UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES MEETING HELD THURSDAY, 15th OCTOBER 2015 IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY 5:30PM

The President, Com. M. Issanchon occupied the Chair.

PRESENT: M. Lennon[Secretary], E. Maiden [Assistant Secretary].

OPENING OF THE MEETING:
The President, Com. M. Issanchon opened the meeting and in doing so recognised the traditional owners of the land on which the meeting was held, The Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.

MINUTES:

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

“That the minutes from the meeting of 8th October 2015 as circulated be received”.

 Com. V. Faulkner seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

 

That the minutes of the meeting of 8th October 2015 be adopted”.

Com. J. Taylor seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES: Were received and accepted for: M. Morey, C. Boyle, R. Tonkli, B. Smith. G. Kelly (USU), A. Claassens,  J. Kiejda  B. Holmes.

The Secretary, M. Lennon moved:-

 “That the apologies be received and accepted”.

Com P. Kelly seconded.

CARRIED

REPORTS:

1. BlueScope

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon reported on BlueScope Port Kembla steelworks negotiations. Com. Arthur Rorris, Secretary South Coast Labour Council and Wayne Phillips are lobbying Parliament regarding the issue.

The deal is still not finalised with workers agreeing to a wage freeze and other measures to limit the job losses to 500.

Com. Dave McKinley, also spoke and said BlueScope has had cutbacks over the last few years and during EBA negotiations BlueScope had approached the unions about this crisis they say they are having. They say steel making in Port Kembla is unviable and unless $500M in savings were made, shut down is inevitable. Shutting down Bluescope would shut down Wollongong. The AWU did studies showing the impact on Wollongong.  10,000 jobs would go. Unlike Newcastle when their steelworks closed, Wollongong has nothing to fall back on. 

A mediation process began with DP Hatcher from the IRC. The company went into detail regarding the cuts and agreement was reached.  The agreement went to members last week.  Payroll tax and environment levy concessions have been asked of the State Government.  That went to Cabinet today.  $220 odd million in savings from workers.  228 wages jobs cuts (out of 1500) and 178 salary jobs cut. Cutting local agreements re pre-paid overtime, shift relief etc. Some members have lost $56k a year (one third of the workforce), but have kept their job. The company tried to claw back more, but the unions managed to resist. 

 

The Board meets soon then the AGM.  Management intend to recommend that the Steelworks remain open.  But there is no timeframe on it.  Cost of steel has dropped further.  Management are absorbing these costs at this stage. If the price of steel drops more it may need to be reviewed.

Com. McKinley also noted $100m in savings had been sought from Wyalla and $80m from New Zealand.

As of today it looks like only about 20 forced redundancies will happen and the rest will be voluntary redundancies.

Daniel Walton from the AWU did a stellar job in the mediation.

Hopefully there is a long life for the steelworks yet.

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

That the report be received”.

Com. M. Stylii seconded.

 The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

“That the report be noted and Unions NSW gives its full support to the actions of the unions in their work to keep the steelworks open. We call on the State Government to do everything in their power to keep the steelworks open including sourcing steel itself from Bluescope.”

Com. D. McKinley. seconded.

CARRIED

2.  Boxing Day Trading

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon reported on the recent Media Release from the NSW Treasurer suggesting she will introduce legislation to open stores on Boxing Day and take workers away from their families over the festive period. Opening stores on Boxing Day will serve no purpose other than to rob workers of valuable family time.

The Treasurer is attempting to make this look like a win for the people of NSW, but in actual fact nothing could be further from the truth. Com. Lennon said all this is going to do was rob thousands of NSW families having Christmas together. Gladys Berejiklian clearly wants to go down as the Grinch who stole Christmas. The Treasurer's rhetoric of fairness for business ignores fairness for families at Christmas time.

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon said previously we had 6½ restricted trading days. How many days do people need to shop? We have 360 ½ days to shop. Isn’t that enough? He asked what is the obsession with Boxing Day by this Government?  Why can’t retail workers have a few days off? He noted it won’t improve economic growth, people don’t want to work and it is big business setting the agenda for this State. The SDA and Unions NSW will be lobbying up at Parliament. He also noted that small retailers would prefer to be closed but are often required to open by shopping centres.

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

That the reported be received and noted”.

 Com. P. Noack seconded.            

CARRIED

3.   TAFE

The Secretary, Com M. Lennon reported on today’s story in the SMH regarding course cutbacks at TAFE due to low enrolments due to fewer course options and higher fees.  The NSW Teachers Federation in Victoria were attending their executive or they would be here to report.  We need skills formation.  It is essential for the economy and as a pathway to jobs.

 

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

 “That the reported be received and noted”.

Com. Genevieve Kelly seconded.             

CARRIED

4.  Build a Better Future Campaign

Com. Emma Maiden reported on the Build a Better Future Campaign and the special BBF Campaign Briefing with ACTU Vice-President, Sally McManus that will be held next Thursday.

Com. E. Maiden also spoke of the NSW China Free Trade Agreement debates to be held at various locations.

NSW China Free Trade Agreement Debates

Date

City

Venue

Time

Tuesday 27 October

Grafton

South Grafton Ex-Servicemen’s Club

Wharf Street, South Grafton

6pm

Tuesday 27 October

Hurstville

Hurstville Club Central

2 Crofts Ave, Hurstville

6pm

Tuesday 27 October

Central Coast

The Entrance Leagues Club

3 Bay Village Rd, Bateau Bay, Central Coast

6.30pm

Wednesday 28 October

Penrith

Penrith Paceway

141-147 Station Street, Penrith

6pm

Friday

30 October

Queanbeyan

Heritage Room, The Royal Hotel QBN

85 Monaro St, Queanbeyan

6pm

Wednesday 18 November

Bomaderry

Bomaderry Bowling Club

154 Meroo Rd, Bomaderry

6.30pm

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

That the report be received and noted”.

Com. P. Reid seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1     Real Men Wear Pink launch – Atrium, Thursday 22 October at 5:30pm

Join us together with Bisley ambassador Scott Cam from “The Block” to celebrate the launch of Real Men Wear Pink.  Food & drinks will be provided.

We encourage officials to wear the colour pink (the more outrageous the better).

Join in the fun –  Wear pink & it can be as outrageous as you want

Prizes will be presented for the:

  • Best Union Team
  • Best individual outfit
  • Best runner-up in both categories.

A professional photographer will be there to snap your best pink moments to promote through your journals and websites.

Take part in the fun and help raise funds for a wonderful cause 

2     Invitation  - Book launch 
Murder in Tottenham:  Australia’s first political assassination -By Dr Rowan Day
Trades Hall, Unions NSW  Friday 23rd October 5:30pm for 6pm

To be launched by Paul Lynch MP for Liverpool Shadow Attorney General

3     Movie Fundraiser Night

 NSW Nurses & Midwives Association are proud partners of “Never Alone”.

Join nurses and midwives across the country for one important movie night

All proceeds go to Rosie Batty’s ‘Never Alone campaign’  to support victims of family violence and raising awareness to help end this epidemic.

7pm Tuesday 27th October

Event Cinema, Burwood Westfield

Cost:  $35 includes popcorn + glass wine or beer

RSVP:  www.trybooking.com/JDKM  or contact  gginty@nswnma.asn.au

4     Safety and Injured Workers Conference Dinner

Raising funds for the Injured Workers Support Network

Thursday 22nd October 6pm for 6:30pm start The Red Room 99 York St, Sydney.    $140 per head.  All profits go to the Injured Workers Support Network

5     Safety and Injured Workers Conference

Unions NSW will be holding its Annual Safety and Injured Workers Conference Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd October 2015.  Please register your attendance with  Rose Docwra at rdocwra@unionsnsw.org.au      

6     The Asbestos Diseases Foundation Gala Race Day 2015

ADFA is holding its Gala Race Day to provide services to the community and to raise funds for the Asbestos Disease Research Institute (ADRI) at Concord Hospital.   Saturday 31st October  - Derby Day – Rosehill Gardens
11:30am arrival -  First race starts at 12:05pm
Single tickets - $200 (GST inclusive)  or a table of 10 for $2,000
For further information please contact ADFA office on 9637 8759 

7     160th Anniversary Labour Day Dinner

We will be celebrating our Annual Dinner on  Friday 13th NOVEMBER 2015

7:00pm Sharp  -  Parliament House, Macquarie St, Sydney

$130 per ticket - Tables of 8, 10 and 12 available.  Please contact Salim Barbar on 0417 286 482 for further details.

This year’s tickets will be automated via the ‘Eventbrite’ website

8. The People’s Climate March  -  Sunday 29 November -1:00pm The Domain,

As world attention is focused on the Paris international climate talks, we will mobilise and rally all over Australia to:

Send a strong message to our political leaders about the need to protect the Australian people by fairly transitioning to renewable energy and shifting away from dirty polluting fossil fuels. Further information: Peoplesclimate.org.au

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 5:53 PM

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