UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES MEETING HELD THURSDAY, 8th OCTOBER 2015
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY 5:30PM.

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

PRESENT:  M. Lennon [Secretary], E. Maiden [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 Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

“That the minutes from the meeting of 17th September 2015 as circulated be received”.

Com. R. Smith seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

That the minutes of the meeting of 17th September 2015 be adopted”.

Com. G. Welsh seconded.

CARRIED

CREDENTIALS:

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

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

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

Com. R. Tonkli seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES:  Apologies were received and accepted for: M. Morey, P. Reid, J. Kiejda, B. Holmes, P. O’Brien, W. Baxter, D. Ravlich, J. Roden, T. O’Grady, P. Byrne, A. Claassens, R. Collison, C. Boyle.

The Secretary, M. Lennon moved:-

“That the apologies be received and accepted”.

Com M. Boyd seconded.

CARRIED

EXECUTIVE CORRESPONDENCE:

1.  From: The Public Service Association of NSW (PSA):- regarding the shooting last Friday, 11th September at Parramatta Police HQ where long serving public servant Curtis Cheng was killed. This is the second time in the last 18 months that a public servant had been shot and killed whilst serving the people of NSW. 

The PSA extends to the family, friends and working colleagues of Mr Cheng our sincerest sympathies. We are very happy with the support our members have received from all parties. The PSA, Police Association and NSW Police Force have worked well together and supported each other through this event.

We are working closely with the NSW Police Command and Police Association to ensure the safety and well-being of others who work in Police premises. We will meet with members who work for Police to hear concerns that they may have about their well-being and we will be raise them in a meeting with the Police Commissioner.

It is with pride that PSA noted that the Special Constables who averted a greater loss of life are covered by the PSA. Special Constable delegate Marin Jurcevic supported our members quickly after this tragic event occurred. The PSA will be working with Special Constables to hear matters of concern that they may have and these will be raised with the Police Commissioner.

The PSA’s concern is for all public servants delivering the myriad of services across NSW. We call on Premier Baird to recognise and support public servants who serve the people of NSW and create the basis of a civil society.
 

We request the support of Unions NSW and Affiliates.

Details below for those who may wish to provide a donation as a way of expressing sympathy to Mr Cheng’s family:

          NSW Police Legacy Appeal
          BSB 815 000
          Account 276953

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

“The correspondence be received and Unions NSW expresses its condolences to the Cheng family and to all the staff at the NSW Police Force that have been impacted by this tragedy.  We commend the PSA and the Police Association NSW for their efforts to provide assistance and support to each other.

The details of the Legacy Appeal for the Cheng family will be distributed to all affiliates.”

Com. S. Turner seconded.

 

CARRIED 

2.  From: The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU): - The CFMEU writes to join many unions in voicing grave concerns about the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Deal.

As had been reported, the deal has been signed in secret, without public discussion or debate and there are real questions that are raised about the true effect on local industry and jobs.

The US always acts in its own interests, it’s a shame our Government does not act in our interests, and if the China Free Trade Agreement is anything to go by, the effect on local workers and local jobs.

It’s a secret what the deal says about overseas workers and labour movement which would impact jobs and potentially drive down wages and conditions.

The Investor State Dispute Settlement provisions that allow corporations to sue the Australian government for making laws or policies that are good for Australian people, but may lower profits is also disturbing.

We ask that Unions NSW and affiliates continue to oppose this agreement’s implementation and further lobby the ALP to continue to do so as well.

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

“The correspondence be received and Unions NSW also expresses its concerns about the TPP.  The secrecy of the negotiation, the lack of the Parliamentary oversight, the inability to favour local employers in procurement, the elevation of corporate rights above national sovereignty and more are all areas of concern.

Unions NSW will continue to express our concerns within the community and to Parliamentary representatives.”

Com. J. Owen seconded.

CARRIED 

REPORTS:

1.   BlueScope

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon reported on closure threat of the BlueScope Port Kembla steelworks.  A deal has been done with workers agreeing to a wage freeze and other measures to limit job losses. A representative of the Illawarra union movement will be invited to give a report on the issue at the next meeting.

 The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

 “That the report be received and noted”.

 Com. P. Noack seconded.

CARRIED

2.  Save our Weekend Campaign

Com. Bernie Smith, SDA and Com. Mark Boyd, United Voice both reported on the Save our Weekend campaign. They thanked the trade unions for their involvement: NSWNMA, USU, HSU, RTBU, LUCC groups, the ACTU and Unions NSW. They also noted:

  • Eight regional launches were held.
  • Work is continuing to keep the issue in front of people.
  • Membership increased and a lot of new leaders were identified.
  • The advertising campaign helped with cut through at train stations, street stalls, wobble boarding and doorknocking.
  • Blitzes have also been carried out a three other shopping centres and many new members signed up.
  • A community roundtable meeting was held two weeks ago with civil society. NCOSS has signed up to the campaign.
  • The idea of tax concerns in lieu penalty rates is not popular. People would rather have the $130 per week or so they get from penalty rates in their pockets.
  • Penalty rates is the number one issue for working people and will be the biggest issue for unions at the next Federal Election.
  • The new Employment Minister, Michaelia Cash was at Freehills and played a huge role in developing WorkChoices.

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

That the reported be received and noted”.

Com. B. Smith seconded.            

CARRIED

3.  Build a Better Future Campaign

Assistant Secretary, Com. Emma Maiden reported on the Build a Better Future Campaign and the special BBF Campaign Briefing with ACTU Vice-President, Sally McManus that will be held Thursday 22 October 2015 at 3:30pm to 4.30pm  Executive Boardroom, Level 3, Trades Hall.

It is recommended all Secretaries, Assistant Secretaries and Campaign Coordinators attend.

Com. E. Maiden spoke of the NSW China Free Trade Agreement debates to be held at various locations.

NSW China Free Trade Agreement Debates

Date

City

Venue

Time

Tue 27 Oct

Grafton

South Grafton Ex-Servicemen’s Club Wharf Street, South Grafton

6pm

Tue 27 Oct

Hurstville

Hurstville Club Central 2 Crofts Ave, Hurstville

6pm

Tue 27 Oct

Central Coast

The Entrance Leagues Club3 Bay Village Rd, Bateau Bay, Central Coast

6.30pm

Wed 28 Oct

Penrith

Penrith Paceway 141-147 Station Street, Penrith

6pm

Fri 30 Oct

Queanbeyan

Heritage Room, The Royal Hotel QBN 85 Monaro St, Queanbeyan

6pm

Wed 18 Nov

Bomaderry

Bomaderry Bowling Club  154 Meroo Rd, Bomaderry

6.30pm

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

That the report be received and noted”.

 Com. J. Bueller seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1     Real Men Wear Pink launch – Atrium, Thursday 22 October at 5:30pm
      Join us together with Bisley ambassador Scott Cam from “The Block” to celebrate the launch of Real Men Wear Pink.
       Food & drinks will be provided  We encourage officials to wear the colour pink (the more outrageous the better).

2     The Asbestos Diseases Foundation Gala Race Day 2015
       ADFA is holding its Gala Race Day to provide services to the community and to raise funds for the Asbestos Disease Research          Institute (ADRI) at Concord Hospital.   Saturday 31st October  - Derby Day – Rosehill Gardens 
       11:30am arrival -  First race starts at 12:05pm Single tickets - $200 (GST inclusive)  or a table of 10  for $2,000

       For further information please contact ADFA office on 9637 8759 

3     Safety and Injured Workers Conference Dinner  Raising funds for the Injured Workers Support Network
       Thursday 22nd October 6pm for 6:30pm start The Red Room 99 York St, Sydney.    $140 per head. 
       All profits go to the Injured Workers Support Network

4     Safety and Injured Workers Conference - Unions NSW will be holding its Annual Safety and Injured Workers Conference
       Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd October 2015.  Please register your attendance with Rose Docwra at rdocwra@unionsnsw.org.au

5.    Labour Day Mass
       Following the Council meeting tonight a Mass was held at 6:30pm at St Peter Julian’s Church, 641 George St, Sydney.

       Followed by reception at the Atrium, Trades Hall.  Everyone is welcome.

 MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:01 PM

    

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