UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - MEETING HELD THURSDAY, 26 OCTOBER 2017
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM

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

PRESENT:  E. Maiden [Acting Secretary], S. Barbar [Campaigns Officer].

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 Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:

"That the minutes from the meeting of 19 October 2017 as circulated be received."

Com. B. Holmes seconded.

CARRIED

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:

"That the minutes from the meeting of 19 October 2017 as circulated be adopted."

Com. A. Claassens seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES:    Apologies were received and accepted for: J. Kiejda (President), M. Morey (Secretary), T. Costa (Assistant Secretary), J. Dixon (NSWTF), D. McKinley (ETU), E. Baldwin, M. Whaites, A. Whelan and R. Martin (NSWNMA).

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:

"That the apologies be received and accepted."

Com. A. Claassens (RTBU) seconded.

CARRIED

GUEST SPEAKERS:

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden welcomed Jane Flemming to address council on the Live Life Get Active Program.  Jane is one of Australia's best-known sporting personalities.  She is an accomplished key note speaker, motivator, Master of Ceremonies, television and radio presenter, sports commentator and sponsorship and marketing expert and is a two-time Olympian in track and field competing at the 1986, 1991 and 1994 Commonwealth Games.  Jane still holds the record for the highest heptathlon score at the Commonwealth Games.  Jane retired from athletics in 1997 to concentrate on her media and commercial commitments.

Jane said she was grateful to Unions NSW for the opportunity to speak to delegates of the fantastic program available to everyone over 18 years of age.  Live Life Get Active is a private social initiative that looks to build a Fitter, Healthier and Happier Australia and we want people to have fun along the way - we provide FREE health, fitness and nutritional education both online and in the parks, suburbs and cities of Australia.  We do this with the help of Local Government and Corporate Australia.

Amanda King, CEO of Live Life Get Active addressed council and said she had an opportunity to put something back into society and raised funds to start a business to address the health and happiness of communities within Australia.  Amanda showed a PowerPoint presentation of the advantages of the program and how we should be all encouraged to live a better and healthier life.  Amanda said one third of gym users never use the gym and there are 1.8 million gym memberships.

Live Life Get Active has 35,000 members registered and free fitness classes are run Monday to Friday throughout Australia.  Our biggest success story is Blacktown with over 250 participants having lost thousands of kilos of weight.

The problem:  Sadly more than 14 million Australians are either overweight or obese and with this condition come many other related issues such as diabetes, heart disease, hip and knee problems, back pain and depression.  As a country too, we sit for just about all of our day, either at work or when we get home.  We work long hours and we travel long distances to get to and from work.  Relaxation is now in front of one of many different screens and unfortunately that is not good for us.  We need to be active and that is where we come in!

The Solution:  Live Life Get Active is all about getting people active in their local or working communities, providing them with a way of eating that is healthy and easy to adapt and very importantly an environment that is fun and motivating.

With the help facilitation and funding of local Government and Business we provide Free Activity Camps and Free Ta8ilored Nutritional Planning to those that want to make positive changes to their lives.

Free of Charge and for Everyone:  Providing our offering free of charge to all adult Australians is really important because we wanted to remove all the barriers to leading a fitter, healthier and happier life.  We have also designed our camps so they are relevant to everyone, no matter what their motivation or fitness level.  We promise we will get the most unlikely person moving, having fun and felling a whole lot better about their life.

Anyone can get involved in this fantastic program, all you need to do is go to the Live Life Get Active website: https://livelifegetactive.com/about/ register online and remember it is a FREE program.

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden thanked Jane and Amanda for their informative address and said we will circulate details of this fantastic initiative Live Life Get Active program to all our affiliates and we hope that a lot of our members will participate in the program.

CORRESPONDENCE:

1.  From:  NSW Teachers Federation:   informing Unions NSW of a significant win in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission in the fight against precarious employment.

A dispute settlement reached between the NSW Teachers Federation and the Department of Education will provide at least 2630 permanent jobs for casual and temporary Public School teachers.

The Federation believes over 4000 teaching positions identified in a monitoring process were being staffed by temporary teachers.  These positions should have been made permanent. The positions include those that become available when vacated by a permanent teacher due to retirement, resignation, promotion or transfer to another school, and to new positions established because of increased student enrolments.

The dispute related to an award requirement that the department seek to maximise the filling of vacancies by the appointment of permanent teachers, including permanent part-time teachers, and a staffing procedure that stated the "Department recognises that permanency is a key recruitment and retention incentive for teaching in NSW public schools".

Under the settlement, the department has agreed to "monitoring and compliance action" to ensure that all permanent positions in all schools are filled in accordance with a staffing agreement that prioritises permanent teachers.

NSW Teachers Federation believes this win represents "one of the most positive outcomes in decades in terms of maximising opportunities for temporary and casual teachers to become permanent".

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved the Executive recommendation:

"That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW congratulates the NSW Teachers Federation in their win for casual teachers.

This is an outstanding win for thousands of teachers who have endured years of ongoing temporary employment."

Com. P. Robson (NSWTF) seconded.

CARRIED

2. From: Australian Workers' Union (AWU): regarding the raids on Sydney and Melbourne Offices this week.  As you would be aware by recent media reports the Australian Workers' Union was subject to raids in its Sydney and Melbourne offices.  The raids ostensibly related to donations made in 2006 to Getup and the Australian Labor Party, however it is clear that they were conducted for political purposes with the sole objective of damaging the union and in the process our former National Secretary and now ALP leader Bill Shorten.

The media were tipped off about these raids by the Industrial Relations Minister Michaelia Cash's office.   After misleading Parliament five times where she denied any involvement by her or her office the Minister has been forced to recant her version.  This has resulted in a staffer resigning after admitting to being a source of the leak to the media.  The AWU has lodged a Freedom of Information request relating to this matter.

These donations being investigated have never been a secret and are on the public record. 

Ironically the raid seized materials that had been handed over to the politically motivated Trade Union Royal Commission.

The AWU has been inundated with support from the union movement as well as our friends in the business community and the public at large.  On behalf of our National executive, I would like to issue our thanks for these messages of solidarity and support.

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved the Executive recommendation:

"That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW condemns the misuse of police and public resources by the Federal Government and the Registered Organisations Commission in their attempt to smear the reputation of the AWU, Bill Shorten and all unionists around the country.  Such behaviour is an attack on democracy and the rule of law.  These political attacks distract from the important work of unions in representing their members and building better lives for Australians.

Further, we condemn the use of police, public institutions and the media as political weapons in our national discourse."

Com. B. Parker (CFMEU) seconded.

CARRIED

REPORTS:

1. Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Committee (ATS)

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden reported on today's Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Committee Planning Day.  This was the second meeting between Unions NSW & ATSI Committee.  Report back from Unions NSW Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Committee regarding the Survey that was sent out to affiliates.  Start the conversation of identifying union members of indigenous community.

First National workers Alliance visited Community Development Program (CDP) workers and observed the suffering under the Northern Territory intervention for the past 10 years.  Intervention has removed opportunities for workers to work on their own land.  They are forced to have a Basics Card removing a person's dignity.

A day of action will be held in March 2018 in protest.

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:

"That the report be received and noted."

Com. A. Claassens seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1.  The Time to Act is Now Rally
Community Action for Windsor Bridge
Thompson Square, Windsor - Sunday, 29 October, 2017
12 noon (speeches start at 1pm)
The NSW Government plan for the destruction of Australia's oldest Town Square.
This precinct dating from 1795 includes two structures designed by Francis Greenway, as well as the oldest remaining
stockade wall in Australia.

2. Stand In Solidarity with the sacked PNG Workers Rally
Tuesday 31 October 2017 from 1pm
Outside the Papua New Guinea Consulate, 222 Clarence Street, Sydney
The MUA Sydney Branch will be rallying in support of the 1,000 dockworkers' in Papua New Guinea (PNG), who are being sacked and replaced with exploited non-union labour.  Despite being the world's fastest growing terminal, ICTSI is hell bent on attacking the working conditions and livelihoods of maritime workers' in every corner of the globe.

3. Protest the AFP Raid on the AWU - Sack Cash
Wednesday 1 November from 12:30pm
Malcolm Turnbull's Office - 287 to 289 New South Head Road, Edgecliff

4.  Change The Rules Rally
Thursday 16 Nov4ember 2017
11:30am - 
Meet at Belmore Park 12 Noon - March to Cook & Phillip Park
Speeches:  12:30pm to 1:00pm

 

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:30PM

 

 

 

 

 

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