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

The President, Com. J. Kiejda occupied the Chair.

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

 

OPENING OF THE MEETING: The President, Com. J. Kiejda 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 March 2017 as circulated be received”.

Com. R. Fortescue (AMWU) seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:                            

“That the minutes of the meeting of 9 March 2017 as circulated be adopted”. 

 Com. G. Derrick (FSU) seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES:  Apologies were received and accepted for: P. Farrow (AWU), R. Collison (AWU), M. Gatfield (UV), B. Smith (SDA), R. Tonkli (SDA).

The Secretary, Com. M Morey moved:       

“That the apologies be received and accepted”.

Com. R. Mallia (CFMEU) seconded.

CARRIED

QUESTION WITHOUT NOTICE:

Com. B. Holmes, NSWNMA Secretary asked if the Secretary was aware that community palliative care services has been privatised to a private western Sydney service.

The Secretary said he was aware of it and that this is a disgraceful move and Unions NSW will support NSWNMA in their campaign against the privatisation.

EXECUTIVE CORRESPONDENCE:

1. From Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU):-  said there is great momentum following from the rally last week and also around the issue of the ABCC and the cuts to penalty rates. 

These issues are incredibly important for all affiliates and mobilising our workplace activists will be crucial to our success. For most unions, the best activists are our workplace delegates who are in a crucial position in encouraging workers to be part of this important campaign and fight.

This was recently discussed at the CFMEU NSW Divisional Branch Committee of Management and it was resolved that we would approach Unions NSW to organise an affiliates wide joint delegates meeting. We believe that this needs to be organised and coordinated as soon as possible to ensure maximum mobilisation of the rank and file about these very important issues facing the movement. 

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

“That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW continues to support the campaign to abolish the ABCC and the campaign to restore penalty rates. 

Unions NSW will convene an urgent meeting of affiliates and their delegates to encourage workers to be part of this important campaign and fight.”

Com. B. Parker (CFMEU) seconded.

CARRIED

Video footage of the national rally held 9 March 2017 was shown and was well received by council.

Com. D. McNamara spoke to council and said that this resolution is important.  We know that the power of union is in their delegates and that delegates should be part of the campaign and we need to listen to them and build the momentum that is there.  I commend the Secretary for his support and we ask for the support of all affiliates.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey spoke and said that he wanted to commend the new Secretary of the ACTU Sally McManus on her recent comments on the need for civil disobedience to support the fight for workers’ rights.

2. From: Finance Sector Union (FSU) regarding CBA workers’ unpaid superannuation. Finance Sector Union Members have achieved a massive win against one of Australia’s largest and most profitable employers, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA).  

Our CBA part time members who are predominately women have not been paid Superannuation on additional hours of work for the past 8 years. 

After repeated requests to fix this issue the FSU embarked on a campaign building member power and taking on the corporate giant to put an end to this corporate greed. 

CBA has finally acknowledged that our members should have been paid Superannuation on additional hours. They have also agreed to pay interest on the unpaid Super. 

The FSU would like to thank the support our members have received from our sister unions, Unions NSW and the ACTU and their Leadership.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

“That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW congratulates the FSU on the success of their campaign to achieve the lost superannuation payments for employees of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia”.

Com. R. Reilly (FSU) seconded.

CARRIED

Com. R. Reilly, FSU Local Executive Secretary spoke to council and said that she wanted to thank unions for their support and spoke of the methods of their campaign.  Our campaign was strategic and protracted and it worked.

 REPORTS:

1. Returning Officer’s Report

The Returning Officer, Com. V. Falconer, reported that in accordance with Rule 24 as at 4:00 pm Wednesday, 15 March 2017 the following nominations were received for the vacant position: 

Finance & Governance Committee Member: (1) to be elected.  

A nomination was received from:  Mel Gatfield, United Voice

As only one (1) nomination was received for the position, I therefore declare Mel Gatfield be elected as a Finance & Governance Committee Member.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

That the report be received and noted”.

 

Com. P. Noack (AWU) seconded.

CARRIED

2.  Penalty Rates Campaign
The Secretary, Com. M. Morey reported on the ACTU plan for the railway station Penalty Rates campaign.  Action is scheduled for Thursday 23 March 2017.  Workplace meetings will also be organised with petitions and resolutions to be adopted.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

That the report be received and noted”.

Com. D. McKinley (ETU) seconded.

CARRIED

3.   International Women’s Day 2017
Com. K. Minter, Research Officer Unions NSW reported that this year’s International Women’s Day march was a great success and thanked everyone involved and gave her congratulations to all the unions for the big turnout of members.

Council was shown video footage of International Women’s Day march last Saturday.

4.  Bowral Public Meeting to discuss public private partnership (PPP)
Com. M. Keiran spoke to council and said that the meeting held in Bowral was a success with standing room only. The meeting was well attended by doctors, nurses, hospital staff and West Health District representatives, past patients, Labor MP Stephen Jones and member for Goulburn Pru Goward.   The meeting rallied support for the unions campaign against privatisation.  

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved: 

That the report be received and noted”.

Com. R. Fortescue (AMWU) seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1. March for Millers Point
In support of the remaining tenants of Sirius, Dawes Point & Millers Point.
Sunday 19 March 12noon- 4pm
Gather at the forecourt of the Fire Station in Kent St and march down Kent St to Village Green.

Come and catch up and enjoy the famous sausage sizzle

2. InvitationWorkers’ rights at threat across Asia
Come and hear from Kalpona Akter, former child garment worker and prominent union organiser and labour rights activist from Bangladesh and Phil Robertson, Human Rights Watch Deputy Asia Director about the fight for workers rights in South East Asia.

Tuesday 28 March at 12noon – 1pm  Unions NSW, Executive Boardroom,

Light lunch provided  -  Please RSVP Robyn Griffith for catering purposes. rgriffith@unionsnsw.org.au

3. Youth Membership DriveJoin the Union
Come and find out how joining your union can help you.

The Red Cow

Westfield Penrith, 9 Station St, Penrith 

7:30pm Friday 31 March

RSVP on FB to secure free tickets bit.ly/friendlyjordies

4. Mother’s Day Classic – Walk or run  - Sunday 14 May 2017

From 6am.  Domain, Art Gallery Road or Parramatta Park

Unions NSW has again entered a team in the Mother’s Day Classic 

Unionists can REGISTER for the event (make sure you click JOIN A TEAM, then select UNIONS NSW) here: http://www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/

Unionists can DONATE to the team here: 

https://mothersdayclassic17.everydayhero.com/au/unions-nsw#/?_k=lnf6ek

We are aiming to raise $5000 for breast cancer research.

 

5. International Day of Mourning

Invitation to join families and friends who have lost loved ones as a result of workplace accidents or an illness acquired at work.

Sydney: Friday 28 April, 11:45am for 12:00noon at Reflection Park, Darlng Harbour

Blacktown Council:      Friday 28 April, 9:00am-10:30am Blacktown Showground, Reflection Pool (near café).

Central Coast:   Friday 28 April, 11:45am for 12noon Ourimbah Wall of Remembrance, Chittaway Rd, Ourimbah

6. Invitation Book Launch Tonight
The Hon. Chris Bowen, Shadow Treasurer is launching:

Keating's and Kelty's Super Legacy:

The Birth and Relentless Threats to the Australian System of Superannuation by Mary Easson

Tonight 6.00pm, Thursday 16 March 2017

 

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:00 PM

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