UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - MEETING HELD THURSDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2017
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 16 November 2017 as circulated be received."

Com. R. Fortescue (AMWU) seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the minutes from the meeting of 16 November 2017 as circulated be adopted."

Com. B. Holmes (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES:  Apologies were received and accepted for:  J Kiejda (President), E. Maiden (Unions NSW), A. Claassens (RTBU), B. Smith (SDA), D. McKinley(ETU).

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the apologies be received and accepted."

Com. J. Quessy (IEU) seconded.

CARRIED

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE:
Com. B. Holmes (NSWNMA) asked if the Secretary was aware that a number of associations have registered their business names with ASIC and are purporting to be professional associations for teachers, nurses and health workers.  The Nurses Professional Association of QLD (NAPQ) was set up to attack the Queensland Nurses and Midwives during the Newman era by a bunch of lawyers and right-wing nurses.  The company that sponsored and created them is QASG.  They are busily registering company names that look like member associations.  They try to attract members on the basis of being non-political and therefore offer services including industrial representation of individuals.  Just recently they turned up in Opal in QLD suggesting that they would be bargaining representatives.

The Secretary said he was aware the associations setting up and said they are not legitimate and said we have noted this concern.

CORRESPONDENCE:

1. From The Independent Education Union (IEU): advising that teachers and support staff in Catholic Schools are yet again forced to stop work in support of basic industrial rights.  Stop works will happen throughout NSW and ACT Catholic Schools next Monday morning, 4 December.

Our members previously took stop work action in November over employers denying the right to arbitration of disputes by the Fair Work Commission.

Catholic employers have now escalated this dispute by putting to the vote a proposed enterprise agreement that they have negotiated with themselves.

It is unprecedented anywhere in Australia to put forward an agreement NOT endorsed by the Union and shows the new low that employers who claim to "care" about their employees will sink to.

The IEU will campaign strongly to defeat this vote and requests messages of support from affiliates for publications on our website and through social media. Please send messages to publications@ieu.asn.au

Com. J. Quessy spoke to council and said "the Catholic Schools have put out an agreement to teachers to vote on for approval.  This agreement is not endorsed by the union and our members will vote against it.  The agreement has removed the right to have disputes arbitrated and members will be taking industrial action to ensure this right is restored. 

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

"That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW encourages affiliates to support the rallies on Monday, 4th December at Sydney, Parramatta and at venues across NSW."

Com. J. Quessy (IEU) seconded.

CARRIED

2.  From The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU):  thanking Unions NSW and all the affiliates for their support during the Streets Free Summer campaign.  The campaign was an important victory for the 150 workers at Streets Ice Cream in Minto.  Just as importantly, the campaign highlighted how the rules are stacked against working people.  While this has been a tremendous victory for Streets workers, we note that the campaign continues for thousands of other workers facing the threat of having their agreement terminated.

A few important statistics from the campaign:

Our top four AMWU Facebook posts during the Streets campaign reached over 300,000 people each.  This was an entirely organic reach and we did not put any money into boosting Facebook posts.  Along with the social media content posted by other unions and peak bodies, the campaign clearly transcended the usual union audience.  It was critical in shaping a positive view of unions in the general public.

The #streetsfreesummer hashtag on twitter reached over 1.5 million people.  This was critical in shaping the opinion of online influencers, particularly journalists.  Traditional media report of the Streets campaign was generally quite sympathetic to  the campaign of Streets workers.  The work of affiliates in supporting the campaign on twitter was integral to the positive reporting of the dispute.

Over 11,000 people signed the megaphone petition that was set up at the beginning of the campaign.  This list of supporters will be a continuing resource for unions to mobilise during future disputes and campaigns.

Thank you to all affiliates for your support on this campaign.

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

"That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW congratulates the AMWU on their successful campaign to have the company back down from their planned enterprise agreement."

Com. R. Fortescue (AMWU) seconded.

CARRIED

Com. R. Fortescue spoke and thanked all the unions and their members for supporting this campaign.  We have forced this company to back down from their plan to terminate their agreement which has a number of strong conditions including redundancies.

REPORTS:

1.  Bennelong By-Election Campaign.Com. Mary Yaager reported on the Bennelong By-Election and said "The unions will be launching their campaign in Bennelong this Saturday 2 December, special guest Kristina Keneally will be attending.  The message at the launch will be vote the Liberal Government out.  The slogan is "Send Turnbull a message".  Following the launch we will be doorknocking the area to get the message out there".

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the report be received and noted."

Com. R. Fortescue(AMWU) seconded.

CARRIED

2.  Hospitals Campaign UpdateCom. B. Holmes reported and said "We have been campaigning for 13 months in Maitland to stop the privatisation of the local community hospital.  300 people attended our community fun day and rally to oppose this privatisation.

There is no reason why the people of Maitland should not have a public hospital like all other cities and communities in Sydney.  Shellharbour, Wyong, Goulburn and Bowral have all been saved from the government's privatisation plan and are staying in public hands.

I would also like to thank all the other unions for their support and Unions NSW for their support and assistance in this campaign.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the report be received and noted."

Com. B. Holmes (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1.  Union Summer 2018
 
  Applications are now open to attend Union Summer which runs from 29th January 2018 to 16th February 2018

    If your union is interested in hosting an intern please contact Katie Summers or Jack Boutros at Unions NSW.

    Applications have been extended to Thursday 7 December 2017  

    http://www.unionsnsw.org.au/union_summer_internship_2018

 

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 5:50PM

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