UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
MEETING HELD THURSDAY 20 OCTOBER 2016
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM

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

PRESENT:  M. Morey [Secretary], K. Minter [Research Officer].

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 6 October 2016 as circulated be received”.

 Com. R. Mallia (CFMEU) seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:                         

 “That the minutes of the meeting of 6 October 2016 be   adopted”.

 Com. T. Hoffman (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES: Apologies were received and accepted for: T. Costa (UNSW), E. Maiden (UNSW), P. Noack (AWU), D. McKinley (ETU), B. Smith (SDA), R. Tonkli (SDA), B. Holmes (NSWNMA), R. Collison (AWU).

The Secretary, Com. M Morey moved:   

“That the apologies be received and accepted”.

Com. M. Thomson (NTEU) seconded.

CARRIED

EXECUTIVE CORRESPONDENCE:

1.From NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA): acknowledging the Keep our Hospital Public rally at Wyong on Sunday the 16 October 2016.  A historic turnout of 2000 locals at Morrie Breen Oval was a fantastic way to kick off the joint unions anti-privatisation campaign.  We’ve certainly put this issue on the radar of the Central Coast and Parliament.

Affected hospital workers including nurses, doctors and medical records staff all spoke passionately about the need to keep our public hospitals public.  The energy and enthusiasm of the crowd left no doubt in anyone’s mind that this is an issue that will resonate with local communities.

There were also great speeches by local state MPs David Harris, David Meehan and Yasmin Catley, all throwing their support behind the campaign.

Local media coverage was fantastic as well on local radio, television and print as well as social media which has really inspired and energised delegates and activists.

Thank you to all the organisers from the affiliated health unions and Unions NSW for their effort, a special thanks to our fiery MC, Unions NSW Secretary,Mark Morey.

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

“That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW congratulates the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association, The HSU and ASMOF and the local State MPs for a successful rally on the Central Coast last Sunday.

Unions NSW acknowledges the work of Salim Barbar and the Central Coast Community Union Alliance for their work in assisting to organise the rally.”

Com. M, Keiran (NSWNMA) seconded the resolution.                    

CARRIED

2. From Financial Services Union (FSU): On 29 November FSU and Westpac will once again co-host the Annual White Ribbon Breakfast.

The union movement has made great strides in this area, with unions continuing to negotiate DV leave clauses into enterprise agreements and the continued campaigning of the inclusion of DV leave in the NES.

This event is aimed at acknowledging our progress and ensuring that the issue continues to stay on the agenda for 2016 and beyond.

FSU will be sending out invites shortly and asks Unions NSW to encourage affiliates to attend.

Com. Geoff Derrick spoke to the correspondence of the need for workers who experience domestic violence to maintain financial independence, and have his support to the campaign for paid DV leave in the NES. The breakfast is an opportunity for the ‘top end of town’ to understand the importance of this issue. 

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

“That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW encourages affiliates to attend the FSU/Westpac White Ribbon Breakfast on Tuesday 29 November.  Unions NSW will circulate the invitation via email.”

Com. R. Mallia (CFMEU) seconded the resolution.

CARRIED

REPORTS:

1. Keep our Hospitals Public Campaign

Com. S. Barbar reported on the Keep Our Hospitals Public campaign and thanked the NSWNMA, HSU and ASMOF for the successful rally held at Wyong last Sunday 16 October.

It was a great turn out with over 2000 people attending.  The rallies are about securing local support for the hospitals to stay public and we need to get this message across to the communities.  Further rallies will be held at Maitland, Goulburn, Bowral and Shellharbour and we ask affiliates and delegates to come along and support the rallies.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey thanked Salim Barbar and all the unions, affiliates and organisers who worked so hard in achieving the successful outcome.

Video was shown to delegates of the Wyong Rally “Keep our Hospital Public”.

Area

When & Time

Where

Organiser

Maitland

Sunday 23 October

   12noon -2pm

Maitland Park. Meet at the main entrance off Walker Street

Mary Yaager

0408 931 899

Goulburn

Sunday 30 October

  11am – 12:30pm

Assemble Belmore Park, Goulburn march to Goulburn Base Hosp.

Mary Yaager

0408 931 899

Bowral

Sunday 30 October

  2:45pm -4:45pm

Assemble Bowral Hospital.  Rally at 3pm Glebe Park, Bowral.

Mary Yaager

0408 931 899

Shellharbour

Sunday 6 November

  12noon

Benson Basin

Cnr Wattle & Lake Entrance Rd, Shellharbour

Mary Yaager

0408 931 899

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

 “That the report be received and noted”.

  Com. M. Keirin (NSWNMA) seconded.

 CARRIED

2. We Won’t Wait for Paid Domestic Violence Leave Vigil

On Thursday, 13 October a vigil was held at the Domain behind Parliament House to acknowledge the 60 women who have been killed by violence so far this year and to ask our Premier to stand up an support the inclusion of 10 days paid domestic violence leave in the National Employment standards.  There were 300 people at the rally.

Natalie Lang, Secretary ASU and Mark Morey met this week with Pru Goward, Minster for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault to explain the importance of supporting the inclusion of Domestic Violence Leave in the National Employment Standards and asked Mike Baird to take this position to the upcoming COAG meeting in November.  Minister Goward will be taking information back to Mike Baird, who will inform Unions NSW of his position next Thursday. 

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

That the report be received and noted”.

Com. J. Owens (TCFUA) seconded.

CARRIED


3. Airtasker

Com. K. Minter reported that the union movement has claimed an initial victory in the fight against the gig-economy, having forced Airtasker’s hand to improve the minimum recommended rates of pay on the website. Airtasker has increased all their recommended hourly rates to ensure they comply with the National Minimum wage.

Last month Unions NSW released the report Busting the Airtasker Myth which explored the exploitation of workers on the Airtasker platform, focusing on issues of underpayment, safety and the misuse of the independent contractor category. The report raised issues regarding the responsibilities of gig-economy companies to comply with basic workplace standards.

Following the release of the report, Airtasker swiftly updated all rates of pay on their website. In August 2016, Airtasker was suggesting administrative workers and cleaners be paid as little as $14.45 an hour. Rates of pay on the website have since been increased by up to 45%. Airtasker users are asked to advertise work at $25 an hour, taking into account the 15% fee Airtasker charges workers, this amounts to $21.25 an hour paid to workers.

Unions NSW will continue to pursue Airtasker and other gig-economy companies to defend decent standards of work. Unions will be placing pressure on these employers to provide superannuation payments, workers injury insurance and casual loadings.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

 “That the report be received and noted”.

 

 Com. R. Mallia (CFMEU) seconded.

CARRIED

4.  Jeff Shaw Memorial Dinner

Com. S. Barbar spoke on the Jeff Shaw Memorial Dinner held last Thursday 13 October.  This year the Memorial Dinner was held at the Athenian Restaurant, Sydney.  The event was a great success with guest speakers Sharron Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, and surprise guest speaker Geoffrey Robertson.  The dinner was attended by over 220 guests reflecting on the contribution and legacy that Jeff Shaw left behind. The launch of the Jeff Shaw Memorial Scholarship was also announced on the night to support two students in their pursuit of further studies. 

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey thanked Salim for his dedication and hard work in making the evening such a success.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

That the report be received and noted”.

 Com. M. Northam (IEU) seconded. 

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

1.  Invitation – Workers Health Centre – 40th Anniversary Dinner

      6:30pm Thursday 10 November 2016  Marigold Restaurant, 388 George St, Sydney

      Guest Speaker:  John Robertson MP

      $120 per head / $1000 table of ten

      All funds raised will go directly to the Injured Workers Support Network.

      Contact Florence at Workers Health 9749 7666

 

 

2.  Unions NSW Equal Pay Dinner

Thursday 17 November at 6:30pm for 7pm

Guest Speaker:   Ms Van Badham, columnist, novelist & union activist

The Athenian Restaurant, 11 Barrack St, Sydney

$67 per person

https://2016equalpaydinner.eventbrite.com.au

 

 

3.  Workers Comp Inquiry Protest

Wednesday 2 November  11:30am -  Orange, venue tbc

Friday    4 November – NSW Parliament

Protests will be announced in Newcastle & Wollongong

 

 

4.  The NTEU LectureReviving Civic Culture:  The Role of Universities “

 Professor Dennis Altman

 Professional Fellow in Human Security at La Trobe University

 Thursday 1 December 2016 at 5:30pm

 Guthrie Theatre, Peter Johnson Building, UTS, Level 3, Building 6, 702 Harris St Ultimo.  Please contact NTEU  to RSVP

 

 

 

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:05PM

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