UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES MEETING HELD THURSDAY, 19 MAY 2016
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM

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

PRESENT:   M. Morey [Secretary], 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.

MINUTES:

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:- 

“That the minutes from the meeting of 12 May 2016 as circulated be received”.

 Com. G. Derrick seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-                            

That the minutes of the meeting of 12 May 2016 be adopted”.

Com. P. Reid seconded.

CARRIED

CREDENTIALS:

From:  The NSW Nurses & Midwives Association advising Cathy Nicholson will represent the Federation for future meetings until             October 2016.

From:  The Australian Workers Union, NSW Branch (AWU) advising S. Ackerman will be attending tonight's meeting in place                  of R. Collison.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved: -

 “That the credentials be received and the delegates welcomed.”

Com. J. Sinclair seconded

CARRIED

APOLOGIES:
Apologies were received and accepted for: E. Maiden (Unions NSW), J. Wright (ASU), G. Kelly (CFMEU Mining) , G. Kelly (NTEU), P. Byrne (NSWNMA), B. Smith (SDA), W. Baxter (NSWNMA), R. Collison (AWU).

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-     

“That the apologies be received and accepted”.

Com. R. Fortescue seconded.

CARRIED

Motion of Condolence – John Kaye MLC

 

The Secretary Com. M. Morey acknowledged the family and guests attending this evening Motion of Condolence to remember what an exceptional man Dr John Kaye was.  The Secretary introduced our first speaker: 

 

Maurie Mulheron, President of NSW Teachers Federation

Mr Mulheron said John Kaye was a good friend of his union and a great advocate that had the utmost respect for teachers and their union.  John was a tenacious campaigner for public education, particularly TAFE and led the national debate on education funding issues.  John introduced many motions to the Upper House in support of public schools and TAFE funding.

In recent years John was very vocal about calling on the Coalition to abandon its Smart and Skilled privatisation policy, which has cut TAFE funding, leading to teacher job losses, reduced TAFE course offerings, plus increased TAFE student fees. He was a strong supporter of the Gonski needs-based school funding model.

John will be greatly missed by all. 

 

Maurie then played the banjo and sang a Pete Seager’s song; ‘To my Old Brown Earth’.

 

David Shoebridge MLC

Mr Shoebridge said that the driving passion in John Kaye’s work was for public education. He was committed to unionism and public education.  He said there remains a legacy of John in the NSW Parliament which includes his work to protect steel industry and electrical industry.

 

Cathy Rytmeister, Member of NSW & National NTEU and President of Macquarie University Branch.  Ms Rytmeister said she was honoured to speak to the motion of condolence for Dr John Kaye who was a colleague and friend.  She gave her condolences to the friends and family of John Kaye.

 

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey addressed council and said that John Kaye was a passionate and driven man whom he had the pleasure of working with in the fight to stop the privatisation of electricity, of him he said he was a man who whether you agreed with him or not you always respected him.  Our condolences to his lifelong partner Lynne who is here tonight and to his family and many friends. 

A MINUTE’S SILENCE WAS OBSERVED

EXECUTIVE BUSINESS CORRESPONDENCE:

1.  From Australian Services Union (ASU):   The ASU seeks support from Unions NSW and affiliates for the ASU’s campaign “Save our Local Community Services.”    This is a campaign for better funding of community services at a state and federal level.

In the past 3 years $500 million has been withdrawn from federal funding from the social and community services sector. Services that have been cut include domestic violence services, community legal centres, financial counselling and relief, homelessness services, youth and advocacy organisations and peak bodies.

The ASU will organise a week of action commencing on 6June and will hold events in marginal seats asking that candidates pledge their support for funding restoration and an improved funding model.

Please join the ASU at 12 Noon on 10 June for a rally outside the Prime Minister’s Office to Save our Local Community Services.

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

 “That the correspondence be received and that Unions NSW encourages affiliates to support the ASU’s week of action from 6 June and to attend the rally on Friday 10 June at 12noon outside the Prime Minister’s office to Save our Local Community Services”.

 

Com. A. McFarland seconded the resolution.                   .

CARRIED

2.  From Faith Leaders:  regarding save our local community services campaign.  Rev Jim McKeon from Holy Cross Catholic Church, Kincumber, Rev Patty Lawrence from Broken Bay Parish Uniting Church, Fr Michael Davies from St Luke’s Anglican Church Woy Woy and St Andrews Anglican Umina, and Mr David Patterson from Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay wrote to the Secretary of Unions NSW Mark Morey to convey their thanks for Unions NSW and participating affiliates in helping to make their May 17th Save our Weekend Community Conversation on penalty rates a resounding success.

106 people gathered from the electorate of Robertson at Holy Cross Catholic Parish, Kincumber on the Central Coast and shared their stories of what a cut to penalty rates would mean for Central Coast workers, families and the community at large. Federal candidates Anne Charlton (ALP) and Van Davy (Independent) both listened and pledged to defend penalty rates and protect the conditions of workers.

Thanks was especially due to the work of Kiel Winch (United Voice) , Michelle Cashman (NSWNMA), Rhianna-Leigh Gymellas (NSWNMA), Barbara Nebart (SDA) and David Bliss (SDA), Salim Barbar (Unions NSW) and Aarin Moon (Central Coast Community Union Alliance).

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

“That the correspondence be received and that Unions NSW also extends our thanks to SDA, United Voice and NSW Nurses & Midwives Association for their continued support of the Sydney Alliance.”

Com. M. Kehrin seconded the resolution.                      .

CARRIED

REPORTS:

1.     Campaign Update

The Secretary spoke of the Federal Election National Telethon held last Saturday at the following locations: Sydney, Parramatta, Campbelltown, Central Coast, Newcastle, Grafton, Nowra and Wollongong.  The call centres were well supported by union volunteers and NSW topped the country with 538 pledges for NSW.  Thank you to all staff, organisers and volunteers.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

 “That the report be received and noted.”

Com. P. Doughty seconded.                     .

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1.  Launch of the Macquarie University Research into Workers Compensation

Unions NSW will be launching the third report by Macquarie University into the effects of the workers compensation cuts of 2012.

The event is hosted by Clayton Barr, Member for Cessnock and will be held at:
1.30pm Thu 2nd June - Parliament House, Jubilee Room.  For catering purposes please rsvp to rdocwra@unionsnsw.org.au

2.  Mothers Day Classic
Thank you to our team of runners and supporters.  The total raised for the Breast Cancer Foundation has been over $5000.

3.  Public Forum - National Tertiary Education Union
Come and hear speakers on the future of TAFE and university, followed by Q&A with federal election candidates on Wednesday 25 May 2016, 6:30pm at Armidale City Bowling Club (92-96 Dumaresq St).  RSVP: Postschools@Wnswtf.org.au or 9217 2308

4. ACTU Organising Works
Is commencing soon.  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 ins NSW, Qld & Vic.  This program will be composed of ten courses beginning in July 2016 and running to September 2017.

For further information please go to the ACTU website  https://actu.wufoo.com/forms/z1a8e22w1xn3c2x/    

5.  Union Aid Abroad APHEDA – Annual Raffle 2016
Support the Union Aid Abroad APHEDA raffle tickets available online or at Unions NSW reception.  Raffle will be drawn Thursday 16 June.

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:15 PM

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