UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - MEETING HELD THURSDAY, 17 AUGUST 2017
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM

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

PRESENT:  Com. M. Morey [Secretary}, Com. T. Costa [Assistant Secretary].

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. 

 

 

INUTES:
The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the minutes from the meeting of 10 August 2017 as circulated be received."

Com. A. Rudman (RTBU) seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the minutes from the meeting of 10 August 2017 as circulated be adopted."

Com. P. Byrne (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES:  Apologies were received and accepted for:  E. Maiden (UNSW), P. Noack (AWU), J. Quessy (IEU).

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the apologies be received and accepted."

Com. B. Holmes seconded.

CARRIED

MOTION OF CONDOLENCES:

Vale:  The Hon. John (Johno) Richard Johnson KCSG

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey led the Motion of Condolences.

John "Johno" Richard Johnson was a shop assistant, union leader, politician and master fundraiser.  He was born in 1930 in Murwillumbah to Ellen and Harry Johnson, a quarantine officer on the Queensland and NSW border.  Due to illness with Tetanus he started his formal education two years late.

Nine months into his secondary education he quit school to work after his father died suddenly.  He held odd jobs, working as a railway clerk, then as a shop assistant at age 15.

He was full-time in the union movement from 1962 as an organiser rising to hold the position of assistant secretary of the Shop Assistants Union.  He was awarded life membership of the SDA in 2016.

He served as a full-time member of the NSW Legislative Council from 1976 to 2001.  He was the President for 13 years where he discarded the ceremonial wig and gown.

When he retired he remained active in the party working tirelessly to fundraise and support the people and the party he loved.

Johno is survived by his wife of 55 years, Pauline, his children Andrew, Michael, Monica, Naomi and their many grandchildren.

His state funeral will be held at Sydney's St Mary's Cathedral from 10:30am on Friday 18 August 2017.

SPEAKERS:

1.  The Secretary, Com. M. Morey welcomed the Hon. Barrie Unsworth, former Secretary of the Labor Council of NSW and former NSW Premier.

Mr Unsworth said it was fabulous to be coming together to  commemorate Johno's life.  He said that there were two aspects of Johno's life; the religious aspect and the secular aspect.  Trades Hall was his temple of labour.  Johno had a catacomb in the temple with things to sell to make a profit for the Labor Party.  He served in the Shop Assistants Union, in Parliament and was for 70 years a party member.  He served in parliament during the Wran and Unsworth governments.

Com. Unsworth said he would like to place on record the fact that Johno was a great servant to the Trade Unions and the political movement.

He said he met Johno 56 years ago in this building (Trades Hall) at a delegate's youth league meeting where there was a debate about the Suez issue.  After the meeting Johno had his shoes off boxing an opponent in the debate.

"At the time, all the young people would attend Unions NSW and watch the Thursday meeting.  Johno always had something to sell: raffle tickets, puddings etc. on behalf of working people.

Johno was not well in these last two years.  When I visited Johno he was confined to his bed.  This was very difficult for him but he bore it.  Last Sunday week he was at deaths door but he knew I was there.

After he died, I managed to convince the State Government he deserved a State Funeral.  Everyone should come."


2. Com. B. Smith thanked Johno's family for allowing Johno to spend so much time with "us" in the labour movement.  He was famous for his raffles and puddings. Johno has had a continuous SDA ticket since 1955.  Johno was a great organiser and Assistant Secretary and he kept his ticket in later years through the Sussex Street Canteen.  Johno was always on the SDA delegation to conference.  Even this year he was named on the delegation, although he was unable to come.

On his Catholic faith, Johno was involved with the Catholic Weekly.  Johno had no tickets on himself even rejecting the ceremonial wig and down of his position as the President of the Upper House. Johno called the SDA prior to his passing.

Everyone knew Johno Johnson and all will miss him.  Deepest condolences to his family.

A ONE-MINUTE SILENCE WAS OBSERVED.

EXECUTIVE CORRESPONDENCE:

1. From the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU); -   The CFMEU writes in respect of the rally that has been scheduled for 18 October 2017 coming out of the Joint Delegates meeting held in July.  The CFMEU writes to request that this rally be deferred to 16 November 2017.

We do not wish to inconvenience other affiliates but the CFMEU has found itself inundated with requests by companies for enterprise agreements that will dominate the time of our officials to negotiate and resolve, leaving insufficient time to prepare for a rally in October as well which will significantly affect the number turning out on the day.

Therefore we request Unions NSW Executive to reschedule the rally to Thursday, 16 November 2017 which will allow us sufficient time to rally our members for this important event.

Further, we would ask that Unions NSW meet the commitment coming out of the joint delegates meeting held last month, that another joint delegates meeting be scheduled for September at a time that is convenient to affiliates.

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


That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW undertake the following options:

  1. Advise all Executive members of the CFMEU's request to move the day of action from 18 October 2017 to Thursday 16 November 2017 to allow them sufficient time to rally their members for this important event.
  2. Retable the correspondence at the Unions NSW Executive meeting on Thursday 24 August 2017 to enable Executive members in the interim to use their internal mechanisms to consult on the CFMEU's request.
  3. At the Unions NSW Executive meeting on Thursday 24 August 2017:

    *  vote on rescheduling the day of action for 16 November 2017; and

    *  finalise a date for a delegates briefing on preparations for the day of action."

Com. R. Mallia (CFMEU) seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1.  Bluestocking Week 2017 - Trivia Night
Celebrating Women in Higher Education - Hosted by NTEU NSW - All unionists Welcome.
Thursday 17 August from 6pm:  Atrium, Trades Hall
Tables of 6
Cost: Women: $25/ea; Men: $29/ea (accounting for the 16% gender pay gap)
Raising funds for Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia
Details and Tickets:   www.nteu.org.au/nsw

2. the Future of Work - Politics in The Pub Goulburn - Monday 21 August
The Goulburn District Community Unions are hosting a Politics in the Pub to talk about the future of work and the impact of Artificial intelligence on jobs.  The topic of discussion will be  "Will Roberts Steal Our Jobs?"
Our Panelists will be:
Ed Husic MP
Alex Ferrara, Goulburn Greens
Councillor Nathan Furry, Goulburn Nationals
Please share these details among your comrades and across your social media platforms
Monday 21 August 2017 6:30pm at The Astor, 92 Auburn Street, Goulburn

3. Save Our Seafarers Rally
Tuesday 22 August at 12 Noon
at Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's Sydney Office, Ground Floor
287-289 New South Head Road (Corner Edgecliff Road), Edgecliff.

4. Launch of First Nations Workers Alliance
The ACTU will be launching First Nations Workers Alliance on Wednesday, August 23 from 6:00pm
at the MUA Sydney Office.  Guest Speaker Lara Watson.
For further information, please contact Mahla Conomos at the MUA or via email Mahla.conomos@mua.org.au.

5.Robbo Drinks
The Hon. John Robertson will address Council next Thursday, 24 August.
Following Council drinks will be held in the Atrium, Trades Hall.

6. 1917 Great Strike Goulburn Centenary Dinner
Saturday 26 August 2017
6:00pm for 7:00pm start - Goulburn Workers Club
Guest Speaker:
Rodney Cavalier

7  APHEDA Fundraising Dinner - Monday 28 August 2017
6:30pm - 10:00pm - Aerial Function Centre, Level 7 (UTS Building 10)
235 Jones Street, Ultimo
Tickets:  $95.00 per ticket / $950 per table of 10 people
Contact: 1800 888 674 or email office@apheda.org.au

8. "Time To Fight Back" - Free Trade Agreement & Privatisation Workshop
When:  10:00am on Thursday 31 August 2017
Venue:  Stephen Birney Auditorium, USU Sydney Offices,  Level 7, 321 Pitt Street, Sydney
Speakers: Dr. Pat Ranald - AFTINET
                 Kate Lee - Union Aid Abroad
                 Michelle Higelin - ActionAid Australia

9. Save The Date - Equal Pay Dinner - Wednesday 13 September 2017 (Details to be confirmed soon)
Guest Speaker: Clea Smith, Cricket Australia

 

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:15PM

            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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