UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - MEETING HELD THURSDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER 2016
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM.

The President, Com. J. Kiejda occupied the Chair.

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

OPENING OF THE MEETING:
The President, Com. J. Kiejda 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. T. Costa moved:-

"That the minutes from the meeting of 22 September 2016 as circulated be received".

Com. A. Claassens (RTBU) seconded.

CARRIED

The Acting Secretary, Com. T. Costa moved:-

"That the minutes from the meeting of 22 September 2016 be adopted".

Com. P. Byrne (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

CREDENTIALS:

From:  The Australian Workers' Union, Greater NSW Branch, appointing Vern Falconer in place of Brock Skelton for tonight's meeting.

The Acting Secretary, Com. T. Costa moved:-

"That the credential be received and the delegate welcomed".

Com. R. Tonkli (SDA) seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES:  Apologies were received and accepted for M. Morey (Secretary), R. Mallia (CFMEU), B. Smith (SDA) R. Collison (AWU), D. McKinley (ETU), Rita Martin (NSWNMA)

The Acting Secretary, Com. T. Costa moved:-

"That the apologies be received and accepted".

Com. B. Holmes (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

NATIONAL POLICE, REMEMBRANCE DAY, 29 September 2016

The Acting Secretary, Com T Costa suspended standing orders and said:

 “Each year, 29 September holds a special significance for police throughout Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and the Solomon Islands. It is a day for police to pause and honour officers whose lives have been lost while performing their duty as a police officer. This important day is also a time to remember police officers who have lost their lives through illness or other circumstances.

An electronic memorial has been erected at the entrance of the Trades Hall Auditorium which recognises the unique nature of police service and the dangers that police face in their daily duties. I ask that all delegates join me in a one-minute silence in memory of the fallen.”

A one-minute silence followed.

GUEST SPEAKER: 

The Acting Secretary Com. T. Costa introduced Dr Sean Sweeney, co-author of a new report released in June, “An Illness to One is the Concern of All: The Health Impacts of Rising Fossil Fuel Use”.

Dr Sweeney works with other health unions globally on these issues. In June, TUED convened a conference on the impacts of climate change on health and health care provision in the US. Questions of public ownership and privatisation of health care are also central to the discussions with unions involved in TUED. TUED also runs a regular “climate immersion” course, educating union leaders about the impacts of climate change and how the union movement can better respond.

Dr Sweeney addressed Council and said:

Unions are caught between the need for corporations to be productive and successful employers and the environmental movements demands for increased environmental regulation on corporations. This is why unions are perfectly positioned to advocate for a reasonable way in which there can be a movement to sustainable energy without disadvantaging existing workers in the energy sector.”

Acting Secretary, Com. T. Costa thanked Dr Sweeney and said: “It is refreshing to hear of proposal that endorses a move to environmentally sustainable energy and industry that is reasonable and does so in a way that will ensure that those workers in the existing energy industries will not be left disadvantaged.”

 EXECUTIVE CORRESPONDENCE:

1.  From the Electrical Trades Union of Austalia, NSW Branch (ETU):- regarding the Orange By-Election and reads:

On Tuesday the ETU attended a meeting at Unions NSW to discuss the up-coming Orange By-Election. At this meeting a broad range of unions discussed options for a coordinated union campaign in Orange. The By-Election is an opportunity to send a clear message to the NSW Government and Premiere Mike Baird that the union movement will not tolerate its anti-union and privatisation agenda. The ETU supports the proposal by Unions NSW to develop a campaign plan and for Unions NSW to coordinate a union campaign in Orange to “Put The Nationals Last.”

For these reasons the ETU calls on Unions NSW to pass a resolution seeking Unions NSW to prepare and coordinate a union campaign to Put the Nationals Last in the up-coming Orange By- Election and to encourage all affiliates to support this campaign.

The Acting Secretary, Com. T. Costa moved the Executive recommendation: -

“That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW will prepare and coordinate a union campaign to “Put the Nationals Last’ in the up-coming Orange By-Election.

Unions NSW encourages all affiliates to support this campaign.”

Com. V. Falconer (AWU) seconded the resolution. 

CARRIED 

REPORT:

Rally to Stop the TPP

Com. E. Maiden (Assistant Secretary, UNSW), reported on the broad alliance of community groups, unions, environment and church organisations rallied on Monday 26 September outside the public hearing of the national parliamentary inquiry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in Sydney.

Com. E. Maiden said: “We know the TPP is dangerous and will destroy environmental laws, worker’s rights and affordable medicines, by putting corporations and profits first. Special thanks to the unions that attended and to all those that spoke at the event.”

The Acting Secretary, Com. T. Costa moved:-

That the report be received and noted”.

Com. M. Kearin (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1.  Launch and Reception: The Future of Work

From Jim Stanford, Ph.D. Economist and Director of the Centre for Future Work at the Australia Institute. 

An invitation to a public reception to officially launch the Centre for Future Work, a new research initiative of the Australia Institute based at Sydney’s Trades Hall.  The Centre is already producing high-quality progressive research on employment, industrial relations, inequality, and other work-related topics.

The launch will take place on Thursday, October 6, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, in the atrium lobby of Sydney Trades Hall.  Light snacks and refreshments will be served.  Speakers will include:

•         Mark Morey, Secretary of Unions NSW

•         Ben Oquist, Executive Director, The Australia Institute

•         Prof. Barbara Pocock, University of South Australia

•         Dr. Jim Stanford, Economist and Director, Centre for Future Work 

Please RSVP for the event at http://www.futurework.org.au/official_launch

Admission is free!


2.  Save Sydney College of Arts (SCA) – Rally & BBQ

Saturday 1 October @ 11am- Callan Park, Rozelle from

Come along and support the ongoing fight to save SCA - Join the rally and BBQ – bring your friends, families & dogs.


3.  Let’s have a ‘CUB’ Free BBQ – Grand Final Weekend 1 & 2 October

Affiliates are asked to have a CUB –Free BBQ and ensure their
esky has no CUB products in it.

Affiliates are asked to take a photo of their CUB free esky and upload on social media with the #boycottcub   Also they can register their CUB free BBQ online - http://www.australianunions.org.au/cubfreebbq

4.  Labour Day Mass & Supper – 12 October 2016 at 11:00am, Polding Centre Chapel, 133 Liverpool Street, Sydney

Bishop Terry Brady, Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney in conjunction with the Justice and Peach Office of the Catholic Archdiocese, would like to invite you and your families to a mass and Supper to celebrate Labour Day and the achievements and challenges of unions and their members on Wednesday 12 October 2016 at 11:00am in the Polding Centre Chapel, on level 6 followed by a light luncheon.

RSVP: jpoinfor@sydneycatholic.org.au

5.  The Jeff Shaw Memorial Lecture - 13th October 2016

The Memorial Lecture will be held at The Athenian Greek Restaurant -
11 Barrack Street, Sydney

Guest Speaker: Sharan Burrow, General Secretary ITUC

RSVP by Friday 7th October

Ticket Sales Online Only - http://bit.ly/JSML2016

More details or dietary requirements email:  Events@unionsnsw.org.au 


6.  CFMEU - TRIVIA NIGHT Fundraiser for Worker Rights in Colombia

All proceeds will be contributed to Sinaltrainal Food & Production Workers Union of Columbia

Friday 21st October, 6pm- 11pm  Concord Bowling Club, 1 Clermont Ave, Concord

$25 per person ($200 per table of 8)

Registration forms are available tonight or contact CFMEU Accounts Dept. 


7.  Save the Date – Unions NSW Equal Pay Dinner - 
17 November 2016

 

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:00 PM

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