UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES MEETING HELD THURSDAY, 9th JULY 2015 IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM.

The President, Com. M. Issanchon occupied the Chair.

PRESENT:  M. Morey [Acting Secretary], P. Doughty [Acting Assistant Secretary].

OPENING OF THE MEETING:
The President, Com. M. Issanchon 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 Acting Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

 “That the minutes from the meeting of 2nd July 2015 as circulated be received”.

Com. P. Byrne seconded.

CARRIED

The Acting Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

 “That the minutes of the meeting of 2nd July 2015 be adopted”.

 Com. M. Thomson seconded.

CARRIED

CREDENTIALS:

From:  The Textile Clothing & Footwear Union of Australia:- appointing Graydon Welsh in place of Mark Edwards for tonight’s meeting.

The Acting Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

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

 Com. E. Cody seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES: Apologies were received and accepted for: M. Lennon, R. Collison, B. Holmes, A. Claassens, Graeme Kelly, R. Tonkli, B. Smith, C. Boyle, J. Kiejda, S. Turner, J. Wright

The Acting Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

 “That the apologies be received and accepted”.

Com. S. Usher seconded.

CARRIED

QUESTION WITHOUT NOTICE:

The Acting Secretary, Com. Mark Morey provided the following statement in response to delegate Robson’s question without notice at the 2 July 2015 Council meeting:

 “In respect of the protest which took place on Saturday, 28 June 2015 against the forced closure of Aboriginal Communities, with respect, the delegate has been misinformed.

 As a respected elder, Terry Mason was a guest speaker at this rally, along with Jenny Munro, Geoff McMullan and Ken Canning.  Terry Mason only spoke at the rally he did not march in the protest but later officiated at the post-march ceremony at Redfern.

I, Lisa De Luca, attended the rally and march from start to finish as a legal observer. There were absolutely no arrests at all that day, a matter which can be confirmed with NSW Police.  The rally was entirely peaceful and of the thousand-strong crowd, there were hundreds of children.

I trust this clarifies the matter.  Please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to discuss anything.

Regards

Lisa De Luca”

EXECUTIVE BUSINESS CORRESPONDENCE:

1.  From The National Breast Cancer Foundation:-  thanking Unions NSW and the building unions for getting behind the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign.

The aim of the campaign is to: 

  1. Raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation to fund a cure cancer.
  2. Raise awareness amongst men that this is not only an issue for women men are also diagnosed with breast cancer.
  3. To challenge men in construction to take the challenge in their workplace by wearing pink and holding a workplace action to raise money and awareness.

 The campaign will be launched with:

          BROOKFIELD MULTIPLEX, Mark Moran Group Site,
         2 Laguna Street, Vaucluse
         Tuesday 28th July from 10am

 We hope to see the relevant unions at the launch.

The NBCA is really excited about this initiative and hope to do a number of launches with Unions NSW and we would appreciate your ongoing support.

The Acting Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved the Executive Recommendation:-


“The correspondence be received and Unions NSW invite all affiliates to attend on the day ”

 Com. R. Mallia seconded the resolution.

Com. M. Morey spoke to the resolution and thanked Mary Yaager and the Building Trades Group for their work on this initiative. The aim is to have a number of building sites turn pink in the coming weeks.   Com. Morey also reported on the suggestion from Rita Mallia that an upcoming Thursday night meeting be declared pink in support of the cause, and that affiliates would be advised ahead of this occurring.

CARRIED

2. From Public Service Association of NSW:- drawing attention to the recent announcement by the NSW Government of the appointment of two public servants whose salaries have been ‘determined’ by the Statutory and Other Officers Remuneration Tribunal as being fair and reasonable at the tidy sum of $632,800 per annum for the incoming chief executive of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, and $616,000 per annum for the incoming Secretary of the NSW Treasury.

These appointments were reported in the Sydney Morning Herald.

In each case the salaries offered to the new appointments represent a substantial increase in the worth of the positions, which is way over the current ‘cap’ for wage and salary increases in the sector.

It is beyond ironic, that at a time when the NSW government workforce is required to ‘bargain’ conditions for any increase in salary or wages, and where the maximum that may be paid in any case is 2.5% , that personal appointments made by the Premier and Treasurer appear to be exempt from these policies.

The only conclusion to be drawn from the much higher rates paid to these two new appointments are either that the previous incumbents have been grievously underpaid and undervalued, in which case the government has failed to ensure that positions are properly valued, or, alternatively, that there is one law for the government’s ‘mates’ and another for the rest of us.

In the case of the Chief Executive of the Barangaroo Authority, the salary offered represents 39% more than that earned by the previous occupant.

In the case of the Secretary of the Treasury, the increase offered to the new appointment (who previously worked for Westpac), is 24% more than that paid to the previous incumbent.

In either case, the salary increases these appointments ‘enjoy’ is a clear case of ‘do as I say and not as I do’.

Public Sector unions are now entitled, I believe, to demand a thorough going re-evaluation of all public service positions, on the basis that if one or two positions have been undervalued by an average of 31%, it is fair to assume that thousands of other positions are similarly undervalued and deserve an appropriate re-adjustment to account for increased productivity, responsibility and the need to recruit and retain the best possible workforce to serve the people of NSW. 

The PSA requested the Secretary of Unions NSW write to the Premier requesting similar re-evaluations of all public service positions.

The Acting Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved the Executive Recommendation:-

“The correspondence be received and Unions NSW condemns the Baird Government for its ongoing attacks on the wages and conditions of NSW public sector workers while at the same time inflating the salary packages of senior managers within the public sector.

Further, Unions NSW write to the Premier requesting a similar re-evaluation of all public service positions.” 

Com. P. Kelly seconded the resolution.

CARRIED

REPORTS:

1.   Penrith Valley Community Unions

Campaign Organiser, Mary Yaager reported on the launch of the Build A Better Future Campaign in Penrith on Wednesday 24th June. Sally McManus, ACTU Campaigns Director addressed the meeting. The Penrith Valley Community Unions identified jobs as a key issue.

A petition against the provisions of the China Free Trade Agreement signed recently by the Abbott Government was launched and already 500 signatures have been collected.   Between this event and on the Central Coast last week, over 200 people had attended events for the campaign.

The Acting Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

"That the report be received and noted”.

Com. M. Ptolemy seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1.   Invitation – Real Men Wear Pink Launch 
Brookfield Multiplex
Mark Moran Group Site
2 Laguna Street, Vaucluse
Tuesday 28th July from 10:00am.

2.   Macquarie University and Unions NSW

Invite you to a seminar discussion and public forum
Trade Unions as Professional Associations – is “partnership” part of the way forward? 
Tuesday 21 July, 12:30 – 2:00pm  Executive Boardroom, Level 3, Trades Hall
4-10 Goulburn St, Sydney (enter via 377 Sussex St

Panel speakers:

Professor Peter Ackers, Professor of Industrial Relations & Labour History, Loughborough University, UK 

The Hon. Justice Michael Walton, President, Industrial Relations Commission of NSW, and Industrial Court of NSW 

Jo-anne Schofield, National President, United Voice

Light lunch provided – please RSVP here for catering purposes.

RSVP:  Paul Doughty, Unions NSW pdoughty@unionsnsw.org.au

3.   Miners Federation Centenary

 Centenary Exhibition – 100 Years of the Miners Federation

Come and see the display of banners, posters and memorabilia

Sydney Trades Hall Atrium – From 8th – 22nd July  10am – 5pm

4.     Film Festival – Latin America – Solidarity Documentary

“There is not victory without Struggle”

 Thursday, 16th July to Saturday 18th July 2015

 CFMEU NSW Building, Level 2, 0-12 Railway St, Lidcombe

Tickets please call 0425 539 149   www.latinamericansolidaritynetwork.org

MEETING ADJOURNED AT  5:47 PM


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