UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - MEETING HELD THURSDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2016
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM.

The Acting President, Com. M. Gatfield occupied the Chair.

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

OPENING OF THE MEETING:  The Acting President, Com. M. Gatfield 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 Eroa Nation.

MINUTES:

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved: 

“That the minutes from the meeting of 25 August 2016 as circulated be received”.

 Com. A. Claassens (RTBU) seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:              

That the minutes of the meeting of 25 August 2016 be adopted”.

 Com. P. Noack (AWU) seconded.

CARRIED

CREDENTIALS:

From:  The Textile, Clothing & Footwear Union advising Tracy LeFevre would be replacing Hung Nguyen, who is no longer an                         employee, as a delegate for the rest of the year.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the credential be received and the delegate welcomed".

Com. R. Martin (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES:  Apologies were received and accepted for J. Kiejda (President), E. Maiden (UNSW), R. Collison (AWU), R. Tonkli (SDA), G. Kelly (NTEU), R. Mallia (CFMEU).

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the apologies be received and accepted".

Com. B. Smith (SDA) seconded.

CARRIED

EXECUTIVE CORRESPONDENCE:

1.  From United Services Union regarding Bundeena RSL Memorial Club and reads: "I refer to our discussions this past week regarding Bundeena RSL Memorial Club.

As you are aware the Club was destroyed by fire in approximately February 2015 resulting in approximately 30 local jobs being lost. I wrote to then Secretary Mark Lennon seeking some assistance for the Club, UNSW generously donated the Club a sum of $5000.00 which is yet to be received.

The Club remains a shell of its past and there is great news on the horizon for its restoration and this is why I write to you.

Firstly, as discussed, it would seem appropriate that UNSW invite the President Lyn Wooten and CEO Sara Watkins to our meeting this Thursday 1st September to present the cheque for the sum of $5000.00 which will kick start their fundraising venture to restore the Club and gainfully employ those 30 jobs that the township of Bundeena so desperately needs. The Club is, when operating the social hub of our community, the largest employer, major sponsor of sports and host of the day care club for the elderly in town. It is the evacuation centre for the Royal National Park which sees over 1,000,000 visitors per annum.

I respectfully ask that you place this matter on the agenda for Thursday night 1st September and invite both the President and CEO to address the meeting and receive their donation.”

Com. G. Kelly spoke to the resolution and said:

Sixteen months ago Bundeena club burnt down after a fire that stated in the photocopy room; the club is totally destroyed and a shell of itself and the insurance money was not received by the club. This is the reason why the club needs donations from supporters. With this support we will make sure to re-build this place.”

Bundeena RSL Memorial Club CEO, Sara Watkins also spoke and said:

“That the day the RSL club burnt down was the worst day of my life. The club was the centre of the community and its social life. The club was also the largest employer in Bundeena and the 30 employees have been without work since the club burnt down.

I want to also thank Unions NSW for its donation to re-build our club. I would also like to thank Graeme Kelly, a life member for his support.”

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

“That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW acknowledges the important role the Bundeena RSL Memorial Club plays in their community and we welcome President Lyn Wooten and CEO Sara Watkins to the meeting.”

Com. G. Kelly (USU) seconded the resolution.                   

CARRIED

2.  From the Shop, Distributive & Allied Employees Association (SDA) regarding Public Holidays Win for Queenslanders and reads:

Several years ago the SDA nationally committed to improving the Public Holiday outcomes for retail workers and others who were employed in 7 day a week industries. The various State & Territory Public Holidays Acts were understandably developed for a Monday – Friday working week, however, with the erosion of weekends in the services sectors, workers were increasingly short changed in the number of public holidays they received each year.

SDA Branches and their members have worked tirelessly within the industrial and political frameworks of their States/Territories to bring about greater public holiday equity.

Whilst this is still very much a work in progress, I am pleased to advise that Queensland will now join the list of States to have Easter Sunday declared a Public Holiday (see attached media release). Jurisdictions that have now legislated Easter Sunday as a Public Holiday are as follows: -

NSW 2011 (1st Easter Sunday Public Holiday)
VIC 2015 (1st Easter Sunday Public Holiday)
ACT 2016 (1st Easter Sunday Public Holiday)
QLD 2017 (1st Easter Sunday Public Holiday)

These have been great steps forward and demonstrate how unions and ALP Governments can work together to deliver better outcomes for working people.

However, in NSW these improvements are under attack. The Baird Government is reviewing public holidays. Employer groups like AIG are calling for the abolition of all weekend public holidays, which would include Christmas Day this year and Easter Sunday.

I thank Unions NSW for their submission to the public holidays review and we will continue to campaign for weekend workers’ rights to public holidays.

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

That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW congratulates the SDA and Queensland retail workers on winning an additional public holiday on Easter Sunday and acknowledges the sacrifices many service sector workers make when they work weekends and public holidays”.

“Unions NSW notes the Baird Governments current attacks on public holidays and will continue to campaign with the SDA and other service sector unions to ensure all workers are able to celebrate public holidays especially when they fall on a weekend.”

Com. B. Smith (SDA) seconded.

CARRIED

REPORTS:

 

1.   Save Sydney College of the Arts

Com. Dell Walker who is a post-graduate student at the Sydney College of Arts and University of Sydney spoke to Council. She said:

We are still occupying the premises of the Sydney College of the Arts and we have a series of rallies in an attempt to save the faculty and the jobs of our teachers and the bachelor of visual and program for future and current studies. I invite unions to attend our rally next Wednesday.

I would also like to thank Unions NSW for helping with our rally last Sunday and for holding the donation BBQ and for providing us with food and supplies last Tuesday.

Com. Dylan Griffiths, Student Leader, University of Sydney spoke to the council.

Com. D. Griffiths said:

“I want to thank Unions NSW and other unions that have been supporting our occupation. I would like unions to join our phone tree and attend our rally on Wednesday with union flags.”

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

“That the report be received and noted”.

Com. B. Smith (SDA) seconded.

CARRIED

2.    Let’s have a CUB Free Grand Final Day BBQ

Over the AFL and NRL Grand Final weekend (1st and 2nd October) affiliates are asked to have a CUB –Free BBQ and ensure their esky has no CUB products in it.

Affiliates are asked to take a photo of their CUB free esky and upload on social media with the #boycottcub. Also they can register their CUB free BBQ online - http://www.australianunions.org.au/cubfreebbq

Com. D. McKinely (ETU) said the CUB55 boycott has been ongoing for 13 weeks and still these workers have not gone back to work. These workers have been offered jobs at 65% less than they were paid originally. As of this week the scab contractor has pulled out. This is an important dispute for all unions nation- wide because of employer-wide attacks on skills and conditions. We would like affiliate support to support our Boycott CUB BBQ On Grand Final Day and also to start a petition at your worksites and attack CUB on social media. The campaign is working, production is down from 1.4M barrels to 400K barrels.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved: -

“That the report be adopted and noted”.

Com. J. Sinclair (NTEU) seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1.  Save the Date - Jeff Shaw Memorial Lecture 13 October 2016  Dinner

      Sharon Burrows, General Secretary of the ITUC, to speak at the dinner

      Dinner to be held at the Athenian Restaurant, Barrack St, Sydney


2.   Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA Fundraising Dinner - 
Thursday 8 September 6:30pm – 10:30pm

      At Aerial UTS Function Centre, Building 10, Level 7, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo

      Guest Speaker: Dr. John Falzon, Advocate for Social Justice

      Table bookings can be made via the APHEDA website link.

      Individual tickets $90.00 per person or table of 10 for $900.00.

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6.15PM

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