UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - MEETING HELD THURSDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2017
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM

The Acting President, Com. P. Noack occupied the Chair.

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

 

OPENING OF THE MEETING:   The Acting President, Com. P. Noack 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 26 October 2017 as circulated be received."

Com. D. McKinley (ETU) seconded.

CARRIED

 

"That the minutes from the meeting of 26 October 2017 as circulated be adopted."

Com. D. McKinley (ETU) seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES:  Apologies were received and accepted for:  J. Kiejda (President), R. Mallia, Brian Parker (CFMEU), J. Dixon (NSWTF), J. Wright (ASU), C. Bolger (Prof. Aust), M. Gatfield (UV), M. Thomson (NTEU), G. Kelly (USU).

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the apologies be received and accepted."

Com. R. Fortescue seconded.

CARRIED

GUEST SPEAKERS:

1.  Mitchell O'DwyerThe Secretary, Com. M. Morey welcomed Mitchell O'Dwyer, President and Co-Convenor of Labor for Veterans, Labor Action Committee.  Mitchell is a serving Army Officer and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mitchell O'Dwyer - President and Co-Convenor of Labor For Veterans, Labor Action Committee, spoke and said they are seeking to raise awareness of the current veteran suicide crisis and the importance of the Labor movement's response.  Labor Veterans sees a crucial role for trade unions as the values which drive the union movement are also the values that will solve this problem, standing up for those marginalised by their service; providing them with a sense of purpose and dignity in society and at work; maintaining vital access to the social wage, work-life balance and time with family.

2.  Sam Crosby, McKell Institute
The Secretary, Com. M. Morey welcomed Sam Crosby, Executive Director, McKell Institute speaking about the McKell Institute Social Lending Paper.

Sam Crosby spoke and said:  "It has never been a better time to be a pay-day lender.  This is a booming industry because there is so much demand.  20% of Australians do not have access to $500 cash instantly.

Government schemes do exist, but the problem is that these systems don't work because of bureaucratic and technological handles.

McKell is proposing a lending scheme that gives $500 instantly on a one off yearly basis and that can be recuperated from tax/wages if not paid back."

CORRESPONDENCE:

1.  From:  Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) re: SDA successfully terminates Domino's Agreement and reads:

Following applications by the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) made in June 2016 and July 2017, Senior Deputy President (SDP) Hamberger of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) issued a decision to terminate all 27 expired Domino's Agreements, including those covering drivers and in-store employees, effective 12 weeks from today.

While the SDA opposed Domino's request that 21 weeks be granted to implement the decision, SDP Hamberger determined that a period of 12 weeks would be reasonable.

One individual employee also filed an application to terminate one of the 27 Donino's Agreements that the SDA had already applied to terminate.  They filed their application in August 2017 after the SDA applications were listed for hearing.  The individual's application was then heard in conjunction with the SDA applications.

The SDA has been attempting to renegotiate Agreements for our members in Domino's.  The termination applications were necessary in the context of those difficult negotiations.  As you are aware fast food is a difficult industry to organise with high employee turnover and a dispersed workforce employed in a franchisee system.  The SDA has to individually sign up each member we have which is difficult with high turnover.  This means that whilst we have several hundred Domino's members in NSW it represents density of only about 10%.

Whilst we have successfully terminated the Domino's Agreements the SDA has remained focussed on achieving a new BOOT compliant Agreement for our members in Domino's.

While there remains a number of significant matters outstanding, negotiations are well progressed with the assistance of FWC.  We remain confident we will secure a new BOOT compliant Agreement what will provide strong wages, penalty rates and good working conditions for Domino's members.

A new BOOT compliant Agreement will also provide a vehicle for wage compliance across the business that will not only benefit Domino's employees, but also those franchisees who do abide by the correct conditions.

We will keep affiliation informed with any progress in this matter.

Com. B. Smith said: "Despite the media reports, it is in fact our union the SDA that made applications to terminate these agreements."

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

"That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW congratulates the SDA on their win in the commission and supports the SDA in their ongoing negotiations with Domino's for a BOOT compliant agreement."

Com. B. Smith (SDA) seconded.

CARRIED

REPORTS:

1.  UNION SUMMER

Com. J. Boutros reported and said:
"Applications are now open for the Union Summer Internship, 2018.  In ion Summer is a three week internship run from Monday 29th January - 16th February 2018.  Successful applicants will be placed with a trade union for the three weeks and are provided not only with training, but a diverse experience of what it is like to work for a union.

Union Summer has been designed for young people who are interested in workers' rights and social justice, who would like to find out more about how a union works and how we campaign to make Australia a better place for working people and their families.

Applications are on the Unions NSW twitter and Facebook feed.  A letter will be going out to unions shortly about how they can get involved and host an intern."

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the report be received and noted."

Com. N. Rich (USU) seconded.

CARRIED.

2. HOSPITALS CAMPAIGN UPDATE

Com. B. Holmes reported and said:  "We had a great win this week when the government announced it would abandon their plans to privatise Shellharbour Hospital.  The question now remains why not keep Maitland Hospital public?

A private non-profit operator is not good enough.

We want to thank Unions NSW for co-ordinating this campaign and the other unions, HSU and ASMOF." 

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the report be received and noted."

Com. B. Holms (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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

 

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:15PM

 

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