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

PRESENT:  T. Costa [Acting Secretary], K. Minter [Research Officer].

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.


The Acting Secretary, Com. T. Costa moved: 

“That the minutes from the meeting of 30 March 2017 as circulated be received”.

 Com. B. Holmes (NSWNMA) seconded.


The Acting Secretary, Com. T. Costa moved:                          

“That the minutes of the meeting of 30 March 2017 as circulated be adopted”. 

 Com. B. Smith (SDA) seconded.


APOLOGIES: Apologies were received and accepted for: M. Morey [Secretary], E. Maiden [Assistant Secretary], J. Dixon (NSWTF), M. Thomson (NTEU), R. Collison (AWU), G. Kelly (USU), T. Wright (PSA), R. de Staza (NSWNMA), D. McKinley (ETU).

The Acting Secretary, Com. T. Costa moved:       

“That the apologies be received and accepted”.

 Com. A. Claassens (RTBU) seconded.



1.  From Geoff Derrick – Vice President, Unions NSW:- regarding his notice of resignation – Vice President Unions NSW to take up a new role at the ACTU:-

I first became a delegate to the Labor Council in 1989 and have gained plenty from my engagement with the broader NSW Union Movement since then.

In that time, we have witnessed relentless attacks on working people in our state, in our country and around the world.  Despite our efforts there is more inequality in Australia today than at any time in the post-war era.

When Sally McManus was elected as ACTU Secretary last month she asked me for help in implementing her plan.  I wasn’t looking for a new job but I have decided to accept the offer to join ACTU as National Campaign Coordinator because I want to help.  When any of us is asked to step up for the movement we have a duty to say yes.  

The strategic choices that you are making can ensure that Unions NSW builds a new winning culture and provide hope where great people with high Skills and good plans bring about progressive change.  Working people in NSW deserve no less. 

I take up the role with ACTU on 1 May 2017, therefore my resignation will be effective on 30 April 2017.

It has been an honour to work directly for you and with Unions NSW, the affiliates and their members for 28 years.  We have shared many great Times and more than a few challenges.  This is hard work but it is honest work based on values that we share around social and economic justice,

Equality and inclusion. 

Every worker in this country is better off because of the existence of the union movement and the work that our unions do.  I wish you well and assure you of my ongoing support.

Com. G. Derrick addressed council and said:-

Thank you. I am looking forward to taking on this new role. We are more united than any time before. There are unjust laws we have to change and we’re going to take them on. We are in exciting times.”

The Acting Secretary, Com T Costa moved:


“That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW thanks Geoff for his outstanding service over 28 years to the Union movement in NSW.


Further, the Unions NSW Returning Officer will commence the preparations for nominations for the position of Vice President, Unions NSW.”

Com. R. Fortescue (AMWU) seconded.



1. Trent Hunter - Penrith Valley Youth Forum
60 young people attended the youth forum in Penrith on 31 March 2017. Many young people who attended didn’t know what unions were and left having a much better understanding of what unions have won. Friendly Jordies performed at the event.

At the meeting, we signed up two new SDA and two new PSA members. A number of unions attended the event and provided information about rights at work in their industries. We would like to say a special thank you to HSU, PSA, MUA, CFMEU and SDA.

The Penrith Valley Community Unions, developed this youth event, hoping to roll out in other areas.

The Acting Secretary, Com. T. Costa moved:

That the report be received and noted”.

Com. M. Kerin (NSWNMA) seconded.


2.   No Profit From Rape Rally
Com. J. Primrose (ASU) thanked affiliates for attending the rally on Thursday, 6 April 2017. There were 5,000 people at the Rally. Since the campaign began we have collected over 22,000 signatures. There is broad support for the campaign across the movement and we thank affiliates for their work in raising this issue with their members.

Last week ASU delegates from Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia went to Canberra and lobbied 55 MP’s and Senators, asking them to ensure RDVSA is not privatised. We received strong support from those we spoke to. Government MP, Christian Potter remains unconvinced and continues to refer to counsellors as “disgusting and dangerous.”

Tenders for the RDVSA service close next week. We will find out in 3 weeks if the service has been outsourced to a private for-profit provider.

The Acting Secretary, Com. T. Costa moved:

That the report be received and noted”.

Com. P. Noack (AWU) seconded.


3.   Gosford By-Election
Com. S. Barbar reported that the seat is held by 203 votes. The election is this Saturday and unions are staffing 10 polling booths.

The union movement has run a campaign about the importance of local jobs and the lack of action by the NSW Liberal Government. It has been well received by the community. This Saturday we will be handing out ‘how to votes’ asking voters to put the Liberals last. 

The Acting Secretary, Com. T, Costa moved:

That the report be received and noted”.

Com. P. Noack (AWU) seconded.


4.   Penalty Rates Campaign
Com. M. Yaager reported that in the lead up to the Easter long weekend, unions will be handing out materials on penalty rate cuts at stations on the morning of Thursday 13 April.

A list of all station locations will be circulated to unions. Unions are asked to ‘adopt a station’.

There were attempts to hand out at the Easter Show. Unfortunately, there are strict rules around handing out at the Easter Show and this was not possible. 

There will be train station hand-outs on Thursday 13 April. For more information contact Mary Yaager at Unions NSW. 

The Acting Secretary, Com. T, Costa moved:

 “That the report be received and noted”.

 Com. P. Noack (AWU) seconded.



1.  Palm Sunday Rally for Refugees 2017 – We can do better! #BringThemHere
Join in the rally to step up the pressure for change. We can do better, Bring them here Rally at 2:00pm
on Sunday 9th April 2017, Hyde Park North.
March to First Fleet Park, Circular Quay.
Contact Ian: 0417 275 713 or Peter: 0418 312 301


2.  International Day of Mourning Service
Invitation to join families and friends who have lost loved ones as a result of workplace accidents or an illness acquired at work.


Sydney: Friday 28 April, 11:45am for 12:00 Noon at Reflection Park, Darling Harbour


Blacktown Council: Friday 28 April, 9:30am-10:00am Blacktown Showground, Reflection Pool (near café).


Central Coast:   Friday 28 April, 11:45am for 12 Noon Ourimbah Wall of Remembrance, Chittaway Rd, Ourimbah

3.  May Day – Sunday 7 May 2017
March for Equality & Your Rights@Work
Hyde Park North from 12 noon

4. Mother’s Day Classic – Walk or run - Sunday 14 May 2017
From 6am. 
Domain, Art Gallery Road or Parramatta Park
Unions NSW has again entered a team in the Mother’s Day Classic
Unionists can REGISTER for the event (make sure you click JOIN A TEAM, then select UNIONS NSW) here: http://www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/

Unionists can DONATE to the team here:  https://mothersdayclassic17.everydayhero.com/au/unions-nsw#/?_k=lnf6ek


 We are aiming to raise $5000 for breast cancer research.

 All team members will receive a running singlet.

Contact Emma Maiden, Unions NSW to place your order.

Womens Day Classic – Running Singlet

Singlet says:

We are union


Join your union


No Meetings for next two weeks

Please Note:  There Will Be No Thursday Executive or General Council Meetings 0n The Following Dates:
Thursday 13 April 2017

Thursday  20 April 2017

Meetings will resume on Thursday 27 April 2017



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