UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES MEETING HELD THURSDAY, 28th APRIL 2016
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM

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

PRESENT: M. Morey [Secretary], T. Costa [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 meeting of 14th April, 2016 as circulated be received”.

Com. A. Claassens seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-                           

That the minutes of the meeting of 14th April 2016 as circulated be adopted”.

Com. R. Fortescue seconded.

CARRIED

CREDENTIALS:

From: Textile Clothing & Footwear Union of Australia Tracey LeFevre in place of Mark Edwards for tonight’s meeting.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved: -

That the credential be received and the delegate welcomed.”

 Com. G. Preston seconded 

CARRIED

APOLOGIES: Apologies were received and accepted for: J. Kiejda, E. Maiden, Graeme Kelly, R. Collison, M. Aird. 


GUEST SPEAKERS - International Mourning Day

Subono Bono, LION and INABAN Indonesia

The Secretary introduced and welcomed visitors from Indonesia, Subono Bono a factory worker and unionist and Darisman (translator) from our partner organisation LION and INABAN, Indonesia.   Bono said he worked in construction for 15 years and is a union official campaigning in Indonesia to ban asbestos. Bono shared his experience of losing his asbestos factory worker friends and community members because of exposure to asbestos in the workplace and community. He said we need to build a movement of people ready and willing to back our friends in Indonesia (and across Asia) Bono and Darisman ask that you join them to stop the use of asbestos Indonesia and to Keep Fighting to Ban Asbestos in the world #‎AsbestosNotHereNotAnyWhere

The Secretary M. Morey thanked Bono and Darisman for their address and said we will support them in their fight to ban asbestos throughout the world.


Rowan Kernebone

The Secretary introduced Rowan Kernebone from Injured Workers Support Network.  Rowan spoke of what happens in a workplace accident and what happens afterwards. Many injured workers commit suicide. Those who take their lives because of their ongoing struggle with injury be it physical or psychological just aren’t recorded, suicide among injured workers is under the radar.  There are many causes as to why a person might choose to end their lives, workplace stress, physical illness/injury, job loss, social isolation and social/personal upheaval top the list of reasons for suicide among working aged people.

The injured workers support network believes that approximately 20 injured workers in NSW take their own lives each year. This figure is based on the number of threats we have received since we started in 2011. Workplace suicide is under reported.

In the wider community though the link between work and suicide is rarely made. The government just doesn’t keep records and the stigma for the families of those who take their lives remains a powerful deterrent to reporting.

The Secretary, Com.  M. Morey thanked Rowan for his address. 

EXECUTIVE BUSINESS CORRESPONDENCE:

1.  From Finance Sector Union:-  Today is both the International Workers Memorial Day when we remember the dead and fight for the living. Today is also the 20th anniversary of the Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania in 1996.

The Port Arthur massacre saw 35 innocent people murdered in a violent killing spree by one man with a semi-automatic weapon. Among the dead were workers from the café, the gift shop and park attendants. The reaction to the Port Arthur massacre saw the introduction of the first national firearms agreement between the Commonwealth and the States, leading to uniform gun laws featuring a proper purpose test for gun owners, a gun registration system, compulsory safety training and a loan on semi-automatic weapons.

Australia is a safer place because of these gun laws and the union movement played a critical role in achieving this outcome 20 years ago. Times have changed and we have seen a continuous push for roll back of these laws by a small minority of gun enthusiasts.

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

“That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW

remembers the reasons why unions were part of the leadership of the movement for better gun laws and recommit to playing our part in making Australia safe from gun violence.”

Com. G. Derrick seconded the resolution.                       

CARRIED

REPORTS:

1.     International Day of Mourning

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey said today is an important day to remember the tragic deaths of workers whilst at work and associated with work related diseases. A number of events were held across the State to commemorate this day.  The Darling Harbour event was well attended with over 600 people and workmen from the adjoining building site attended the service.  Other services at were held at the Central Coast, Blacktown, Newcastle, South Coast and were well supported.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey said he is committed to write to members of the state government who attended the service to ask for their support for better safety at work legislation and regulations.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

 “That the report be received and moved a vote of thanks”.

Com. A. Rudman seconded.

 CARRIED

2.   Jobs Embassy Week of Action Canberra - Monday 2 May to Thursday 6 May 2016 

Com. M. Yaager presented a timetable of events for the MUA Jobs Embassy in Canberra next week.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:- 

That the report be received and noted”. 

Com.  D. McKinley seconded.

CARRIED

3.  Paid Parental Leave Campaign 

Com. K. Minter reported on the Paid Parental Leave (PPL) Campaign and how it is an important election issue to win the hearts and minds of the electorate especially women voters. Unions NSW will be placing pressure on government and the opposition for better PPL.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved: -

That the report be received and noted”.

Com. P. Reid seconded.

CARRIED

4.   MP Week of Action

Com. S. Barbar reported on the week of action next week including the Jobs Embassy and various protests outside MPs offices presenting the petitions signed in support of Build a Better Future campaign.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved: -

 “That the report be received and noted”.

Com. R. Fortescue seconded.

CARRIED

5.  Safe Rates

Com. A. Rudman reported on the TWU’s action today in reaction to the abolition of the commission on Safe Rates tribunal.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

That the report be received and noted”.

Com.  J. Owen seconded.

 

CARRIED

6.   Door Knocking

Com. M. Yaager reported on the upcoming door knocking campaigns in the seats of Robertson, Dobell, Reid, Macarthur, Gilmore, Macquarie and Page and encouraged all unions to participate in these doorknocks.  It was also advised that a TWU bus would be leaving Unions NSW on Saturday 7th May at 7am for the Gilmore doorknock.   Com. Yaager also reported on the telethon which will take place on Saturday 14 May at Unions NSW and our Parramatta office.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved: -

 "That the reports be received and noted”.

Com. R. Fortescue seconded.

 

CARRIED

7.  May Day and May Day Toast

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey reminded affiliates of the upcoming May Day march and events to be held on Sunday. He also reminded affiliates of the May Day toast to be held on Friday night at Unity Hall.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved: -

That the reports be received and noted”.

Com. J. Owen seconded. 

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1. ACTU Organising Works

This is invaluable program has been servicing unions in their organising efforts for more than 20 years, and has now been revitalised with a new curriculum. We are calling for expressions of interest for programs running ins NSW, Qld & Vic.  This program will be composed of ten courses beginning in July 2016 and running to September 2017.

For further information please go to the ACTU website.

2.  Mother’s Day Classic

Sunday 8 May 2015 – Walk or Run it doesn’t matter how you walk or run it just matters why.

Emma Maiden and Rita Mallia will be running again so please either join them or sponsor them. Register online:  mothersdayclassic.com.au/register-online.

 

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:05PM

 

 

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