UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - MEETING HELD THURSDAY, 3 NOVEMBER 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], E. Maiden [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 27 October 2016 as circulated be received”.

 Com. R. Fortescue (AMWU) seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:                         

 “That the minutes of the meeting of 27 October 2016 be   adopted”.

 Com. B. Smith (SDA) seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES:  Apologies were received and accepted for: R. Collison (AWU), B. Holmes (NSWNMA), J. Kiejda (NSWNMA), J. Wright (ASU), A. Holland (ASMOF).

The Secretary, Com. M Morey moved:      

“That the apologies be received and accepted”. 

Com. P. Reid (USU) seconded.

CARRIED

CREDENTIALS:

From:  The Rail Tram and Bus Union advising amendment of their delegation to Unions NSW; David Hastie to be replaced by                 Craig Turner and Lizanne Bennet to be replaced by Farren Campbell.

From:   The United Services Union appointing Colin Drane and Sean Szabo as USU delegates for the remainder of 2016.

From:   The Australian Workers Union advising amendment of their delegation to Unions NSW; R. Collison, S. Bali, P. Noack, J.                Buhler, P. Farrow, S. Bean, S. Ackerman with alternate delegates S. Leslie, P. Murray, E. O’Brien, L. Tucker, J. Cody.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

“That the credentials be received and the delegates welcomed”.

Com. P. Noack (AWU) seconded.

CARRIED

MOTION OF CONDOLENCE:

Vale - Joan Day

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey said Joan was 94 years old when she passed away.  We don’t know a lot about Joan’s working life, though we do know she was always a union member and a strong supporter of worker’s rights. There are suggestions she worked as a spy in World War 2.

She was married to Harry who was a bricklayer and BWIU member, they had two sons. Joan outlived her immediate family. Joan would often say the union movement was her family. 

We knew Joan for her activism in retirement. Joan was the honorary secretary of the United Voice Retired Members, a position she held until 2011. Joan also played an active role in Council of Retired Union Members Associations of NSW where she was awarded a life membership in 2006.

She was a member of the Labor Party, South Maroubra Branch. And held a long- term grudge against Bob Carr, after a dispute with him around the local French School.

She was passionate about issues that affected retirees. She once led 3 busloads of retired workers on a trip to the central coast to meet with the Federal Minister who was attempting to reduce the pension. When he tried to avoid the issue, she wouldn’t let him leave the meeting without getting him to admit the cuts and then loudly arguing against them.

Joan has been assisting at Labor Council every Thursday since about 2004.

She was passionate and stubborn and sharp as a tack, a great warrior for the labour movement who will be missed.

A MINUTES SILENCE WAS OBSERVED

REPORTS:

1. Keep our Hospitals Public Campaign

Com. S. Barbar reported on the Stop the Privatisation Health Rallies held 30 October.  Two rallies were held on the day firstly Goulburn Rally at 11am at Belmore Park and Bowral rally at 2:30pm at Tulip Park. 

Both rallies were well supported with over 500 attending members of the local community attending each one. Attendees were emboldened and encouraged by the Liberal Government’s late announcement to abandon their scheme to privatise Goulburn Hospital. Locals contribute this backflip was due in no small part to thousands of voters that signed petition against the privatisation of public hospitals.

The NSW Government has resurrected the failed policy of asking private companies to run public hospitals, starting with the new Northern Beaches Hospital in Sydney and extending that to five existing public hospitals WyongMaitlandShellharbour/ Port Kembla and Bowral. Goulburn was also on the list but the Government has backed down – for now. This is another step on the path to full-scale Americanisation of our health system. 

The next rally to Keep our Hospitals Public will be held in Shellharbour Sunday 6 November at 12noon Benson Basin, Corner Wattle and Lake Entrance Roads, Shellharbour.  

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

That the report be received and noted”. 

Com. M. Cartwright (NUW) seconded.

CARRIED

2.   Workers Comp Inquiry Protests

Com. E. Maiden reported on the series of actions this week to shine the spotlight on the failure of our workers’ compensation system since the drastic cuts were introduced by the Liberals in 2012. There was a rally outside the Wollongong WorkCover office on Monday, a march down the main street in Orange on Wednesday and a rally at Forgacs in Newcastle today. All the events heard from injured workers and their stories of the horrifying impact of the 2012 cuts. Tens of thousands of workers have been cut off income support and medical cover. And 25% of injured workers on workers comp for more than 3 years have contemplated suicide.

Unions NSW will be making our appearance before the Law & Justice Committee tomorrow, followed by a rally in Martin Place at 12.30pm and everyone is encouraged to join us. We will be presenting a cheque for $8 billion from the injured workers of NSW to the insurance industry, care of Mike Baird. The scheme now has a $4 billion surplus, which means $8 billion has been ripped from the pockets of injured workers and their families. The workers comp system in NSW is broken. We need a new system based on our 12 principles of workers comp reform.

We encourage delegates to support the rally tomorrow and bring your flags. 

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

That the report be received and noted”. 

Com. R. Fortescue seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

1.  Workers Comp Inquiry Protest

Friday 4 November at 12:30pm, Martin Place at Macquarie Street end.

2,  Invitation – Free concert to Save Bondi Pavilion

Sunday 6th November with Australian rock legends Hoodoo Gurus.

The concert will kick off at 1.30pm in the Dolphin Court on the southern side of Pavilion.


3.  Invitation - Workers Health Centre - 40th Anniversary Dinner

6:30pm Thursday 10 November 2016 - Marigold Restaurant, 388 George St, Sydney

All funds raised will go directly to the Injured Worker Support Network.

$120 per head / $1000 table of ten

Contact Florence at Workers Health 9749 7666

4.  Unions NSW Equal Pay Dinner

Thursday 17 November at 6:30pm for 7pm

Guest Speaker:   Ms Van Badham, columnist, novelist & union activist

The Athenian Restaurant, 11 Barrack St, Sydney

$67 per person and tables of 10 are available.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Kate Minter at Unions NSW. kminter@unionsnsw.org.au or on 0422 483 280   https://2016equalpaydinner.eventbrite.com.au


5.  FSU/Westpac Annual White Ribbon Breakfast

Tuesday 29 November 2016, 7:30am – 9:00am
Level 28, Tower Two International Towers , 200 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo

Cost: $40 per person.  Book a table of 8 before 10 November for $320.00.

RSVP: By Monday 15 November to Amelia Clancy, FSU  amelia.clancy@fsunion.org.au

Places are strictly limited and rsvp’s are essential so get in fast, 


6.  The NTEU Lecture
Reviving Civic Culture: The Role of Universities. “

Professor Dennis Altman  Professional Fellow in Human Security at La Trobe University

Thursday 1 December 2016 at 5:30pm

Guthrie Theatre, Peter Johnson Building, UTS, Level 3, Building 6, 702 Harris St Ultimo. 
Please contact NTEU to RSVP

7.  PLEASE NOTE

There will be NO Council Meetings next week

Thursday 10th November 2016 Due to the Secretaries Planning Days

Council Meetings will resume the following week Thursday 17 November


MEETING ADJOURNED AT 5:50PM

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