UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES MEETING HELD THURSDAY, 25TH FEBRUARY 2016
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30 PM.

The Acting President, Com. R. Mallia occupied the Chair.

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

OPENING OF THE MEETING:
The Acting President, Com. R. Mallia 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 meetings of 11th February and 18th February 2016 Annual General Meeting minutes as circulated be received”.

Com. P. Reid seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-                              

That the minutes of the meetings of 11th February and 18th February 2016 Annual General Meeting minutes be received and adopted”.

Com. A. Claassens seconded.

CARRIED

CREDENTIALS:

From:  Textile Clothing & Footwear Union of Australia (TCFUA): appointing: Tracy LeFevre in place of John Owen for tonight’s meeting.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey  moved:-

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

 Com. M. Gatfield seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES: Apologies were received and accepted for: J. Kiejda, R. Collison, T. Costa, Patricia Reid, T. Ayres, Graeme Kelly,  J. Dixon, B. Smith C. Boyle.

The Secretary, Com. M Morey moved:-

“That the apologies be received and accepted”.

Com. V. Falconer seconded.

CARRIED

EXECUTIVE BUSINESS CORRESPONDENCE:

1.  From CFMEU: - This week the Magistrates Court dismissed charges of intimidation against CFMEU organiser Michael Greenfield. The case was bought by the Fair Work Building Commission who accused Michael of intimidating a female inspector. Knowing these allegations to be totally untrue we defended our organiser and are obviously pleased with the result and that Michael has been vindicated.

This is the fourth case against CFMEU officials now that the courts have either thrown out or which have been withdrawn involving the FWBC. It highlights the complete waste of taxpayer’s money being used by the FWBC and the Federal Government to wage its ideological war against the CFMEU and the union movement.

We need to continue to more effectively communicate and educate union members across all industries and the community generally of these disturbing developments, especially in the lead up to a Federal election. These legal attacks are intended to strike at the very heart of the capacity of militant unions to win gains for our members into the future and strikes at the heart of the very existence of a strong union movement. An attack that I know we can resist. But we should not shy away from defending all unions as essential to the maintenance of a fairer more prosperous society.

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

“The correspondence be received and Unions NSW congratulates the CFMEU for the dismissal of charges against Michael Greenfield.  We condemn the FWBC and the Federal Government for its philosophical and political attacks on the CFMEU and the union movement.  Further, we condemn the attempts to criminalise regular union work. 

Unions NSW encourages all affiliates to educate their members about these issues and commits to defending unions against these attacks.”

Com. A. Claassens seconded the resolution.

CARRIED

REPORTS:

1.  Campaign Update

The Secretary Com. M. Morey reported on last Saturday’s Medicare Rally at Sydney Town Hall.  The Medicare rally was organised by three young women who were so outraged about the recent cuts to Medicare.  It was a good turnout with a lot of people and affiliates attending.  It is important we support these organic initiatives.

A debrief will be held soon to establish some guidelines for future events.

Com. Salim Barbar reported on last Sunday’s Union Fair Day held at Victoria Park, Camperdown.  The day was great success with staff in attendance between 8am and 7pm. There was great support with over 15 volunteers asking everyone to sign the petition regarding penalty rates.  Over 700 signatures were received and people were very enthusiastic about getting involved and having trade unions at Fair Day. Thank you to the volunteers who came on the day and made it the success it was. The Mardi Gras Parade – Workers Out Float:  will also be held next Saturday 5th March.

Com. E. Maiden reported on the National doorknock that will be held this Saturday targeting six areas.  All officials and members are encouraged to get involved. This is a great opportunity to build skills and engage with the campaign.

NATIONAL DOOR KNOCKING SCHEDULE

Seat

Times

Venue

Contact Person

Banks

10am – 1pm

Riverwood Community Centre  151 Belmore Rd, Riverwood

Maryanne Stuart   

0406 460 683

Central Coast

10am – 2pm

Tuggerah Community Hall  Anzac Rd, Tuggerah

Salim Barbar 0417 286 482

Aarin Moon 0411 215 430

Gilmore

11am – 2pm

North Nowra Community Centre  7 Hood Cl, Nowra

Lisa Kremmer

0455 557 112

Lindsay  and Macquarie

1:15pm – 4:15pm

Glenbrook Panthers,
Hare St, Glenbrook

Mary Yaager   0408 931 899

Aaron Reynolds  0418 661 706

Page

1pm -  4pm

Great North Hotel (Beer Garden) 76 Spring St, Grafton

Sharyn Usher

0478 959 687

Reid

1pm - 4pm

Concord RSL Club,
Nirranda St, Concord

Alison Rahill
0414 316 839

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

 “That the report be received”.

 Com. A. Rudman seconded.

 

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

 “That the report be adopted”.

 Com. R. Fortescue seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1.  Guest Speaker – Tomorrow Friday at 10am

Come and hear from Steve Turner, Assistant General Secretary from Unite the Union.   Unite is Britain and Ireland’s Biggest Trade Union. Unite have a community membership model. Current campaigns include housing affordability, saving the NHS, decent work, a financial transactions tax and to opposing the Trade Union Bill currently before Parliament.

10am, Friday 27 February, Executive Boardroom, Trades Hall

2.  Central Coast Local Network Special Meeting

Mon 29th February at 11am  Coast Shelter 346, Mann St, North Gosford
Speaker:  Clayton Barr, Shadow Minister for Workers Compensation

3.  Newcastle Workers Compensation Forum

Information night for Injured Workers and their Families - Wednesday 2nd March 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Newcastle Trades Hall,  408 King St, Newcastle West


4.  Online Course on  Workers’ Rights in a  Global Economy

Course commences 3 March 2016 and runs over 8 weeks. Course is free with full access to all online material.
Please collect information leaflet from the sign on tables.

5.  Greater Macarthur Community Unions – 1st meeting for  2016

Monday 7 March, 7:00pm - Campbelltown RSL Club, 1 Carberry Lane, Campbelltown

Please come to our first meeting of the year to hear and get an update, gather ideas and information on local issues to begin to plan activities for the year.

6.  International Women’s Day  Solidarity Lunch

Hosted by Unions NSW and APHEDA - Tuesday 8th March, 12.30pm,  TWU, 31 Cowper Street, Parramatta 

 

7.  The International Women's Day March 2016

Sat 12th March 11:30 am   ‘Stop violence against Women'   Assemble 11:30am at Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park North


8. Health and Safety Training 2016

Health and Safety Representatives have the capacity to choose their own training provider for health and safety training under the WHS Act.

TWU, Hosta (AMWU), FSU, USU, IEU, CPSU and Unions NSW all undertake training of workers in accredited health and safety representative and Entry Permit Holder courses under the health and safety laws. Health & Safety Training Course dates are listed below:

HEALTH AND SAFETY TRAINING COURSES 2016

Dates

Location

 

HSR        3/4/5 Feb 25/26 Feb

HSR        2,3,4 March 16/17 March

HSR        6/7/8 April  28/29 April

HSR        4/5/6 May 26/27 May

HSR        8/9/10 June and 29/30 June

HSR        4-8 July and 18-22July ++ (Evenings)

HSR        3/4/5 Aug and 25/26 Aug

HSR        7/8/9 Sep and 39/30 Sep

HSR        5/6/7 Oct and 20/21 Oct

HSR        2/3/4 Nov and 24/25 Nov

HSR        12-16 December

Sydney CBD                     

Parramatta

Sydney CBD

Sydney CBD

Parramatta

Sydney CBD   

Parramatta

Newcastle

Sydney CBD

Wollongong

Sydney CBD

 

Refresher HSR      18 March

Refresher HSR      26 October

Sydney CBD

Sydney CBD

 

EPH        20 May

EPH        12 Aug

WPH      2 December

Parramatta

Sydney CBD

Sydney CBD

 

Safety and Injured Workers Conference 

27-28 October

Sydney CBD

 

8.  Stop forced Council Amalgamations
Local Democracy Not Dictatorship Rally -  Sunday 13 March @ 12noon  Hyde Park


MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:05 PM

 

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