UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - MEETING HELD THURSDAY, 11 FEBRUARY 2016
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:35PM.

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

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

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.

MINUTES: 

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

" That the minutes from the meeting of 4th February 2016 as circulated be received".

Com. B. Smith seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

"That the minutes of the meeting of 4th February 2016 be received and adopted".

Com. R. Fortescue seconded.

CARRIED

CREDENTIALS FOR ENSURING YEAR:

From:  Rail Tram and Bus Union NSW Branch: appointing: A. Claassens, D. Woollams, D. Hastie, M. Cartwright, J. Epps, L.       Bennett, H. Bellette, L. Hayden (proxy) as delegates for 2016.

From:  Finance Sector Union Of Australia NSW Branch:-  appointing G. Derrick, R. Reilly, N, Singh, L. Arnfield, A. Martino, I. Morrison, G. De Vera as delegates for 2016 and alternate delgates J. Di Pietro, O. Hamed, G. Agius, S. Watts.

From:  Police Association of NSW:- appointing S. Webber, P. Remfrey, P. Gooley, K. Ward, M. Hilder, R. Harty, S. Little, A. Boromisa as delegates for 2016. 

From:  Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation:- appointing A. Holland as delegate for 2016.

From:  Community and Public Sector Union: - appointing M. Donnelly, M. Tull, K. Routh, S. Pittman, R. Ryan as delegates for 2016 and D. Mohr and C. Lumb as alternate delegates for 2016.

From:  Professionals Australia: - appointing P. Davies as delegate for 2016.

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. Morey moved:-

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

Com. G. Derrick seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES: Apologies were received and accepted for: R. Collison, G. Kelly (USU), D. Ravlich, H. Riberio.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

"That the apologies be received and accepted".

Com. M. Aird seconded.

CARRIED

EXECUTIVE BUSINESS CORRESPONDENCE:

1.  From Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)  regarding the Campaign to MPs, Say No to the TPP - Unions NSW is a member of AFTINET and has been part of our ongoing campaign against the Trans--Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade deal between the US, Australia and nine other Pacific Rim countries.

The TPP text has now been tabled in Parliament, and will be reviewed by a Parliamentary committee until the end of June. Parliament will then vote on the implementing legislation for the agreement to come into force.  We can still stop the TPP if the majority in the Senate votes no to the implementing legislation.

A World Bank study has shown the TPP will have almost no economic benefits for Australia, because Australia already has trade agreements with nine of the 12 countries involved.

The TPP is not about trade, but about extending corporate rights at the expense of people's rights:

  • The TPP will allow foreign corporations to bypass our national courts and sue governments in unfair international tribunals over future changes to laws, if they can argue that the change will harm their investment. There are increasing numbers of cases over changes to health, environmental and even minimum wage legislation.

 The TPP will extend monopolies on life-saving medicines, delaying cheaper medicines from becoming available.

  • The TPP will result in increased numbers of temporary migrant workers from TPP countries who are vulnerable to exploitation,  without testing if local workers are available.

We are demanding a proper independent assessment for the Parliamentary review, not just a report from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which negotiated the agreement.

  1. If there is no such independent assessment, we are asking MPs and Senator to vote no to the implementing legislation. Unions NSW to circulate the email an MP tool (AFTINET website) ask them to publicise to their members.
  2. Circulate copies of our new leaflet TPP:  Crunch Time in Parliament
  3. Support a TPP theme for May Day.
  4. Hold a rally or action outside the Sydney Parliamentary Committee hearing into the TPP.

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

“The correspondence be received and Unions NSW remains extremely concerned about the TPP and its expansion of corporate rights at the expense of people’s rights. We support AFTINET’s calls for an independent assessment of TPP for the Parliamentary review.

Unions NSW will circulate the ‘email an MP tool‘ (on the AFTINET website) to affiliates and links to the new flyer.  Unions NSW will also publicise these resources on social media and hold a rally or action outside the inquiry.

We will refer the issue of the May Day theme to the May Day Committee for their consideration”

Com. R. Martin seconded the resolution.

CARRIED

2.  From National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU):-  The ACTU’s 2015 policy on the humane treatment of asylum seekers and refugees, which opposes mandatory detention and turning back boats at sea, and calls for Manus Island and Nauru detention centres to be closed. Further, it encourages the union movement to participate in the Welcome Refugee movement.

Persistent attempts by governments to use refugees as scapegoats for the government’s failure to provide jobs, or fund housing and health care. The government is talking about making cuts to spending on health and education, while it wastes billions on refugee detention.

The danger faced by 267 asylum seekers who had been brought by the immigration department to Australia from the offshore detention centres of Manus Island and Nauru to receive medical attention and mental health treatment that was not available on Nauru or Manus Island. This includes 91 children (37 of whom are babies born in Australia; and 36 at school). The Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton has stated that he expects this group of  asylum seekers (including the 91 children) may soon be sent back to Nauru. Moreover:

  (i)      this group of people have spent around two years in detention and have not been processed;

(ii)       the detrimental effects of long term detention are well known for both children and adults;

(iii)      Nauru and Manus Island are not safe for asylum seekers or refugees;

(iv)      five state and territory leaders, including Labor premiers in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia have called on the Turnbull government not to return the 267 to Nauru;

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

“The correspondence be received and Unions NSW endorses the Palm Sunday rally to be held on Sunday 20 March at Belmore park and its focus on welcoming refugees and will encourage affiliates to participate.”

Com. G. Kelly (NTEU) seconded the resolution.

CARRIED

3.  From Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation (ASMOF):- the Last Drinks Campaign (http://lastdrinks.org.au/) is driven by a coalition of the unions representing doctors, nurses, paramedics and police officers. 

The Health Services Union, the NSW Police Association, The New South Wales Nurses and Midwives’ Association and the Australian Salaried Medical Officers’ Federation (New South Wales) believe that it is unacceptable and reprehensible that emergency service workers are exposed to significant WH&S risks as a result of alcohol fuelled violence.

We are united in our support of the 2014 reforms to the NSW Liquor Act which have substantially reduced the incidence of assault in Kings Cross and the Sydney CBD.

The key elements of the Liquor Amendment Act (2014) are:

  • 1.30am lockouts at hotels, registered clubs, nightclubs and karaoke bars in Sydney CBD and Kings Cross,
  • 3.00am cessation of alcohol service in venues in these areas, and
  • A ban on takeaway alcohol sales after 10.00pm across NSW.

However the hotel and liquor industries have commenced a campaign to wind back the laws. They argue that the reforms have turned Sydney into a so-called nanny state and have killed off Sydney night life.

We believe there is no credible evidence to support this assertion. The campaign to wind back the reforms is driven by greed and profit.

The evidence in support of keeping the current laws is: 

  1. The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research found the reforms were associated with an immediate and substantial reduction in assault in Kings Cross (down 32%) and a less immediate but substantial and perhaps ongoing reduction in assault in the Sydney CBD (down 26%). This is associated with a large reduction in police apprehensions for assault and emergency department presentations for alcohol-related serious injury.
  2. There is no evidence to support the claim that the reforms have led to the displacement of violence to areas adjacent to the Kings Cross or Sydney CBD or the Inner West.
  3. There is evidence which show that when trading hours are not reduced the rate of violence increases (Star Casino).

Further, an Australasian College for Emergency Medicine research (the first to investigate the relationship between alcohol-related harm and Australia Day) found that as at 11.00pm on Australia Day this year 15% of patients in 100 emergency departments were there because of alcohol. 

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

“The correspondence be received and Unions NSW commends the Last Drinks Campaign and congratulates ASMOF, HSU, the NSWPA and the NSWNMA for their unity of purpose in advocating for law reform that limits violence, alcohol related injuries as well as WHS risks for emergency service and health workers.

Any attempt to wind back the 2014 changes to the Liquor Act will be opposed by Unions NSW.”

Com. A. Holland seconded the resolution.

CARRIED BY ACCLAMATION

4.  From United Services Union:-  advising this year’s ALP State Conference coincides with the 38th Anniversary of the Hilton Hotel Bombing in Sydney.  This incident is considered Australia’s first act of terrorism.

Two members of the Municipal Employees’ Union (now United Services Union) Alec Carter and William Favell who were City of Sydney garbage collectors, were killed when a bomb planted in a rubbish  bin exploded when the bin was emptied into a garbage truck outside the Hilton Hotel at 1:40am 13th February 1978.  Police Constable Paul Birmistriw who was guarding the entrance to the hotel which was the site of the first Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meeting (CHOGM) was seriously injured in the bomb explosion, later resulting in death.

The USU will be commemorating their passing with a service at the 488 George St entrance to the Hilton Hotel at the memorial plaque in their honour.

This plague reads “To the memory of Alec Carter, Arthur Favell and Paul Burmistriw, two City Council Garbage collectors and a 1st class Police Constable who were killed here as the result of a bomb explosion on 13 February 1978.  Forever in our thoughts, your workmates”.

I will address conference on this matter which will be acknowledged in the Conference Agenda.

We invite you to join us at our short memorial service commencing at 12:45pm Saturday 13 February. 

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

“The correspondence be received and Unions NSW encourages affiliates to support the memorial service on 13th February.”

Com. P. Reid seconded the resolution.

CARRIED BY ACCLAMATION

5. From The Injured Workers Support Network:-  regarding the Injured Workers Support Network strives to ensure a better outcome for injured and ill workers in NSW through both personal support and advocacy.

It is that advocacy that I write to you today.

The industry that surrounds workers compensation throughout Australia is meeting in Sydney on the 23rd for their annual summit.

This is the same industry that has lobbied for a denial of legal representation for injured workers, a decrease around Australia in medical and financial support, looser safety legislation and in particular for our action, the capacity to deny even simple medical procedures for 21 days.

On the 23rd of February at 8:30 am members of the Injured Workers Support Network will be protesting against this blatant abuse outside the Swisshotel as the public servants, doctors, insurers, executives and ministers from throughout Australia enter.

We would ask that Unions NSW assists us to get the message out to Union members about our protest action and that Unions NSW executive endorses the action and encourages the affiliate member unions to become involved.

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

“The correspondence be received and Unions NSW encourages all affiliates to send representatives to attend the protest on the 23 February at 8:30am.”

Com. P. Reid seconded the resolution.

CARRIED

REPORTS:

1.  Returning Officers Report – Unions NSW Quadrennial Elected Officers

The Returning Officer, Com. V. Falconer, reported that in accordance with Rule 24 as at 4:00 pm today, 11th February 2016 the following nominations were received for the following positions:

 

 

 

PRESIDENT one (1) to be elected.  Nominations were received from:

  • Judith Kiejda,  NSWNMA 

As only one (1) nomination was received for the position, I therefore declare Judith Kiejda be elected as President.

VICE PRESIDENTS five (5) to be elected. Nominations were received from: -

  • Russell Collison, AWU
  • Geoffrey Derrick, FSU
  • Graeme Kelly, USU
  • Rita Mallia, CFMEU
  • Patricia Reid - HSU

As only five (5) nominations were received for the positions, I therefore declare Russell Collison, Geoffrey Derrick, Graeme Kelly, Rita Mallia and Patricia Reid elected as Vice Presidents.

TRUSTEES three (3) to be elected. Nominations were received from: -

  • Peter Remfrey, PANSW
  • Paul Reid, USU
  • Genevieve Kelly, NTEU

As only three (3) nominations were received for the positions, I therefore declare Peter Remfrey, Paul Reid and Genevieve Kelly elected as Trustees.

SECRETARY one (1) to be elected. Nominations were received from: -

  • Mark Morey, Unions NSW

As only one (1) nomination was received for the position, I therefore declare 

Mark Morey elected as Secretary.

ASSISTANT SECRETARIES  two (2) to be elected. Nominations were received from: -

  • Emma Maiden, Unions NSW
  • Thomas Costa, Unions NSW

As only two (2) nominations were received for the positions, I therefore declare Emma Maiden and Thomas Costa elected as Assistant Secretaries.

 GENERAL EXECUTIVE MEMBERS three (3) to be elected. Nominations were received from: -

  • Robyn Fortescue, AMWU
  • Mel Gatfield, United Voice
  • lison Rudman, TWU

 As only three (3) nominations were received for the positions, I therefore declare Robyn Fortescue, Mel Gatfield and Alison Rudman elected as General Executive Members.

 ACTU EXECUTIVE MEMBER one (1) to be elected. Nominations were received from: -

  • Mark Morey, Unions NSW

As only one (1) nomination was received for the position, I therefore declare
Mark Morey elected as ACTU Executive Member.

 ACTU ALTERNATE EXECUTIVE MEMBER one (1) to be elected. Nominations were received from: -

  • Emma Maiden, Unions NSW

As only one (1) nomination was received for the position, I therefore declare
Emma Maiden elected as ACTU Alternate Executive Member.

 ACTU CONGRESS DELEGATES two (2) to be elected. Nominations were received from: -

  • Mark Morey, Unions NSW
  • Emma Maiden, Unions NSW

As only two (2) nominations were received for the positions, I therefore declare
Mark Morey and Emma Maiden elected as ACTU Congress Delegates.

 TRADES HALL COMMITTEE five (5) to be elected. Nominations were received from: -

  • Barry Johnson, NSWTF
  • Steve Butler, ETU
  • Geoff Derrick, FSU
  • Tara Moriarty, United Voice L & H Division
  • Russ Collison, AWU

As only five (5) nominations were received for the positions, I therefore declare Barry Johnson, Steve Butler, Geoff Derrick, Russ Collison and Tara Moriarty elected as Trades Hall Committee Members.

 FINANCE & GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE five (5) to be elected. Nominations were received from:

  • John Quessy, IEU
  • Tim Ayres, AMWU
  • Catherine Bolger, Professionals Australia
  • Brett Holmes, NSWNA
  • Barbara Nebart, SDA

As only five (5) nominations were received for the positions, I therefore declare John Quessy, Tim Ayres, Catherine Bolger, Brett Holmes & Barbara Nebart elected as Finance & Governance Committee Members.

 DISPUTES COMMITTEE six (6) to be elected. Nominations were received from:

  • Steve Butler, ETU
  • Rita Mallia, CFMEU
  • Jim Metcher, CEPU
  • Russ Collison, AWU
  • Jo-Ann Davidson, FAAA
  • Natalie Lang, ASU

As only six (6) nominations were received for the positions, I therefore declare Steve Butler, Rita Mallia, Russ Collison, Jim Metcher, Jo-Ann Davidson and Natalie Lang as elected as Dispute Committee Members.

 The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

 “That the report be received and noted”.

 Com. B. Smith seconded.

CARRIED 

2.  Campaign Update

Com. E. Maiden reported on the activities and events of the Build a Better Future campaign. Affiliates were strongly encouraged to turn out their officials and members to the doorknock on 27 February. There are 6 locations around the State. This is a great opportunity to build skills and engage with the campaign.

Other Events coming up:

  • Unions Fair Day – Sunday 21 February @ 10am-8pm, Victoria Park, Camperdown
  • Mardi Gras Parade – Workers Out Float:  Saturday 5th March.

The details of the doorknock are as follows:

NATIONAL DOOR KNOCKING SCHEDULE

Venue

Contact Person

 

Riverwood Community Centre  151 Belmore Rd, Riverwood

Maryanne Stuart   

0406 460 683

 

Tuggerah Community Hall  Anzac Rd, Tuggerah

Salim Barbar 0417 286 482

Aarin Moon 0411 215 430

 

North Nowra Community Centre  7 Hood Cl, Nowra

Lisa Kremmer

0455 557 112

 

Glenbrook Panthers,
Hare St, Glenbrook

Mary Yaager   0408 931 899

Aaron Reynolds  0418 661 706

 

Great North Hotel (Beer Garden) 76 Spring St, Grafton

Sharyn Usher

0478 959 687

 

Concord RSL Club,
Nirranda St, Concord

Alison Rahill
0414 316 839

 

 The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

 “That the report be received and noted”.

 Com. M. Kirin seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1. Community Rally – Stop the Cuts to Medicare

Against the Liberal Government’s cuts to Medicare ‘Keep Vital Testing Free’

Saturday 20 February 1pm,  Sydney Town Hall 

 

2.  Rally for Justice  - Tuesday 23rd February @ 8:30am 

At the 2016 Workers’ Compensation Summit

68 Market St, Sydney ( Outside the Swissotel)

Spread the word Injured Workers Demand Justice 

 

3.  Central Coast Local Network Special Meeting

Mon 29th February at 11am  Coast Shelter 346, Mann St, North Gosford

Speaker:  Clayton Barr, Shadow Minister for Workers Compensation

 

Newcastle Workers Compensation Forum

Information night for Injured Workers and their Families

Wednesday 2nd March 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Newcastle Trades Hall,  408 King St, Newcastle West

 

4. International Women’s Day  Solidarity Lunch

Hosted by Unions NSW and APHEDA

Tuesday 8th March, 12.30pm,  TWU, 31 Cowper Street, Parramatta

 

5. The International Women's Day March 2016

Sat 12th March 11:30 am   ‘Stop violence against Women'

Assemble 11:30am at Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park North

 

6.  Health and Safety Training 2016

Health and Safety Representatives have the capacity to choose their own training provider for health and safety training under the WHS Act.

 TWU, Hosta (AMWU), FSU, USU, IEU, CPSU and Unions NSW all undertake training of workers in accredited health and safety representative and Entry Permit Holder courses under the health and safety laws. Health & Safety Training Course dates are listed below:

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY TRAINING COURSES 2016

Course

Dates

Location

WorkCover   5 Day Health and Safety Representative (HSR) Training

 

 

HSR        3/4/5 Feb 25/26 Feb

HSR        2,3,4 March 16/17 March

HSR        6/7/8 April  28/29 April

HSR        4/5/6 May 26/27 May

HSR        8/9/10 June and 29/30 June

HSR        4-8 July and 18-22July ++ (Evenings)

HSR        3/4/5 Aug and 25/26 Aug

HSR        7/8/9 Sep and 39/30 Sep

HSR        5/6/7 Oct and 20/21 Oct

HSR        2/3/4 Nov and 24/25 Nov

HSR        12-16 December

Sydney CBD                     

Parramatta

Sydney CBD

Sydney CBD

Parramatta

Sydney CBD   

Parramatta

Newcastle

Sydney CBD

Wollongong

Sydney CBD

1 day HSR refresher

Refresher HSR      18 March

Refresher HSR      26 October

Sydney CBD

Sydney CBD

Entry Permit Holder (WHS Right of Entry)     

1 day

EPH        20 May

EPH        12 Aug

WPH      2 December

Parramatta

Sydney CBD

Sydney CBD

Safety Conference (free)

Safety and Injured Workers Conference 

27-28 October

Sydney CBD

7.  Unions NSW  Annual General Meeting 2016 – Next week

Thursday 18th February 2016  - 5:30pm – 6.30pm Trades Hall, Auditorium

Drinks & finger food will be served in the Atrium following the AGM

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:05 PM

 

 

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