UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - MEETING HELD THURSDAY 19 OCTOBER 2017
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM

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

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

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 12 October 2017 as circulated be received."

Com. N. Lang (ASU) seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the minutes from the meeting of 12 October 2017 as circulated be adopted."

Com. D. McKinley (ETU) seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES:     Apologies were received and accepted for:  J. Kiejda (President), R. Fortescue (AMWU), J. quessy (IEU), B. Holmes (NSWNMA), H. Rebeiro & J. Roden (NSWNMA).

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the apologies be received and accepted."

Com. J. Wright (ASU) seconded.

CARRIED

ANTI-POVERTY WEEK:
This week was Anti-Poverty Week and Unions NSW focused on poverty with an expert panel, leading discussion about the causes of poverty in NSW.

The Acting President, Com. R. Mallia welcomed delegates to Council for the special forum on Anti-Poverty Week.

GUEST SPEAKERS:

Narelle Clay, Chief Executive Office of Southern Youth and Family Services and President, Australian Services Union (ASU) in NSW and ACT.

Narelle spoke and said:  "I'd like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which the meeting was held, The Gadigal People of the Eora Nation and my union the Australian Services Union (ASU) and all the other unions who are here.

There is a lot of talk about homelessness and housing affordability but little talk about poverty.

In NSW 28,000 people slept homeless this year.  Poverty is cyclical and we need to introduce reforms to increase wages and conditions and encourage full-time quality jobs if we are to end poverty and homelessness."

Adam Farrar, Principal Policy Officer, Shelter NSW spoke and said:  "Income is important to causes of poverty but housing affordability is also a key factor.  Which is why good quality low cost housing of public housing is needed.  60% of people living in poverty are renting.  In NSW 88% of renters are in housing stress.  Almost all of these are working people.  Aboriginal people are even more disadvantaged.  Another group at greater risk of poverty is ageing single women.  Ultimately, poverty leads to homelessness more than any other issue.

Many people in poverty go without basic needs such as one substantial meal a day, dental or medical treatment.  This is what poverty means.  NSW has the least affordable housing and the problem is getting worse.  There is a shortage of 135,000 houses for low income people.  What can we do?  Change the government and the introduction of the good commitments promised by the ALP Opposition."

Lina Cabero, Coordinator of Asian Women at Work Inc. spoke and said:  "Workplaces for Asian migrant women have become more than other places of extreme exploitation.  Wages are well below minimum rates, job security is non-existent and conditions are unsafe.  Migrant women workers make a contribution to Australia but the system is broken, their rights are ignored.  Many women say that, yes, their conditions are better here than in the motherland, but they still feel the pressures and pain associated with poverty and the lack of opportunities available to them."

NTEU STIKE ACTION:

The Acting President, Com. R. Mallia moved a resolution of solidarity with NTEU members who are on strike today.

PASSED BY ACCLAMATION

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1.  National Campaign Forum - We Won't Wait
A conference for workplace leaders, delegates and union members around the country to come together to #ChangeThe Rules for working women.  Campaign briefing on:

  • Working women campaign agenda
  • Make it Fair campaign
  • We Won't Wait - 10 days paid domestic violence leave

Plus workshops on lobbying in your community and leading workplace actions.

10am - 4pm  Friday 20 October 2017 - Trades Hall, Enter via 377 Sussex Street, Sydney.

2.  Barton Trivia Night - Linda Burney MP, Member for Barton
6.00pm Friday 20 October 2017  - Arncliffe Scots Club,  20 Burrows Street, Arncliffe $
30 pp - tables of 10 available.
Proceeds will go towards the re-election of Linda Burney as the Federal Member for Barton.
RSVP to Maria on 9587 1555.

3.  The Future of Public TAFE Institutions
New Social Policy
Friday 20 October 2017 - 10a.m - 5pm - NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, 33 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills
Tickets:  General Admission $200 each and AEU Members: $50 each

4.  Ryde-Macquarie Teachers' association's Annual Dinner
Friday 27 October 2017 6:00pm for 6:30pm start
At Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club, 117 Rydale Road, West Ryde.
Guest Speaker:  Unions NSW Secretary, Mark Morey
RSVP's by Friday 20 October
Bookings:   Janine Kitson:  Janine_kitson@tpg.com.au

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:20PM

 

 

 

 

 

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