UNIONS NSW ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING MINUTES - MEETING HELD THURSDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2018
TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, TRADES HALL COMMENCING AT 5:30PM.

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

PRESENT:  M. Morey [Secretary], E. Maiden [Assistant Secretary] and delegates as per attendance book.

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.

CREDENTIALS FOR THE ENSURING YEAR:

From:  NSW Nurses & Midwives’ Association appointing B. Holmes. J. Kiejda, D. Altman, E. Baldwin, W. Baxter, P. Byrne, S. Davis, F. Deegan, R. Di Staso, M. Doherty, B. Dulal, D. Guthrie, T. Hoffman, M. Kearin, C. Leiva, R. Martin, N. Mason, T. O’Grady, D. Ravlich, H. Rebeiro, M. Whaites, A. Whelan, as their delegates for 2018.

From: Australian Manufacturers Workers Union appointing Manufacturing Division: S. Murphy, R. Fortescue, A. Rutherford, J. Carovska, D. White. Vehicle Division:  Ian Sherwood. Food Division: Heidi Kaushal. Print Division: Vanessa Seagrove, B. Griggs as their delegates for 2018.

From: NSW Police Association: - appointing S. Webber, P. Gooley, K. Membreno, M. Hilder, R. Harty, P. Hannen, A. Boromisa, and P. Remfrey as delegates for 2018.

From: Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation NSW (ASMOF):- appointing A. Holland as their delegate for 2018.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:- 

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

Com. P. Noack (AWU) seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES:  Apologies were received and accepted for:- T. Costa (UNSW), J. Dixon (NSWTF), C. Bolger (Prof.Aus), M. Gatfield (UV), B. Smith (SDA), T. O’Grady, D. Ravlich, C. Leiva (NSWNMA), P. Fernandex (AMIEU), R. Olsen (TWU), M. Northam (IEU), H. Kaushal (AMWU).

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

“That the apologies be received and accepted.”  

Com. R. Fortescue (AMWU) seconded.

CARRIED

GUEST SPEAKER:

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey introduced Mr. Greg Dyer, President of the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) which is the collective and representative voice of past and present male and female elite domestic and international cricketers in Australia and which represented players in the most recent pay dispute with Cricket Australia.

Greg is also a former Test Cricketer, having played for Australia in the late 1980’s and, notably, as part of Australia’s first World Cup winning team in 1987.  He captained NSW and was a member of 2 successful Sheffield Shield winning teams.  He spent five years as an honorary director of Athletics Australia.

Greg spoke about the recent pay dispute with Cricket Australia including the strategy used during the industrial dispute, how the players maintained solidarity throughout the dispute and what the final agreement means for the players moving forward.

The first MOU in 1997-1998 covered pay, travel, terms of conditions.  The last 5 year MOU was due to expire last year and the players wanted to continue their 20 year revenue share model and were also asking to include female players in the MOU.  Females were being paid a pittance, putting in big hours.  The negotiations were very principled, with strong support of the players.

Cricket Australia (CA) didn’t understand the strength of the players psyche and their attempts to divide and conquer were naïve. Having tried to divide international and domestic players, they sought to divide men and women and misunderstood the connection between the two groups.  CA wouldn’t give details on how the new pay model they were proposing would work and wanted to take players back to an employer/employee model.   The contract deadline was 30 June and they Association knew CA wanted to go past this date and in effect lock out players. They were seeking to break the funding model for the ACA too and remove them completely from future negotiations.

The Australian A Team chose not to tour South Africa, a big personal sacrifice for those guys wanting selection in the Ashes Test coming up.  From then on CA knew players had chosen a “no way back” position.  How could any player agree to play once the A Team guys had refused a tour and the Indian tour was coming up. CA caved.

The ACA had 18 objectives that were achieved including the revenue share model being protected.  Men and women players are in one agreement and paid on the same basis in regards to time commitment.  Domestic and international players are treated fairly and received good pay increases.  Players received back pay to 30 June. The position of the ACA was strengthened. 

The players were behind the 18 objectives.  We had lots of external support including media and commercial sponsors, grassroots players etc.  We had a great negotiation team including Greg Combet and John Whelan.

The Secretary thanked Greg for his very informative and interesting speech.

AUDITORS REPORT:

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey presented correspondence from the auditors.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

“That the report be received.”

Com. P. Reid (USU) seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

“That the report be adopted.”

 Com. G. Kelly (USU) seconded.

CARRIED

AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS:

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey presented to the meeting the Audited Financial Statements as at 30 June 2017. 

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

“That the Auditor’s Financial Statements for the year ending 30 June 2017 be received.”

Com. R. Reilly (FSU) seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

“That the Auditor’s Financial Statements be adopted.”

Com. R. Mallia (CFMEU) seconded.

CARRIED

APPOINTMENT OF AUDITORS:

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey, in accordance with Rule 13 moved:-

That KPMG continue and be appointed Unions NSW Auditors until 30 June 2018.  During this period the Finance & Governance Committee undertake a tendering process for the appointment of auditors for the period 1 July 2018 – 30 June 2021.”

Com. J. Quessy (IEU) seconded.

CARRIED

TRADES HALL REPORT:

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey presented the Annual Trades Hall Report and the Independent Auditors Report.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

That the report be received.”

Com. B. Holmes (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

That the report be adopted.”

 Com. S. Murphy (AWMU) seconded.

CARRIED

SCROLLS OF HONOUR:

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey advised the meeting a Unions NSW Scroll of Honour for the following distinguished delegate: -
 

Lynne Ridge, NSW Nurses & Midwives Association

The Secretary said “Lynne joined the (then) NSW Nurses’ Association in 1986.  During Lynne’s time with the Association, she held the positions of Information Officer, Marketing Officer, Marketing and Campaigns Organiser and Marketing and Recruitment Organiser.

Lynne has been a long-time delegate to Unions NSW and a staunch supporter of APHEDA having held positions on their Committee for 15 years up until 2016.

Over the last 30 years, Lynne has been involved in and worked on many of the Associations biggest industrial and trade union campaigns both in NSW and at a national level such as:

  • Workers Compensation
  • Public Private Partnerships
  • Bernie Banton & the Asbestos Diseases Foundation / James Hardie
  • MUA / Patricks – waterfront dispute
  • Unions NSW Public Services campaign
  • NSW Government – Privatisation (in particular Northern Beaches Hospital development).

Lynne played a pivotal role in the Associations Your Rights at work campaign in the lead up to the 2007 Federal Election.  Another creative campaign Lynne worked on with Unions NSW officers was a joint campaign between both unions with the Unions for Transfusions campaign during Easter 2012 and extended into 2013.   By Easter 1,570 people pledged to become blood donors following 25 workplace visits to hospitals across the state.  This popular campaign also won the major ACTU national campaign and media award.  Lynne always tackled every campaign and event with passion and enthusiasm, and does not give up until she succeeds.

Lynne’s loyalty to her colleagues, her friendship and inspirational thinking in relation to the many campaigns and events that she has managed during her tenure, have furthered the interests of nursing and the Association.

Over the past 12 months, Lynne has experienced a period of ill health and it was with deep regret that Lynne resigned from the Association early February.

Lynne accepted the Scroll of Honour and addressed delegates, thanking Unions NSW and the NSWNMA and all affiliates. She expressed her regret at having to leave the union movement but reflected on the fun she had over the years working with many present.

SECRETARY’S ANNUAL REPORT:

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey presented the 2017 Unions NSW Annual Report to the meeting, copies of which had been circulated to delegates.

The Secretary addressed delegates and thanked all Unions NSW officers and staff for all their support, hard work and commitment. The Secretary particularly thanked Angela Byrne, Communications Director, for her work on the Annual Report.

The Secretary referred to the strategic plan which established 4 objectives for Unions NSW:

  • Grow the movement;
  • Be a voice for working people;
  • Campaign outside the electoral cycle;
  • Win and celebrate our wins.

Our work at Unions NSW this year has really reflected these objectives. We stopped hospital privatisations, the union movement has grown, we have led the national debate around the gig economy, we have advanced the agenda on paid domestic violence leave and so much more.

It couldn’t be done without the ongoing work and commitment from our wonderful team of affiliates, activists, LUCCS and retired members – without all their support and effort we could not have run such successful campaigns.

Thank you to everyone.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

“That the 2017 Annual Report be received.”

Com.  Michael Thomson (NTEU)seconded.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

“That the 2017 Annual Report be adopted.”

 Com.  Steve Murphy (AMWU) seconded.

CARRIED BY ACCLAMATION

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey thanked delegates for their attendance and invited delegates to the Atrium for drinks and finger food.

 MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:25 PM

 

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