UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - MEETING HELD THURSDAY, 6 OCTOBER 2016
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM

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

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 Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

“That the minutes from the meeting of 29 September 2016 as circulated be received”.

 Com. M. Whaites (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

That the minutes of the meeting of 29 September 2016 be   adopted”.

Com. M. Kearin (NSWNMA ) seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES: Apologies were received and accepted for: A. Claassen (RTBU), R. Collison (AWU),  B. Parker (CFMEU), D. McKinley (ETU).

The Secretary, Com. M Morey moved:     

“That the apologies be received and accepted”.

Com. R. Martin (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE:

Com. Brett Holmes, General Secretary, NSW Nurses & Midwives Association asked the Secretary if he was aware that ESTIA Health is trying to cut Sunday penalty rates to aged care staff.

The Secretary said he was not aware of this but said Unions NSW supports retaining existing conditions for all workers and noted the importance of Sunday penalty rates in compensating staff for working unsociable hours as well as being an important component of weekly pay for many workers.

GUEST SPEAKER: 

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey introduced Linda Scott, Councillor for City of Sydney Council.  Linda is the Secretary of the Labor Councillor caucus.

Linda addressed delegates and said on behalf of all the Labor Councillors she would like to thank the delegates and unions for all the support the candidates received in the recent council elections. It was very much appreciated.  Linda also gave special thanks to the retired unionists who she saw handing out flyers in the rain.

Linda noted that in the City of Sydney election, a number of unions had difficulty voting.  Linda will be working to investigate what happened. She would like to hear from any trade union that was disenfranchised.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey thanked Linda for all her work in helping get trade unions registered to vote. He noted there was a swing to progressive forces and a strong vote against council amalgamations. It was a shame not all councils could vote. He said Unions NSW will continue to oppose amalgamations.

EXECUTIVE CORRESPONDENCE:

1.  From Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU): regarding CPSU members three-year industrial campaign against the Abbott/Turnbull Government.

The Government had sought to cut conditions, remove important workplace rights including the right to flexible working arrangements, dictate hours of work and in some cases reduce employees’ take home pay.

The campaign has been particularly pronounced in the Department of Immigration and Border protection.  CPSU members in DIBP had been engaged in high level industrial action for some time. After bargaining in this agency showed no possibility of delivering a fair and reasonable result for workers, CPSU members decided to significantly escalate their industrial action.

Late last week as a result of CPSU member’s industrial action, the Department was forced to seek a suspension of the action. Given the deadlock in bargaining, and with no genuine prospect of fairly resolving the matter, CPSU sought termination of action and access to arbitration by the Fair Work Commission. 

Yesterday the FWC ruled in favour of the CPSU, which means that a new agreement will now be settled by arbitration through the FWC. It has been the commitment of CPSU delegates and members to take high level, sustained industrial action that has delivered this outcome.

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

“That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW congratulates the CPSU and their members for this significant win following the 3-year industrial campaign to stop the government cutting the workers’ rights and conditions.”

Com. R. Ryan (CPSU) seconded the resolution.                    

CARRIED BY ACCLAMATION


2.  From Australian Services Union (ASU): -
thanking Unions NSW for their unwavering support for the ASU campaign to achieve paid domestic violence leave as a national employment standard.

ASU would also like to sincerely thank all union secretaries and their members who will be joining our action next Thursday, 13 October, where representatives of all unions in NSW will join with members of the ASU who work with people who live with violence.

Domestic violence affects us all - so it is very much union business.

We are doing what unions do best – working together and with the community to make a real difference to the lives of working people.

We know that Daniel Andrews, the Premier of Victoria is a strong supporter of paid DV leave and that he has been trying to convince other state and federal leaders to support us.

As NSW unions we have asked the NSW Premier and Leader of the Opposition to support paid DV leave when they meet later this month in October at a special COAG meeting to discuss domestic violence.  We are hoping that they will join us next week to demonstrate their support for this important reform.

As tonight’s meeting of Unions NSW Executive and Council will be the last meeting before our action next week, we would be grateful if you would pass on my thanks to all affiliates and confirm the details:

          #We Won’t Wait for Paid DV Leave Rally & Vigil

          12 noon Thursday, 13 October 

          Under the Tree of Knowledge (behind NSW Parliament House)

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

“That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW encourages all affiliates to publicise the rally and vigil taking place on 13 October and turnout as many activists as possible to support this important issue”

 Com. M. Santos (ASU) seconded the resolution.                    

CARRIED

REPORTS:   

1.   Keep our Hospitals Public Campaign

Com. S. Barbar reported on the Keep Our Hospitals Public campaign and said

Union NSW are working with NSWNMA, HSU and ASMOF.   A number of regional rallies will be held over the next couple of weeks at Wyong, Maitland, Goulburn, Bowral and Shellharbour as these five hospitals are marked to be privatised.  The rallies are about securing local support for the hospitals to stay public.

We need to send a message to the government that hospitals should remain in public hands. To do this we require everyone’s support.  This is only the start of the government’s hospital privatisation plan – this will flow on to other hospitals in the Sydney region. Rumours are rife that Port Kembla and Northern Beaches Hospitals could be privatised.  Next year this work will flow into a broader campaign on this issue.

A video was shown to delegates detailing the reaction at Shellharbour Hospital when they learned their hospital was to be privatised. The video was well received and will be circulated to affiliates.

Area

When & Time

Where

Organiser

Wyong

Sunday 16 October

   11am – 12:30pm

Morrie Breen Oval, Kanwal

Salim Barbar

0417 286 482

Maitland

Sunday 23 October

   12noon -2pm

Maitland Park. Meet at the main entrance off Walker Street

Mary Yaager

0408 931 899

Goulburn

Sunday 30 October

  11am – 12:30pm

Assemble Belmore Park, Goulburn march to Goulburn Base Hosp.

Mary Yaager

0408 931 899

Bowral

Sunday 30 October

  2:45pm -4:45pm

Assemble Bowral Hospital.  Rally at 3pm Glebe Park, Bowral.

Mary Yaager

0408 931 899

Shellharbour

Sunday 6 November

  12noon

Benson Basin

Cnr Wattle & Lake Entrance Rd, Shellharbour

Mary Yaager

0408 931 899

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

That the report be received and noted”.   

Com. B. Holmes (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 

1.  The Future of Work - How can we make it Better?

Thursday 6 October, Atrium, Sydney Trades Hall at 6:30pm

The council meeting was followed by the public launch and reception of the Centre for Future Work. 

2.  Labour Day Mass

Everyone is welcome to attend  Wednesday 12 October @ 11am

Polding Centre Chapel, Level 6, 133 Liverpool St, Sydney

Followed by a light luncheon   RSVP: jpoinfo@sydneycatholic.org.au

3.  We Won’t Wait!   Domestic Violence Rally & Vigil - Thursday 13th October at 12PM-1PM

Where:  The Domain – Hospital Road (Under “The tree of knowledge”) behind NSW Parliament.

Attendees are encouraged to wear purple.

For more details: Salim Barbar or Jan Primrose 

4.  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. 

5.  Save the Date – Equal Pay Dinner  17 November 2016

6.  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 


NOTE: 

Unions NSW Council Meetings will not be held Thursday 13 October owing to the Jeff Shaw Memorial Lecture.

Council Meetings will resume Thursday 20 October. 

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:00PM

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