UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MINUTES MEETING HELD THURSDAY, 23 JUNE 2016
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM.

The Acting President, Com. G. Derrick occupied the Chair.

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

OPENING OF THE MEETING:  The Acting President, Com. G. Derrick 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 16 June 2016 as circulated be received”.

Com. G. Hayes, (HSU) seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-                  

That the minutes of the meeting of 16 June 2016 be adopted”.

Com. T. Patton, (ASU) seconded.

CARRIED

CREDENTIALS:

From: The Textile, Clothing & Footwear Union appointing S. Davies in place of J. Owen for tonight’s meeting.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved: - 

That the credential be received and the delegates welcomed.”

Com. N. Jones, (FSU) seconded

CARRIED

APOLOGIES:  Apologies were received and accepted for: J. Kiejda [President[, A. Gardiner (PSA), D. McKinley (ETU), C. Boyle (SDA), A. Holland (ASMOF).

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-      

“That the apologies be received and accepted”.

Com. P. Noack, (AWU) seconded.

CARRIED

QUESTION WITHOUT NOTICE:  

Com. G. Derrick asked the Secretary if he was aware of the release of the FSU Audit Report “Pay at CBA”.  The audit exposed serious health and safety risks to employees from a culture that includes bullying and high stress levels, with the impact of targets, workloads, staffing and pay conditions of employees.

The Audit Report exposed the experiences of CBA Group employees in each of the critical areas listed in the Charter for a Better Way in CBA.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey said he was aware of the Report.  That the big four banks have systemic legalised corruption systems in place that force people to break the law with bullying and harassment to comply.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey commended the FSU on the report and the ongoing campaign to reveal practices of the bank to generate profits for the few.  The only solution is a Royal Commission into banks.  It is not only the employees being exploited it is customers too.

EXECUTIVE BUSINESS CORRESPONDENCE:

1.  From the Construction Forestry, Mining & Energy Union (CFMEU) regarding

The Liberal Party’s latest election TV advertisement featuring a fake ‘tradie’ lamenting the loss of negative gearing and claiming a Labor victory will see him lose his job, is an insult to all hard working construction workers that this Government has unrelentingly attacked for having a strong union and collectively winning good wage and conditions in an industry that still sees hundreds of workers lose their life to workplace hazards.

The CFMEU had put together a video showing real construction workers at their workplaces saying what they really think. We ask that all affiliates distribute the video far and wide. 

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

“That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW congratulates the CFMEU on their production of this video.

Further, Unions NSW encourages all affiliates to post and share the video on their social media channels.”

 

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

 

The video was shown to delegates.

CARRIED

2.  From the Australian Services Union (ASU): giving a heartfelt thanks for the support and solidarity shown by Unions NSW and affiliated unions in relation to the ASU’s Save our Local Community Services Campaign week of action and in particular the rally outside Malcolm Turnbull’s Office on 10 June.

ASU members have campaigned for many months now for sustainable five year funding terms, an end to competitive tendering, a ban on companies profiting from providing services to the most vulnerable people and an end to gag clauses in funding contracts.

In a major win for our members, the ALP announced a policy during our week of action which meets all of these objectives and acknowledges the importance of diversity amongst small and large not-for-profit organisations, to ensure a vibrant sector which includes local community organisations capable of marshalling the resources of local communities.

ASU members will continue to demand that the Federal Government restore the one billion dollars of funding which has been ripped out of social and community services over the last three years.

During the week of action ASU collected hundreds of signatures around Australia which pledged support to local community services. At the rally on 10 June, ASU delivered the pledges to Malcolm Turnbull’s Office while members, delegates, supporters and union officials danced to Aretha Franklin’s “Think” under the guidance of characters from the Wizard of Oz.

The Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Lion urged the Prime Minister to find his heart, intelligence and courage to restore community services funding but to no avail.

ASU therefore urge affiliates to make their members aware of this Government’s cruel stance in relation to much needed support of the most vulnerable people in our communities – yet another reason to put the Liberals last on 2 July. 

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

“That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW congratulates the ASU for their Save our Local Community Services campaign week of action, particularly the creatively themed rally outside Malcom Turnbull’s office.

Unions NSW urge all affiliates to discuss the issues with their members in the lead up to the Federal Election.  Long term proper funding for community services and an end to competitive tendering, gag clauses and profit-run services are important goals to ensure we have the best services for our community.”

Com. J Wright (ASU) seconded the resolution.

CARRIED

3.  From the Transport Workers Union (TWU):- writing on behalf of TWU members and their families thanking Unions NSW and affiliates, particularly yourself and the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association for their support for our recent Harbour Bridge Convoy.

Transport Workers are 12 times more likely than any other Australian worker to die at work. Yet instead of standing with transport workers and the community, Malcolm Turnbull and his government abolished minimum rates of pay and declared nonsensically that pay has nothing to do with safety in transport.

The convoy was a loud and direct way for transport workers to show that support for the Safe Rates fight is growing. Over 140 trucks participated and it was one of 6 actions around the country.  As TWU member Ray Childs told the crowd “Safe Rates doesn’t belong to the politicians…. and it doesn’t belong to the union staff it belongs to me and these workers….and these kids who need to know they can use the roads safely:” Again thank you for your support.

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

“That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW congratulates the TWU for organising the Safe Rates Harbour Bridge convoy and thanks to the NSWNMA and other affiliates who participated.”

 

Com. A. Rudman (TWU) seconded the resolution.

CARRIED

4.  From the Public Services Association of NSW (PSA) regarding Government Sector Employment Amendment (Transfers to Non-Government Sector) Regulation 2016.  The PSA seeks an urgent meeting of all NSW Public Sector Unions and Unions NSW following the NSW Government’s decision to publish the above Regulation on Friday 17 June 2016.

The regulation, introduced without consultation or notice, extinguishes the long standing right of NSW public sector workers to be entitled to redundancy or severance payments where privatisations occur and so-called ‘comparable’ employment is available.

Under the regulation, comparable employment is assessed on an overall basis and is only in relation to the applicable industrial instruments.  The definition of industrial instruments does not include policies or practices.

The effect of this regulation is to deny NSW public sector workers the right to choose who they work for and to have a say in the workplace rights and conditions they work under.

NSW public sector workers are not the property of the NSW Government and the PSA will fight the implementation of this regulation.

PSA look forward to meeting with you and other public sector unions.

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

“That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW will convene a meeting of public sector unions to discuss this urgent matter.”

 

Com. S. Turner (PSA) seconded the resolution.

CARRIED

REPORTS:

 

10-Point Plan

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey reported on the 10 Point Plan to Boost jobs in Western Sydney.  The Secretary referred to each element of the 10 Point plant.

1.  Mandatory ration of apprentices

2.  Targeted jobs for WSU graduates

3.  10% loading for local business

4.  20% proportion of no-fee preschools

5.  Free wifi hotspots in town centres

6.  More office share hubs

7.  Industry and innovation hubs

8.  Discount on car rego for train  users

9.  Flat rate for public transport for travel within Western Sydney

10. Appoint a Jobs Commissioner

The Secretary said the Plan is to counter the two tier economy in NSW where money is concentrated in the owners of business and the government sees public service workers as tradable commodities.  The Treasurer likes talking innovation but is very short on detail.

A video grab from the Channel 9 news was shown to council covering the 10 Point Plan.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

“That the report be received and adopted.”

Com. A. Claassens, (RTBU) seconded the resolution.

CARRIED

2. Campaign Report

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey reported on the distribution at major city and suburban railway stations next Thursday and Friday prior to the Federal Election on Saturday.  The handouts will be mini Medicare cards stating:  Save bulk billing, Stop Medicare privatisation, keep tests and medicines affordable and Vote to save Medicare put the Liberals last.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey thanked the union activists from NSW Nurses, CFMEU, HSU, FSU, ASU, AMWU, CPSU, PSA and Retired Unionists for blitzing the stations next week.

Unions NSW Trades Hall Phone Banks

Unions NSW Trades Hall phone banks will continue in the lead up to the federal election and will be on the following dates:-  Monday 27 June to Thursday 30 June.  Other days and times are possible. Please contact Assistant Secretary, Emma Maiden at Unions NSW for further information.

Every conversation with undecided union members before 2 July will decide what kind of Australia we will have for the next three years.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

“That the report be received and noted”.

Com. A. Claassens, (RTBU) seconded the resolution.

 

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1.  Vinnie’s CEO Sleepout 2016
The Secretary, Com. M. Morey will participate in the CEO Sleepout tonight at Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh.  Union Secretaries from the RTBU Alex Claassens, SDA Bernie Smith, HSU Gerard Hayes are also participating. Barbara Nebart and David Bliss SDA Northern Branch will be attending the Newcastle Sleepout. To donate go to www.ceosleepout.org.au Click on CEO’s then browse the list for Sydney to find Mark.

2.  Launch of Action for Public Housing
Building a network to fight for our homes, communities and small businesses
Friday 24 June 2016 commencing 6pm -8 pm Redfern Community Centre,   29-53 Hugo Street, Redfern.
Guests and speakers: Jack and Judy Mundey,  Indigenous Elder Jenny Munro, Associate Professor Michael Darcy

Unions NSW Meetings Next Week

Unions NSW Council Meetings will NOT be held next week Thursday 30 June.

Council Meetings will resume Thursday 7 July after the Federal Election.

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:08 PM

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