UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - MEETING HELD THURSDAY 18 MAY 2017
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM

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

PRESENT:  E. Maiden (Assistant Secretary), K. Minter (Research Officer) and delegates as per attendance book.

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 Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:

"That the minutes from the meeting of 11 May 2017 as circulated be received".

Com. A. Claassens seconded.

CARRIED

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:

"That the minutes from the meeting of 11 May 2017 as circulated be adopted".

Com. B. Holmes seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES:  Apologies were received and accepted for:  G. Kelly (USU), R. Collison (AWU), M. Thomson (NTEU), D. McKinley (ETU), B. Smith and R. Tonkli (SDA), S. Bean & P. Farrow (AWU).

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:

"That the apologies be received and accepted".

Com. S. Ackerman AWU) seconded.

CARRIED

EXECUTIVE CORRESPONDENCE:

1.  From: Rail, Tram and Bus Union - Tram and Bus Division (RTBU): regarding Action to Fight Bus Privatisation.

I write to inform Unions NSW of the latest act of treachery by the State Liberal Government.  On Tuesday, 16th May we were notified by the media that Minister Constance intends to privatise Region 6, which will directly affect at least 1400 of our members in the State Transit Depots of Leichhardt, Burwood, Tempe and Kingsgrove.

This announcement is typical of an out of touch Minister who lives in rural NSW and has no idea what it is like to drive a car in our great city, let alone navigate a 10 ton vehicle around the obstacles that this Government has created.   It doesn't matter whether it be a public or private bus, the results will be the same - it will be late.

Clearly, this is a fight that the Rail, Tram and Bus Union needs to have and we seek the assistance of affiliates in our campaign to try and convince the Government that they have it wrong and they cannot distance themselves from their responsibility to the travelling public of NSW by selling off yet another asset to fill the pockets of a few, instead of helping the many.

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved the Executive recommendation:

"That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW stands with the Rail Tram and Bus Union - Tram and Bus Division in the fight against bus privatisation in NSW.

We condemn the Government's decision to privatise Region 6 of Sydney's bus network.

With affiliates, we will continue to campaign until the NSW State Government reverses its decision to sell off yet more public services and infrastructure".

Com. A. Claassens (RTBU) seconded.

CARRIED

Com. A. Claassens spoke to the correspondence and said, "Thank you Unions NSW for supporting bus drivers in this fight.  It has been a while since the last strike.  The Bus Division had lead the charge to stand up against privatisation.  I would also like to congratulate Comrade Chris Preston, Secretary of the Bus Division.

The privatisation decision of region 6 of Sydney's bus network took the RTBU by surprise as it was originally expecting the Northern Beaches to be privatised.  Privatisation won't make buses faster, only adding to the congestion.

Decision was made in Cabinet because Northern Beaches MPs didn't want to pick a fight with the unions, because they know how good we are at campaigning.  So instead they've turned their attention to the inner west.  We will fight until this decision is overturned."

2.  From:  CFMEU Construction and General Division:- regarding Save the Date, National Rally against Turnbull's War on Workers.

The CFMEU has resolved to call a national rally on Tuesday 20 June 2017 11;00am - 1;00pm to protest the continued Turnbull War on Workers, in particular the continued persecution of workers and delegates by the ABCC and the introduction of Building Code 2016 that seeks to strip back lawfully negotiated enterprise agreements.  Meanwhile construction workers continue to be killed at a rate of one worker per week nationally.  Add to this the litany of anti-worker and anti-union policies and legislative changes that have continued unabated under Liberal Governments from penalty rate cuts to privatisation and every thing in between it is felt we need to take our opposition to the streets of Sydney.

There is considerable momentum amongst our members, and no doubt amongst the members of Unions NSW affiliates to keep up the fight.  We want to build on the success of the rally in March and we invite Unions NSW to endorse the rally, promote attendance and invite all affiliates to join with us on this day.  We are yet to finalise location details but at this stage we would ask that Unions NSW endorse the action, and ask affiliates to save the date.

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved the Executive recommendation:

“That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW will continue to fight the Federal Government to overturn the ABCC and the draconian restrictions placed on construction workers.

Unions NSW endorses the rally and encourages all affiliates to save the date - Tuesday 20 June 2017 – for this important event.”

Com. Brian Parker (CFMEU) seconded.

CARRIED

Com. Brian Park spoke to the correspondence and said:  "Thank you to all the unions who attended the last ABCC meeting.

ABCC not ratifies terms of agreements.  As a result we've seen cuts to RDO's, delegates rights, site allowances and the 36 hour week.

Our members will fight against this systematic attack on workers' rights.

We need to make sure workers understand that after construction workers' rights are attacked, the government will be coming after all workers."

REPORTS:

1.  Mother's Day Classic

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden reported on this year's Mother's Day Classic.

Com. Maiden said Team Unions NSW raised $11,190 and won 3rd place for the largest community team sector team.  This is an outstanding result and thanks the Team Unions NSW participants, CFMEU, FSU, AWU, NTEU, MEAA and United Voice.

Thank you to Comrades Rita Mallia (CFMEU), Steve Ackerman (AWU), Michael Thomson (NTEU), Mich-Elle Myers (MUA), Marj O'Callaghan (UV).

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:

"That the report be received and noted".

Com. R. Fortescue (AMWU) seconded.

CARRIED


2.  Maitland Hospital Community Forum
Com. M. Kearin (NSWNMA) reported on the Maitland Hospital Community Forum hosted by The Maitland Mercury, Michael Di Rienzo (Hunter New England Local Health District Chief Executive), Dr Ben Spies-Butcher, Macquarie University Senior Lecturer in Economy and Society and Ms Jenny Atchison, Maitland MP and over 200 people who are committed to public health.

A Q&A was included in the forum where people had their concerns answered by the health partnerships on the panel of Comrades, Judith Kiejda  (NSWNMA), Andrew Holland (ASMOF) and Gerard Hayes (HSU).

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:

"That the report be received and noted".

Com. B. Holmes (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

3.  Penalty Rates Campaign

Com. B. Smith (SDA) reported on the Penalty Rates Campaign held at the Penrith Valley Community Union with the support of Emma Husar, ALP and Sydney Alliance.  Budget is dependent on wage increase, but giving a pay cut to workers.

A blitz on penalty rates was held on Mother's Day in the seat of Gilmore.  Local activists signed up over 40 new members over the three days.

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:

"That the report be received and noted".

Com. P. Noack (AWU) seconded.

CARRIED

4.  Returning Officer's Report

The Returning Officer, Com. V. Falconer reported that in accordance with Rule 24 as at 4:00pm Friday 12 May 2017 the following nomination was received for the vacant position on Unions NSW Executive.

Vice President -one (1) to be elected.   A nomination was received from:

John Dixon, NSWTF

As only one (1) nomination was received for the position, I therefore declare John Dixon be elected as a Vice President.

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:

"That the report be received and noted".

Com. M. Sharkey (NSWTF) seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1.  Book Launch -  Jeff Sparrow's No Way But This, In search of Paul Robeson.  The artist must take sides...must elect to fight for freedom or slavery.  I have made my choice."  Thus Paul Robeson during the Spanish Civil War.

Jeff Sparrow follows Robeson's life, work, passions and tragedies in his book NO WAY BUT THIS (Scribe, 2017).

Jeff will be at Sydney Trades Hall on the evening of Thursday 15th June from 6:00pm in the Trades Hall Auditorium. Lower Ground Floor, Trades Hall with a presentation and discussion about this remarkable man.

Free Event - RSVP's to ntowart@unionsnsw.org.au.

2.  Industrial Seminar - Wage Theft in Australia
What is its extent and what we can do to stamp it out.
Thursday 22nd June 2pm - 4pm, Trades Hall Auditorium
For further information contact Linda Carruthers 0448 451 450

3. NexGen17 Conference
The ACTU Organising and OHS conferences are combined to create NEXGEN17 - a conference for the whole union movement
26 - 28 June 2017 at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour.

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 5:57PM

 

 

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