UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - MEETING HELD THRUSDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2017
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM

The Acting President, Com. P. Noack occupied the Chair.

PRESENT:  M. Morey (Secretary), T. Costa , E. Maiden (Assistant Secretaries).

OPENING OF THE MEETING:  The Acting President, Com. P. Noack 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 14 September 2017 as circulated be received."

Com. B. Smith (SDA) seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the minutes of the meeting of 14 September 2017 as circulated be adopted."

Com. B. Smith (SDA) seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES:  Apologies were received and accepted for: J. Kiejda (President), A. Holland 9ASMOF), R. Mallia, Brian Parker (CFMEU), M. Thomson (NTEU).

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the apologies be received and accepted."

Com. A. Claassens seconded.

CARRIED

EXECUTIVE CORRESPONDENCE:

1. From The Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA); - 
condemning the NSW Government for passing legislation that will rob retail workers of the opportunity to spend Boxing Day with their family and friends.

The Berejiklian Liberal Government, with the help of the Rev. Fred Nile, passed legislation last night permitting Boxing Day trading.  This is despite the thousands and thousands of signed letters from retail workers; the fact that 1 in 5 retail workers were coerced into working on Boxing Day last year against their will; and the fact that it generates no extra sales!

We strongly condemn Treasurer Perrottet for betraying NSW retail workers with this legislation.  It ruins Christmas for workers and their families forcing thousands to work when they should be enjoying time with family and friends.  Mums and Dads who should be with their kids will be pressured back to work on Boxing Day.

It is even more disgraceful that the Rev. Fred Nile supported this legislation with his disregard both for the concerns of workers in NSW, but also all of the opposition and concern voiced by religious leaders in NSW.

This is a bad anti-family law.  It will see workers coerced to work on Boxing Day and miss out on time with family.

We thank Unions NSW and all affiliates for their assistance.  We thank those who voted against these anti-family laws.  We thank Luke Foley, Leader of the Opposition for his commitment to repeal this law after the next election in 2019.

We also thank Matthew Mason-Cox for his decency in crossing the floor to attempt to vote to make this another two year trial of Boxing Day trading.  However, the Government dishonoured a voting pair arrangement when they realised even with Rev. Fred Nile they would not get their way.

Last night's legislation is a setback but it is not the end of our campaign.  First, there is much work to be done to protect our members right to have Boxing Day off in the next few weeks in the lead up to Christmas.  Second, we will begin afresh a two-year campaign to win Boxing Day back for families in 2019.

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

"That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW condemns the NSW Government for passing legislation that will rob retail workers of the opportunity to spend Boxing Day with their family and friends.

Unions NSW will continue to fight and campaign alongside the SDA against this bad anti-family law."

Com. B. Smith (SDA) seconded

CARRIED

REPORTS:

1.  We Won't Wait National Campaign Forum
Com. K. Minter reported that Unions NSW is hosting a National Conference to discuss the Working Women Campaign Agenda and the NSW led campaign "We Won't Wait".   The Forum is being held on Friday 20 October 2017, 10:00am - 4:00pm in Trades Hall Auditorium.

Com. Minter said this will be a great opportunity to bring our movement together including workplace leaders to discuss this important issue.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the report be received and noted."

Com. A. Rudman(RTBU) seconded. 

CARRIED

2.  Penrith Valley Community Unions Rall - M4 TollsCom. M. Yaager reported on the Penrith Valley Community Unions (PVCC) rally with almost 100 people in attendance.  This is an incredible turnout for this time (mid-week) and for this area.

It is an important campaign. The tolls on motorways are becoming a cost of living issue for people in the Penrith Valley community.  Please support our campaign.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the report be received and noted."

Com. B. Holmes seconded.

CARRIED

3.  Goulburn District Unions Annual General Meeting
The Secretary, Com. M. Morey spoke and said that he was proud to attend the Goulburn District Unions Annual General Meeting.  It was great to see such a motivated and committed group of volunteers continuing to campaign successfully.  I want to especially thank them for their efforts in the anti-privatisation of hospitals campaign.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the report be received and noted."

Com. D. McKinley seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1.  Ryde Macquarie Teachers' Association Annual Dinner
     Friday, 27 October 2017, 6:00pm for 6:30pm
     Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club, 117 Ryedale Road, West Ryde
     Guest Speaker: Unions NSW Secretary, Mark Morey
     RSVP by Friday 20 October
     
Bookings:  Janine Kitson:  Janine_kitson@tpg.com.au
     Telephone: (02) 9498 2402 or (02) 9498 7608 or o428 869 623

2.  Labour Day Mass
     5:30pm - Wednesday 4 October
     
St Patrick's Church Hill, 20 Grosvenor Street, Sydney
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     Labour Day Dinner
     6:30pm for 7pm - Wednesday 4 October
    
NSW Parliament House
     Guest Speaker:  ACTU Secretary, Sally McManus
     
Tickets:  $130 per person - go to Eventbrite website; Labour Day 2017

3.  Anti-Poverty Week
     Focus on Poverty
     
Thursday 19 October 2017
     5:30 - 6:30pm in the Trades Hall Auditorium
     Special Guests:
     
Narelle Clay: Southern Youth and Family Services
     Lisa Smajlov: Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre
     Adam Farrar:  Principal Policy Officer, Shelter NSW

4.  Executive & Council Meetings
     
PLEASE NOTE
     There will be NO meetings during the NSW School Holidays on either Thursday 28 September or Thursday 5 October.

     Meetings will resume on Thursday 12 October 2017.

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:08PM.

 

     

     

 

 

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