UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MEETINGS
MEETING HELD THURSDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2016 - IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PMZ

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

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

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 1 September 2016 as circulated be received”.

 Com. P. Byrne (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-                        

That the minutes of the meeting of 1 September 2016 be   adopted”.  

Com. R. Martin (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

CREDENTIALS:

From:
 The Australian Workers’ Union, Greater NSW Branch:
appointing: Steve  Ackerman in place of Paul Farrow for tonight’s meeting.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

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

Com. B. Nanva (RTBU) seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES:  Apologies were received and accepted for S. Turner (PSA), R. Tonkli (SDA), G. Kelly (USU), R. Collison (AWU), B. Smith (SDA). 

The Secretary, Com. M Morey moved:- 

“That the apologies be received and accepted”.

Com. B. Holmes (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

REPORTS: 

1.    Sydney College of the Arts Update

Com. Genevieve Kelly reported on the campaign to save Sydney College of the Arts. The students are now into their eighteenth day of occupying the premises at the SCA office at Callan Park, Rozelle. The proposal to close the college is part of 15 changes proposed at Sydney University, which all have very serious implications for students and staff.

The response from trade unions and community organisations has been great and the students thank all the unions involved for their ongoing support to save the College, the teachers’ jobs and the program for future and current studies. 

2.   Equal Pay Day

Com. E. Maiden reported that today, 8 September, was Equal Pay Day.

This marks the number of additional days after the end of the financial year that women have to work on average to earn the same as men. 

The national gender pay gap is 16.2% or $261.10 a week. The NSW gender pay gap is 17.1% (third worst in the country, behind WA and NT). The gender pay gap in Victoria is a much lower 12.4%.

Unions NSW today encouraged Premier Baird to pick up the phone to Daniel Andrews in Victoria and find out how they have achieve a gender pay gap nearly one third lower than NSW. NSW women workers are not worth less than our Victorian sisters. We need the Government to take action to close the gap.

3.   Apprentices Speak Out

Com. S. Barbar reported on the activities this week of Unions NSW and the NSW Teachers’ Federation who visited students at Nirimba TAFE at Quakers Hill and Ultimo TAFE with pizza and soft drinks to discuss the Government’s Review into Apprenticeships and Traineeships in NSW and to encourage apprentices and trainees to join our campaign around the review and to make a submission. The Government only engaged with employers in developing the consultation paper so Unions NSW and the Teachers’ Federation have stepped up to talk to the apprentices themselves.

The consultation paper outlined a number of proposals to water down the employer obligations which make apprenticeships and traineeships fair.  

Some of the most concerning proposals in the consultation paper:

  1. Allowing apprentices and trainees to be employed on a casual basis or as independent contractors
  2. Taking apprentices and trainees out of the workplace and focusing on block periods in the classroom with no employment and no wages
  3. Replacing Vocational Training Review Panel with a tribunal with no union representation  
  4. Removing Vocational Training Orders which are crucial in ensuring apprentices and trainees complete their training and are ‘work ready’

Students were asked to complete a survey which was well received. About 150 surveys are expected to be completed. Submissions close on 19 September. 

4.   Council Elections this Saturday

The Secretary Com. M. Morey reminded delegates a number of Councils would be holding their elections this Saturday.  He particularly noted unions with property in Sydney could vote in the Sydney City Council election. You can pre poll at Town Hall or turn up on Saturday to cast your vote. Mark urged any union that was having difficulty casting their vote to urgently get in touch.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

That all reports be received and noted”.

Com. Genevieve Kelly (NTEU) seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1.    Let’s have a ‘CUB’ Free BBQ – Grand Final Weekend 1 & 2 October

Affiliates are asked to have a CUB –Free BBQ and ensure their
esky has no CUB products in it.

Affiliates are asked to take a photo of their CUB free esky and upload on social media with the #boycottcub   Also they can register their CUB free bbq online - http://www.australianunions.org.au/cubfreebbq

2.  Palestine Solidarity Function

The MUA Sydney Youth Committee is hosting an event to help raise awareness about the Palestinian struggle for human rights. Tomorrow - Friday 9th September - $40 per ticket
5:30pm – 7:30pm MUA Office (Ground Floor) 365-375 Sussex Street
Please call MUA 9265 8444 for further details

3.  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. 

4.  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 2016      
Ticket Sales Online Only - http://bit.ly/JSML2016

More details or dietary requirements email:  Events@unionsnsw.org.au 

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 5:50PM

 

 

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