UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES, MEETING HELD THURSDAY, 26TH FEBRUARY 2015

IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM.

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

 

PRESENT:  M. Lennon [Secretary], M. Morey, E. Maiden [Assistant Secretaries].

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 12th February, 2015 as circulated be received”.

 Com. R. Tonkli seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

 “That the minutes of the meeting of 12th February 2015 be received and adopted”.

 Com. V. Falconer seconded.

CARRIED

CREDENTIALS FOR TONIGHT’S MEETING:

From:  Textile, Clothing & Footwear Union of Australia:- appointing T. LeFevre in place of M. Edwards for tonight's meeting.

From:  Australian Workers' Union, Greater NSW Branch:- appointing S. Bean in place of R. Collison and C. Bodnar in place of               S. Bali for tonight's meeting.

CREDENTIALS FOR THE ENSUING YEAR:

From:  NSW Teachers Federation:-  appointing Theo Bougatsas, Lenore Hankinson and Julie Ross as delegates for 2015.

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

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

 

 Com. A. Claassens seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES: Apologies were received and accepted for:  B. Smith, R. Collison, S. Bali, J. Angrisano, Graeme Kelly, B. Holmes, J. Kiejda.

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

“That the apologies be received and accepted”.

Com. J. Anderson seconded.

CARRIED

GUEST SPEAKER:

The President, Com. M. Issanchon welcomed Dr Eric Lim, Workers’ Doctors Practice and invited him to address the meeting.

Dr Lim said he was concerned about workers being bullied and or dismissed as a result of their workers compensation claim.  He said he has been working with Trade Unions for some time and has been doing a day a week at the Granville offices of the National Union of Workers.

He is seeking to get trade unions a preferred group of doctors especially for workers compensation claims.  Dr Lim said he wouldn’t charge the co-payment if it was introduced.  He has treated many people on Medicare as they do not want the stigma of being seen to be on workers compensation.

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon thanked Dr Lim for his address.

EXECUTIVE BUSINESS CORRESPONDENCE:

1.  From Independent Education Union:-  advising the IEU has been in dispute with the Catholic employers in NSW and the ACT for almost 12 months over a new enterprise agreement for teachers and general staff employed in Catholic systemic schools.  The EA for teachers expired in December 2013.

At the heart of this protracted dispute is the determination of Catholic employers to downgrade working conditions and introduce new and onerous provisions on their workforce.  Recent media attention has focused on a proposal to widen the scope and potency of a Catholic ethos requirement which the Union believes is intrusive into the private lives of its members outside their working environment.

We seek the support of Unions NSW in opposing the intrusion by employers into the personal lives of employees outside the workplace and the infringement of their fundamental human and civil rights.

The IEU will continue to resist this oppressive extension to existing arrangements and will campaign to remove the blanket exemption to the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act for non-government educational authorities.

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

 The correspondence be received and Unions NSW offers its full support to the IEU and their members in the negotiations with Catholic employers.  The move by the Catholic employers to downgrade working conditions and intrude into the private lives of workers is objectionable and in breach of human rights.  We ask the IEU to keep us updated with the campaign”.

 

Com. J. Quessy seconded and spoke to the resolution.

CARRIED

2.  From Textile Clothing & Footwear Union:- advising Unions NSW of an issue of utmost concern to their organisation.

When the Abbott Government was elected in September 2013, one of the first decisions it made was to remove funding for organisations that were involved with or connected to Trade Unions. One of those organisations was Ethical Clothing Australia, who had been receiving funding from the previous Gillard Labor Government at Million a year over 4 years.

Ethical Clothing Australia is a voluntary accreditation and labeling system that promotes ethically accredited brands, and assists the local textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) industry to ensure Australian workers receive fair wages and decent conditions. In the last 5 years, ECA estimates that through the accreditation, approximately 6,000 homeworkers have been directly assisted. This includes having a much greater awareness of their legal rights and entitlements, with many homeworkers now receiving award wages and conditions for the first time in their working lives. This progress is significant in an industry which has been characterised by entrenched exploitation and abuse.

Prior to the Victorian State Election the Labor party committed to support ECA, by way of providing million worth of funding over 2 years. They have now confirmed that commitment as the newly elected Victorian Labor Government. ECA’s accreditation program is internationally recognised as best practise in an industry in which exploitation is endemic. Government support is crucial to ensuring the Australian TCF industry has an ethical and sustainable future.

TCFUA therefore request Unions NSW arrange an Urgent meeting with the Industrial Relations Labor Opposition Minister, Adam Searle and the TCFUA in an attempt to gain a similar commitment from the NSW Labor Opposition.

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

“The correspondence be received and Unions NSW is familiar  with the great work of Ethical Clothing Australia for fair wages and decent conditions in the TCF industry.

Further, Unions NSW will seek an urgent meeting with Minister Adam Searle and the TCFUA to discuss the issue of the funding of ECA”.

Com. J. Owen seconded the resolution.

CARRIED

3.  From Finance Sector Union of Australia:-  advising Unions NSW ANZ employees have resoundingly rejected an enterprise agreement proposal that would have clawed back significant working conditions and eroded job security. Members rejected a clawback agenda and said no to a broken pay model, changes to redundancy provisions and attacks on hours of work and penalty rates.

The final results of the EA ballot on the proposed ANZ EBA was 5028 Yes and 9127 No (that’s almost 2 to 1).

ANZ workers clearly rejected the bank's proposal and we call on ANZ to come back to the bargaining table to negotiate a new EBA in terms that share in ANZ success, removes unfair pay caps on salaries, provides transparency and fairness to market rated staff and protects jobs not threaten them.

We thank affiliates for their best wishes during this campaign. This campaign saw over 900 ANZ workers step up across workplaces to share information about the campaign, speak with others about the issues impacting on them and co-ordinate the vote. It was a clear indication of what we can achieve when members combine strength and power and take on the big end town – we win! 

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

“The correspondence be received and Unions NSW congratulates the FSU and their members at ANZ for their work in organising the NO vote on the ANZ EBA.  The role of ANZ workers in the campaign must be particularly acknowledged.  The proposed agreement was sub-standard and was rightly rejected by the workers.

Congratulations to all involved.”

Com. G. Derrick seconded the resolution.

CARRIED

REPORTS:

1.  Campaign Update

Com. Lennon advised the Baird Government’s re-election will depend on their ability to retain enough seats some with margins of less than one hundred votes.  He stated this is why it is important for us to be on the ground talking directly with voters.

This weekend there are a number of opportunities to participate in the campaign including attending one of the door knocks in the following areas:

  •  Saturday, 28th February at Campbelltown and Maitland;
  • Saturday, 7th March at Oatley and Blue Mountains;
  • Saturday, 14th March at targeted door-knocking in all targeted seats;
  • Saturday, 21st March at Londonderry and The Entrance

The Secretary, Com. M. Lennon moved:-

 “That the report be received and noted”.

 Com. P. Reid seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

1.  Fight For Our Rights - Nationwide Protest March
     
Wednesday 4th March 2015
    12:30pm, Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney
     RSVP: Bit.ly/March4OurRights

2.  Door-knocking Schedule - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Date

Unions NSW Co-ordinated door-knocking (LUCC hosting)

Affiliated-led doorknocking

(Lead Union)

Saturday

28th February

Campbelltown (Greater Macarthur Community Unions)

Maitland (Maitland Community Unions)

 

 

Saturday

7th March

Oatley (St George Community Unions)

Blue Mountains

  • Gosford – ETU
  • Lismore – ETU
  • Manly (NSWNMA
  • Ballina (NSWNMA

Saturday

14th March

Targeted door-knocking in all targeted seats

  • Strathfield (ETU & PSA)
  • Port Stephens (ETU & PSA)

 

Saturday

21st March

Londonderry (Penrith Valley Community Unions)

The Entrance (Central Coast Community Unions)

  • Coogee (ETU
  • Manly (NSWNMA
  • Ballina (NSWNMA
  • Kiama (PSA & ETU)

3.    Volunteer Phonebanking - Calls to campaign supporters - We need YOU to do your bit 

       Every Monday night – Trades Hall  3pm-5:30pm, 5:30 – 8pm 
  
       Every Wednesday night –   Trades Hall & Parramatta - 3pm-5:30pm, 5:30pm- 8pm  

      Volunteer for your shift at www.unionsnsw.org.au/events

4.  Construction Industry 2nd Annual Mental Health Conference - Thursday, 5th March 2015

      Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont

      Further conference details are available by going to    http://www.matesinconstruction.org.au/Registration-mhc2015

 

5.   International Women's Day 2015  - Saturday 14th March  

      Meet at Sydney Town Hall at 10:30am to march at 11am

      Please contact Kate Minter, Unions NSW for further information 

6.  Launch of Macquarie University Workers Compensation Cuts Report - 12 Noon Friday 6th March
     Dame Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, 597 High St, Penrith
     A light lunch will be serviced    Please RSVP through our Unions NSW Website                                             

 7. Women In Super – Mother’s Day Classic - Sunday, 10th May 2015 – The Domain, Sydney & Parramatta Park

     Walk or run 4km or 8km It doesn’t matter how you walk or run.  It Just matters why!  Walk or run for breast cancer research.            Registration is now open – Nationwide events.

     Emma Maiden and Rita Mallia will be running again so please either join them or sponsor them.

     Register online: mothersdayclassic.com.au/register-online.

8.  COUNCIL MEETINGS

Tonight is the last Thursday night Council Meeting until after the NSW State Election on 28th March and Good Friday (3 April).

Meetings will resume in 6 weeks on Thursday, 9th April, 2015.

Meeting adjourned at 6:25pm.

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