The President, Com. M. Issanchon occupied the Chair.

PRESENT:    M. Lennon [Secretary], E. Maiden [Assistant Secretary]. 

The President, Com. M. Issanchon 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.



The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

“That the minutes from the meeting of 13th August 2015 as circulated be received”.

 Com. S. Bean seconded.


The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

 “That the minutes of the meeting of 13th August 2015 be adopted”.

 Com. M. Styli seconded.



From:   The Textile Clothing & Footwear Union of Australia (TCFUA) appointing Graydon Welsh in place of Mark Edwards for              tonight’s meeting.

From:   The Australian Salaried Medical Officers’ Federation NSW (ASMOF) appointing  Bob Morgan in place of Dennis                      Ravlich from this date.

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

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

Com B. Smith seconded.


APOLOGIES: Apologies were received and accepted for: M. Morey, B. Holmes, W. Baxter, P. Byrne, H. Rebeiro, L. Ridge, A. Whelan, R. Collison, R. Tonkli, J. Ross.

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

 “That the apologies be received and accepted”.

 Com G. Walsh seconded.



The Secretary, Co. M. Lennon said it was his sad duty to report on the recent passing of John Whelan, Former President, NSW Labor Council (1996-2000).

A funeral service for John was held on Friday, 21st August at St. Mary's Cathedral at 2:30pm.

Com. Lennon announced that the Motion of Condolence for John would be held at the Council meeting on 10th September, 2015.


1.  The National Tertiary Education Union: - regarding a community rally “Communities United” organised for Saturday 19th September 1.30 pm in support of diversity and against racism.

 The NTEU requested Unions NSW endorses this event and informs affiliates to encourage members to attend. 

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved the Executive Recommendation:-

“The correspondence be received and Unions NSW endorses the Communities United rally on Saturday 19th September and that the event be promoted to affiliates and on social media.”


Com. Genevieve Kelly seconded.




1.   Port Botany

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon thanked all the delegates who attended last week’s Council Meeting at Port Botany Hutchison’s Terminal.

Com. Lennon said it was a great event and it was fabulous to be there when the victory was announced in relation to the Federal Court injunction. It was disappointing however to find that even though the terminated workers were reinstated, they were still not being rostered. Negotiations are continuing and the Assembly is being maintained.

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

That the report be received”.

Com. J. Kiedja seconded.                      

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

That the report be adopted”.

Com. R. Martin seconded.


2.   Sporting Venues

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon reported on proposed government funding for new sporting facilities at Moore Park or Homebush. The Secretary said the union movement and the working people of Sydney should give priority in any funding decisions to Western Sydney.  He stated a 60,000 capacity stadium in Moore Park is illogical.  The government should build an 80,000 capacity stadium in Western Sydney.

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

 “That the report be received”.

  Com. J. Nero seconded.                                                    


  The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

  “That the report be adopted and Unions NSW write to the Premier saying the priority for the $1.6m upgrade of sporting facilities         should be Western Sydney, more specifically Homebush, Liverpool or Parramatta.”

 Com. P. Farrow seconded.


3.   TAFE

Com. K. Minter reported on the recent submission Unions NSW had made regarding vocational education. She noted that Unions NSW had sought stories from our database about the importance of TAFE and had received over 200. The submission had 3 main issues: fees are too high; courses are going missing; and apprentice rates of pay are too low. The submission also referred to: the increase in private providers having a huge negative impact on quality; research showing the huge profits being made by private providers; and 30,000 fewer students are enrolled in vocational education, mainly due to increased fees.

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

  “That the report be received and adopted”.

  Com. J. Wright seconded.


4.   Build a Better Future Campaign

Assistant Secretary, Com. E. Maiden reported on the progress of the Build a Better Future Campaign (BBF). Banks held their launch last Tuesday, with nearly 100 attendees. Campaigners are out several times each week at train stations, street stalls or fairs talking about the campaign and signing up volunteers. There will be a launch of ‘We are Union’ on 8 September 2015 in Newtown and a big doorknock on 12-13 September 2015. Unions are encouraged to get their officials and members along to these events. 

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon noted that Unions NSW had joined the ACTU application for Justice Heydon to recuse himself as the Commissioner for the Trade Union Royal Commission.

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

 “That the report be received”.

 Com. C. Boyle seconded.


 The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

  “That the report be adopted”.

  Com. J. Davidson seconded.



1.   Australia’s Biggest Door Knock

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13  September 2015 - 8 Locations around NSW

RSVP :  www.unionsnsw.org.au/volunteertobuildabetterfuture

2.   Say NO to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Fraud

We are winning this debate, and together we can stop the TPP. 

Bring signs and banners, bring friends 

Sunday 23rd August 12 Noon   Martin Place  (Corner Castlereagh st)

Guest Speaker:  Mark Lennon

3.   Inner West Unions invite you to a Campaign Briefing to Build a Better Future

Tuesday 25th August  @ 6pm-7:30pm  - Club Burwood RSL96 Shaftesbury Rd, Burwood

Finger food and drinks provided     RSVP:  Alison Rahill 0414 316 839

4.   We Are Union Launch:  Tuesday 8 September, 5:30 for 6pm
Come along to the launch of a new initiative bringing together progressives in Sydneys inner city who want to take action and make change for the better

Zanzibar, 323 King St Newtown, Level 1 – Webster’s Lounge.  To be launched by:   Ged Kearney, ACTU President

Guest speakers: Mark Lennon, Secretary, Unions NSW, Sally McManus, Vice President, ACTU.   Light finger food provided. 

5.   The APHEDA Annual Fundraising Dinner

Wed 9th September at 6pm AERIAL UTS Function Centre (UTS Building 10)

Level 7, 235 Jones St, Ultimo- Online bookings available soon

6.   Unions NSW - 2nd Equal Pay Dinner

      Wednesday 16 September 2015  -  The Athenian, 11 Barrack Street, Sydney

      $65pp, tables of ten available  -   RSVP to Rose Docwra via rdocwra@unionsnsw.org.au

7.   Retired Unionists – Call to Action

Retired Unionists  Call to Action  - Monday 21st September- 10am to 2pm - Trades Hall, Sydney

Lunch will be provided. For further information contact Alison Rahill 9881 5923

8.   Safety and Injured Workers Conference

Unions NSW will be holding its Annual Safety and Injured Workers Conference
Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd October 2015. 

Please register your attendance with Rose Docwra at rdocwra@unionsnsw.org.au      



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