UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MINUTES - MEETING HELD THURSDAY, 16 JUNE 2016
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM.

The Acting President, Com. R. Mallia occupied the Chair.

OPENING OF THE MEETING: The Acting President, Com. R. Mallia 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 June 2016 as circulated be received”.

Com. G. Derrick, (FSU) seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-              

That the minutes of the meeting of 9 June 2016 be adopted”.

Com. G. Derrick, (FSU) seconded.

CARRIED

CREDENTIALS:  

From:  The Textile, Clothing & Footwear Union appointing T. LeFevre in place of J. Owen for tonight’s meeting.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved: -

That the credential be received and the delegates welcomed.”

Com. P. Noack, (AWU) seconded

CARRIED

APOLOGIES:  Apologies were received and accepted for: J. Wright (ASU), R. Fortescue (AMWU), R. Tonkli (SDA), R. Collison (AWU).

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-     

“That the apologies be received and accepted”.

Com. B. Smith, (SDA) seconded.

CARRIED

EXECUTIVE BUSINESS CORRESPONDENCE:

1.  From the Shop, Distributive & Allied Employees’ Association (SDA) regarding the Protect Penalty Rates Campaign and      reads:-

“The SDA in conjunction with the Sydney Alliance, United Voice, local community unions and other faith and community groups will be hosting two community roundtable discussions around Sydney next week. These are an opportunity to spread awareness about the importance of penalty rates and particularly higher Sunday penalty rates which as you know are presently facing an employer challenge in the Fair Work Commission.

Labor and Greens Federal election candidates have accepted invitations to attend and will be called on to sign a pledge to defend penalty rates if they are elected.

We welcome publicity of this event by other unions to keep the profile of penalty rates high as we head into the final days of the Election campaign.

The venues are:

 St Christopher’s Parish Hall , Eddie Avenue (corner of Tower Street), Panania

7.30pm-9.00pm, Tuesday 21 June.


St Ambrose Church, 2 Burke Street, Concord West

7.30pm-9.00pm, Thursday 23 June. “  

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved the Executive recommendation:-

“That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW will support these events and encourage affiliates to support and attend these events.” 

Com. B. Smith, (SDA) seconded the resolution.                       

CARRIED

2.  From the Construction, Forestry, Mining & Energy Union (CFMEU) regarding NSW Public Works and reads: - 

“In June 2015 the government announced that NSW Public Works would be sold or wound down by 1 July, 2016. If sold, people will be offered jobs with no choice of redundancies. If there was no sale, they would be wound down and made redundant through Managing Excess Employees Policy.

Since the announcement, the Department’s idea of consultation has been extremely poor, with any information shared with the workers creating more confusion, leaving everyone unable to plan their futures.

The CFMEU have had the Department in the Industrial Relations Commission three times over their inability to consult with any meaning. We are back in there now. They have held back information and at times not followed the commission’s directions.  

We are in negotiations with the Department, with assistance of the Industrial Relations Commission, over getting clarity of the process and if there is a sale, transfer packages of the likes that have been offered to previous employees affected by government sell offs e.g., transfer payments and employment guarantees. The only “maybe” we had received from negotiations is a possible twelve month employment guarantee, but nothing else. Some further progress has been made.

However, with only a few weeks to go before sell off or closure, the employees are no clearer of their futures and are being told that if they are sold, it will be a matter of a couple of days from announcement to sold, no time to make an inform choice whether to go with new buyer or not. With no redundancies being offered if a job is offered, it’s like a financial gun being put to their heads.

The government is treating these employees (115) as objects for sale rather than people and it is causing undue stress and anxiety. Several employees have expressed that their mental health has been adversely affected by the government’s conduct throughout the process.

These workers have served this state well for a long time and deserve to be treated better than they have been over the last twelve months, ultimately what they want is a choice and the information to be able to make that choice. With only two to three weeks to go, they are none the wiser.

These workers have bravely voted to take industrial action to force the Baird NSW Government to take a more humane and fair approach. The workers have been well supported by Unions NSW and we thank Mark Morey and Thomas Costa for their invaluable assistance.

We acknowledge and appreciate the on-going support of Unions NSW and affiliates in the current fight.”

Acting President, Com. R. Mallia spoke to the correspondence and expressed her appreciation for the difficult sacrifices these members have made in a fight for their rights.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved the Executive recommendation:-

 “That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW will continue to support the employees of Public Works and their fight for a fair outcome to their dispute with the State Government.”

Com. G. Preston, (CFMEU) seconded the resolution.                       

CARRIED

3.  From the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA) regarding National Aged Care phone-in. National Aged Care phone in Saturday 18th June 10am to 3pm and reads:-

“People from across New South Wales are being urged to raise their concerns about aged care by taking part in a national phone-in on Saturday 18th June being conducted by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) and NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA).

With $1.8 billion axed from the aged care budget by the Turnbull Government, the ANMF and NSWNMA want to hear how the funding cuts are negatively impacting the delivery of care in nursing homes across the States and Territories.

The ongoing cuts to ACFI (Aged Care Funding Instrument) and in the MYEFO (Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook) prove that the Government has abandoned aged care.

These unprecedented budget cuts will see the funding for some frail residents with high care needs in nursing homes drop from $46 a day per resident, to just $16 per resident. How can you possibly provide quality care for that amount of money? It beggars belief.

In addition to this decrease in residential care, we are concerned that proposed funding cuts may also affect the amount of care able to be provided to elderly people in their homes.

Our aged care phone-in is an opportunity for frontline nurses, and assistants in nursing (AIN) to tell us how the funding cuts are compromising their ability to do their job and provide a high-standard of care to their residents.

We’d also like to hear from the children, grandchildren and other relatives of older, vulnerable Australians living in nursing homes – we need to hear about the issues they have and the stories they want to raise. I’m sure they’ll be asking how their mums and dads can be cared for on just $16 a day.

According to research carried out by the ANMF, the aged care cuts mean that in NSW alone funding will be reduced by $172 million over four years.

Currently, the sector is suffering a national shortage of 20,000 nurses. Our members working in aged care are telling us that it’s not uncommon to have only one registered nurse (RN) caring for up to 100 patients in a nursing home.

The national phone-in will take place across Australia on Saturday, 18 June from 10am-3pm, with callers from the entire Australian community being asked a series of questions about their experiences and views on aged care. A questionnaire can also be completed on-line at www.anmf.org.au and www.icareandivote.com.au

I would like to advise Unions NSW of this national aged care phone in and ask for affiliates to promote this to their members and their families, and encourage them to participate.”

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved the Executive recommendation:-

“That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW will continue to support NSWNMA in their National Aged Care phone-in and will circulate to affiliates.”

Com. B. Holmes, (NSWNMA) seconded the resolution.                       

CARRIED

4.  From the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) regarding The Rally for Jobs and reads:-

“The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union will be holding a rally on Tuesday 21 June to condemn the NSW Government’s budget and specifically their failure to support manufacturing jobs. 

The Rally for Jobs is part of the AMWU’s Build them Here campaign, which calls on the state government to purchase NSW-made infrastructure such as trains, buses and ferries as well as mandating the use of Australian steel.

The rally will be held at 2:30PM at the eastern end of Martin Place.

We are calling on Unions NSW and their affiliates to support this rally, and communicate with its affiliates to support it as well.”

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved the Executive recommendation:-

“That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW will support the rally and encourage affiliates to support and attend the rally.”

Com. D. McKinley, (ETU) seconded the resolution.                       

CARRIED

REPORTS:

1.  Returning Officer’s Report

The Returning Officer, Com. V. Falconer, (AWU), reported that in accordance with Rule 24 as at 4:00pm, 16th June 2016 the following nomination was received for the position of Trades Hall Board Director:

Com. Dave McKinley, Assistant Secretary, Electrical Trades Union

As only one (1) nomination was received for the position Com. V. Falconer declared Com. D. McKinley elected as Director, Trades Hall Board.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved the Executive recommendation:-

“That the report be received and adopted.”

Com. A. Claassens, (RTBU) seconded the resolution.                       

CARRIED

2.  BTG (Building Trades Group) Delegates Meeting.
Com. S. Deguara, (Unions NSW) reported on the BTG Delegates Meeting which was held last week. He discussed a number of concerns which are facing the construction unions, including the Federal Government’s announcement to re-introduce the Australian Building and Construction Commission. Increased risks to safety on job sites and the Electrical Trades Union’s $1million campaign to organise the construction industry.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved the Executive recommendation:-

 “That the report be received and noted”.

 Com. A. Claassens, (RTBU) seconded the resolution.                  

 CARRIED

3.   Campaign Reports

1.   Rail Stations Leaflet Drops.

In preparation for the upcoming federal election, union activists will be handing out leaflets at railway stations on Thursday 30 June and Friday 1st July 2016. Stations include: 

  • Redfern
  • Central
  • Martin Place
  • Town Hall
  • Wynyard
  • Parramatta

 he Secretary, Com. M. Morey spoke to the report and said that “ACTU mini Medicare cards will be distributed at stations, Penrith and Wollongong and Kiama will be added to the list of stations and handout will also occur at 6:30am at shopping centres.”

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

That the report be received and noted”. 

Com. A. Claassens (RTBU) seconded.

CARRIED 

2. Unions NSW Trades Hall Phone Banks

Unions NSW Trades Hall phone banks will continue in the lead up to the federal election and will be on the following dates:

  • Thursday 16 June
  • Saturday 18 June
  • Monday 20 June to Thursday 23 June
  • Monday 27 June to Thursday 30 June  

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:- 

“That the campaign reports be received and noted”. 

Com. A. Claassens, (RTBU) seconded.                   

 CARRIED                                                                                                  

 ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1.  Vinnie’s CEO Sleepout 2016

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey will participate in the CEO Sleepout next Thursday 23 June 2016 from 6:00pm at Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh until 7:00am 24th June 2016. To donate go to www.ceosleepout.org.au Click on CEO’s then browse the list for Sydney to find Mark.

2.  TWU Safe Rates Harbour Bridge Convoy

Join the Fight for Safe Rates and Save Chapter 6 with TWU members & their families on Sunday 19 June at 8:00am at Mars Road, Lane Cove (near dead end). For more info call TWU 9912 0700

3.  Invitation - Injured Workers Support Network Family Picnic

Join the Injured Workers Support Network as we recognise national injured workers day to be held at 11:00am on Sunday 19 June 2016. The event will be held at Holroyd Workplace Memorial Park, Brickworks Drive, Holroyd Park.

4.  Aged Care Rally

Join NSWNMA in their rally, Reverse the Cuts to Aged Care, Let’s keep RNs 24/7, Protect Penalty Rates on Wednesday 22 June at 11:00am at George Street, Windsor (near Riverview Shopping Centre). IF YOU DON’T CARE, WE CAN’T CARE.

5.  ACTU Organising Works – Applications close 30June 2016

This invaluable program has been servicing unions in their organising efforts for more than 20 years and has now been revitalised with a new curriculum.

We are calling for expressions of interest for programs running in NSW, Qld & Vic.  This program will be composed of ten courses beginning in July 2016 and running until September 2017. For further information please go to the ACTU website https://actu.wufoo.com/forms/z1a8e22w1xn3c2x/    

6.  Union Aid Abroad APHEDA Draw -  Annual Raffle 2016

The raffle was drawn by The Secretary, Com. M. Morey and all prizes were awarded.

 

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:00 PM

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