UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - MEETING HELD THURSDAY 16 FEBRUARY 2017
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM.

The Acting President, Com. G. Derrick occupied the Chair.

PRESENT:  M. Morey [Secretary], E. Maiden, T. Costa [Assistant Secretaries].

OPENING OF THE MEETING:  The Acting President, Com. G. Derrick 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. Morey moved:

“That the minutes from the meeting of 9 February 2017 as circulated be received”.

 Com. P. Byrne (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:                          

That the minutes of the meeting of 9 February 2017 be adopted”.

Com. J. Wright (ASU) seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES:  Apologies were received and accepted for: J. Kiejda (President), P. Farrow (AWU), G. Kelly (USU), E. Cody (SDA), T. Wright (PSA).

The Secretary, Com. M Morey moved:       

“That the apologies be received and accepted”.

Com. G. Plumridge (PSA) seconded.

CARRIED

CREDENTIALS FOR THE ENSURING YEAR:

From:  NSW Nurses and Midwives Association: appointing: B. Holmes, J. Kiejda, W. Baxter, P. Byrne, M. Kearin, R. Martin, N. Mason, P. Millard, T. O’Grady, D. Ravlich, H. Rebeiro, J. Roden, R. Di Staso, M. Whaites and Anne-Marie Whelan as delegates for 2017.

From:  Australian Services Union NSW & ACT (Services) Branch: N. Young, J. Wright, A. McFarland, L. Hutchins and Tom Patton and P. Bates, T. Cone, L. Craig, K. Davis, M. Dos Santos, T. Edwards, L. Everingham, J. Gammie, L.Guit, D. Horafios, N. Madhok, A. Perkins, J. Primrose, L. Solomon, M. Tulloch, H. Westwood, M. Whitington and P. Yiallouros will attend as proxy for 2017.

From:  Transport Workers’ Union NSW Branch: R. Olsen, J. Walton, M. Pieri, N. McIntosh, N. Nyoles, M. Marsic, J. Cindric and J. Lawrence as delegates for 2017.

From:  Independent Education Union: J. Quessy, G. Taylor, M. Northam, Ann-Marie McEwan, M. Jervis, N. Flores, K. Heggart and M. Wright as delegates for 2017.

Northern Mining & NSW Energy District Branch of the CFMEU Mining and Energy Division: G. Kelly, P. Jordan, A. Thomas as delegates for 2017.

EXECUTIVE CORRESPONDENCE:

1.  From: Shop, Distributive & allied Employees’ Association (SDA): regarding extreme working conditions and write:

“We write in relation to increasing concerns we have for our members when temperatures are extreme. Particularly we are concerned for our members working in areas that are not air conditioned or temperature controlled, such as warehouses and big box retailers. As temperatures become more extreme, particularly in summer, clear actions are required for the safety of all workers who work in environments that are not temperature controlled.

Rising temperatures and the health effects.
Temperatures are becoming more extreme.
There can be serious health effects, both long and short term, associated with being exposed to extreme heat. The more observable short term impacts include fatigue, visual disturbances, dizziness, headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle cramps, breathlessness, palpitations, tingling and numbness of the hands and feet.

Key issue in our industries
Over the past few years we have conducted large surveys of our membership which display heat and cold as a key issue affecting retail, fast food and warehouse workers across NSW. Of 3,806 participants in last year’s survey 46% raised concerns with temperatures in their workplaces.

When air-conditioned work places are excluded the percentages increases dramatically to more than two thirds of people reporting issues with temperatures in the workplaces.

The SDA has engaged with SafeWork NSW about these issues following dissatisfaction with the handling of heat related matters.

SafeWork is developing new guidance material on work/rest regimes for hot conditions, and a guide for determining what is reasonable thermal comfort.

However we are concerned, even with these potential improvements in guidance material, that more needs to be done to safeguard workers’ safety during extreme conditions as they become longer and more pronounced. We believe there must be clear limits when it is no longer safe to work. No doubt there are similar issues in other industries where work occurs in environments that are not temperature controlled.”

Com. R. Tonkli spoke to the correspondence and said;

That the reality for retail workers is that they often work without air conditioning and in recent hot weather conditions, retail workers have been suffering in unsafe conditions – sometimes up to 36°.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

“That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW and    Unions NSW supports the SDA’s concerns for the safety of all  workers who work in environments that are not temperature controlled.

“Unions NSW will convene a meeting of interested affiliates to work on a joint approach to SafeWork NSW on safe thermal limits of work”

Com. R. Tonkli (SDA) seconded.

CARRIED

2.  From: Australian Services Union 1800RESPECT (ASU) regarding Privatisation of Rape and Domestic Violence Services and writes:

“I am writing to you about an issue of national significance in relation to the funding of services for people living with sexual, family and domestic violence. 

On Monday, this week workers at the Rape and Domestic Violence Service – known to most people as 1800RESPECT were told that their service is to be advertised for tender.  The service has been given just one week to lodge an ‘expression of interest’ in continuing to provide the service that they have already been providing for years. 

1800RESPECT provides specialist domestic violence and sexual assault counselling through telephone and on line counselling. It is the number promoted by all media and politicians when talking about domestic violence and sexual assault.  Since its inception, the service has been provided by specialist domestic violence and sexual assault trauma counsellors, employed by the Rape & Domestic Violence Service (RDVSA).  RDVSA is regarded internationally as the world’s best service and sets the standard across the sector for the provision of specialised domestic violence and sexual assault support.”

Com. J. Primrose spoke to the correspondence and said:

As a former social worker, I know that working with trauma victims is hard work, highly skilled and specialist work. This workforce is 100% unionised and the service has existed for 50 years.

It is a world’s best service.

Malcolm Turnbull has decided to help women by privatising Rape & Domestic Violence services! This will mean that victims of violence will need to go through a triage call centre that require victims to re-tell their story a number of times. The private sector does not provide support to workers who deal with trauma victims. The government is doing this to attack a unionised workplace and without consideration for the victims or workers."

The Secretary, Com. Morey moved:-

“That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW condemns the actions of the Federal Government. The work of the Rape and Domestic Violence Service plays a crucial role in support for people experiencing violence.

Unions NSW demands that the Federal Government reverse their decision immediately.

Unions NSW endorses the ASU’s campaign and asks affiliates for their support.”

Com. J. Primrose (ASU) seconded.

CARRIED BY ACCLAMATION

REPORTS:

1.   Reminder Unions NSW Nominations Closing Date Now 22nd February 2017

 “I hereby advise in accordance with Rule 24 of Unions NSW Rules, nominations will open at 9:00am on Friday, 10 February, 27 and close at 4:00pm on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 for the following positions”: 

  • VICE PRESIDENT: (1) to be elected.
  • TRUSTEE: (1) to be elected.
  • GENERAL EXECUTIVE MEMBERS: (2) to be elected 

Nominations should be on the prescribed form available from the Secretary.

Should a ballot be necessary it will be held on Thursday, 23 February 2017 between 5.00pm and 7.00pm at the Trades Hall. 

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

That the report be received and noted”.  

Com. I. Knight (HSU) seconded

CARRIED

2.  Union Pride
Com. S. Barbar reported on and announced that he would be organising the upcoming Unions NSW stall at the "Fair Day" on Sunday, 18 February.  He invited all supportive unionists to attend.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the report be received and noted".

Com. R. Fortescue (AMWU) seconded.

CARRIED

3.  ABCC Rally
Com. G. Preston (CFMEU) reported on the ABCC Rally being held on Wednesday 1 March 2017 - details to be confirmed. Affiliates were asked to support the Rally.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the report be received and noted".

Com. G. Preston (CFMEU) seconded

CARRIED.

4.  International Women's Day Afternoon Tea
Com. K. Minter reported on Unions NSW International Women's Day Afternoon Tea being held at 2:30pm, Wednesday 8 March 2017.

Afternoon Tea  to be followed by Big Steps, Equal Pay 'walk off'.  Location to be confirmed.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the report be received and noted".

Com. H. Bellette (RTBU) seconded.

CARRIED

5. International Women's Day March
Com. K. Minter reported on Unions NSW International Women's Day March to be held on Sunday 11 March 2017, 10:00am at the Archibald Foundtain, Hyde Park.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the report be received and noted".

Com. L. Branner (USU) seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1.  Annual General Meeting 
The Secretary, Com. M. Morey advised that the Unions NSW Annual General Meeting 2017 will be held on Thursday 23 February 2017 at 5:30pm – 6.30pm in the Trades Hall Auditorium.

2.  International Transport Workers’ Federation, Australia 
The Secretary, Com. M. Morey advised of a planned action in support of 43 sacked dock workers in Madagascar by International Transport Workers’ Federation, Australia at 12:30pm on Tuesday 28 February 2017 outside the Madagascar Consulate, 47 York Street, Sydney.

3.  Union Lawyers and Industrial Officers Annual Labour Conference 2017
Com. T. Costa advised the Unions NSW Union Lawyers & Industrial Officers NSW Annual Labour Law Conference 2017 will be held on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th February 2017 in the Trades Hall Atrium.

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 5:57 PM

 

 

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