UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - MEETING HELD THURSDAY 21 JULY 2016
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM.

The Acting President, Com. R. Mallia occupied the Chair.

PRESENT:  M. Morey [Secretary], S. Deguara [WHS/Industrial Officer].

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 of the meeting of 14 July 2016 as circulated be received".

Com. S. Turner (PSA) seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

"That the minutes of the meeting of 14 July 2016 be adopted".

Com. P. Byrne(NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

CREDENTIALS:

From: 
The Australian Workers Union, Greater NSW Branch appointing Steve Ackerman in place of Russ Collison for tonight's meeting.

From:  Textile Clothing Footwear Union of Australia, NSW/SA/TAS Branch, appointing Tracy Lefevre in place of Hung Nguyen for tonight's meeting.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

"That the credentials be received and the delegates welcomed".

Com. M. Stylli (ETU) seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES: Apologies were received and accepted for: T. Costa (UNSW), E. Maiden (UNSW), B. Holmes, J. KIejda (NSWNMA), R. Collison, P. Noack (AWU), D. McKinley, B. Ward (ETU).

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the apologies be received and accepted".

Com. S. Ackerman seconded.

CARRIED

EXECUTIVE CORRESPONDENCE:

1.  From Construction Forestry Mining Engineering Union, NSW Branch:- 
advising Unions NSW the parents of deceased worker Mathieu Linares-Lopez, Dina and Alberto had arrived in Australia to attend the sentencing hearing of the work, health and safety prosecutions of the comanies that caused Mathieu's death.

He and his friend Nicholas, had not been on site for very long before tragedy struck and Mathieyu, aged 22, was killed in April 2013.  The parents were invited to come and make a victim impact statement.

SafeWork NSW at first would not agree to meet the travel costs of Dina and Alberto and their other son Tony from Quebec, Canada, where they live.  It was iportant for them to be here and to express the extent of their loss to the Court.  They could not afford to come without some assistance.

After representation from the CFMEU and supported by Unions NSW, SafeWork NSW developed a policy and paid for the immediate travel and accommodation expenses.

Dina and Alberto are immensely grateful for this support and would to briefly thank Unions NSW at this Thursday's meeting.  Wse hope this has helped them find some added closure.

The Secretary, Com. M. MOrey moved the Executive recommendation:-

"That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW commends the CFMEU on their continued campaign to make workplaces safer and support victims and their families of unsafe work such as Dina and Alberto in achieving justice".

"Com. J. Owen (TCFUA) seconded the resolution.

CARRIED

The Acting President, Com. R. Mallia introduced Dina and Alberto Linares-Lopez who spoke about their son's death on an Australia Street worksite in Camperdown.  Dina thanked the CFMEU for their support.

2.  From The Public Service Association:-  advising Unions NSW on Monday 18th July the PSA had marched on Mike Baird's office to protest the privatisation of disability services and the lack of consultation over this process.

The PSA sought support from Unions NSW and its affiliates and we were very happy with the support that weas given.

The CFMEU, Nurses and Midwives Association, RTBU, MUA and the USU were all present supporting the PSA and its members.

It is fabulous to see the unions representing workers in the public sector uniting against the horrific economic platform of this government and its attacks on public sector workers.

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

"That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW congratulates the public sector unions for taking the fight for their members to Baird's doostep and continuing ther campaign againsdt this governments neo-liberal privatisation agenda".

Com. S. Turner (PSA) seconded the resolution.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1.  Return to Work Inquiry 

The Unions NSW Return to Work Inquiry will be visiting 10 locations around NSW.

If you were injured at work since the June 2012 workers' compensation cuts we want to hear about your experience.  Join our Return to Work Inquiry.

Unions NSW will be touring the state in August to collect stories from injured workers face-to-face about their return to work experience.  These stories will from the basis for our submission to the Law & Justice Committee.

Return to Work Inquiry 

All stories will form part of the Unions NSW submission to the Law & Justice Committee that is commencing a Review of Workers' Compensation Laws in NSW Parliament in August 2016.

2.  Absestos Action Rally

The ETU will be holding an asbestos srally tomorrow:

Friday 22nd July 2016
11.00am 
Assemble Sydney Town Hall
11.30am  Walk to Ausgrid Head Office for demonstration
12.30pm  Walk to Parliament House, Macquarie Street (via Martin Place) for demonstration.

3.  Invitation - Federal Election Thank You Party

As a special thank you for the efforts of the NSW trade union movement, our members, local activists and our local community union groups over the last 12 months are holding a "Mighty NSW Trade Union Election Celebration" Thursday, 4th August 2016, 5:30pm - 8:30pm at Unions NSW, Trades Hall Atrium.

The theme is orange and/or black so everyone is requested to wear something in those colours.  For catering purposes please RSVP to Mary O'Donoghue via email modonoghue@unionsnsw.org.au.

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 5:45PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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