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

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

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.


The Secretary, Com M. Morey moved:-

That the minutes from the meeting of 22 March 2018 as circulated be received.”

Com A. Claassens (RTBU) seconded.


The Secretary, Com M. Morey moved:-

That the minutes from the meeting of 22 March 2018 as circulated be adopted.”

Com B. Holmes (NSWNMA) seconded.



From the NSW Teachers Federation: Elected to represent the Federation at any meeting until October 2018: Lenore Hankinson, Joan Lemaire and Brian Webb.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

That the credential/s be received and delegate/s welcomed".

 Com. B. Holmes (NSWNMA) seconded.                                                                                                                      


APOLOGIES: Apologies were received and accepted for; T. Maher (CFMEU Mining & Energy), B. Smith (SDA), P. Reid (USU), A. Whelan (NSWNMA), R. Mallia (CFMEU; C&GD), R. Fortescue (AMWU).

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:  

“That the apologies be received and accepted.”

Com. A. Claassens (RTBU) seconded.



1. From: MEAA, UV and UV LHD regarding: Save the Basement Campaign and it reads:

“We write to you regarding the crisis being experienced currently by Sydney’s live music scene, caused mainly by the closure of a number of venues across Sydney.

This is having a major impact on our ability in New South Wales for musicians and hospitality workers to stay in a job and for Sydneysiders to enjoy live music and culture.

The current venue crisis is of major concern. We are engaging with the Legislative Council inquiry into the NSW music industry – to keep venues open, keep musicians in jobs and to ensure working people are able to enjoy music and culture with their friends and family in their leisure time.

We would like to ask for Unions NSW support for our campaign to save The Basement as a live music venue in Sydney and to place on the record your serious concern about the impact it’s closure will have for members in both the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, and for Liquor and Hospitality workers covered by United Voice NSW.”

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

“That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW notes the recent closure of The Basement jazz club in Sydney.

The Basement has hosted music greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Vince Jones, Herbie Hancock, Kate Ceberano, lan Moss and Jimmy Barnes, Prince, De La Soul, Ben Harper and many others. 

The Basement has been a key employer of both musicians and hospitality workers and members of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance and United Voice NSW.

Unions NSW supports the campaign to Save The Basement in solidarity with the workers covered by both MEAA and United Voice NSW as well as the current owners of the property, AMP Capital to consider all options to keep the current space operating as a music venue.”

Com. A. Claassens (RTBU) seconded.



1. Seasonal Workers Program

Service of Lament & Assembly with Pacific Community

This Saturday 14 April at 2:30pm for 3pm-5pm (Updated time).

Craig Laundy MP and Tongan Employment Relations Minister Confirmed.

 300+ expected.

Unions are encouraged to send a representative to share a short word of solidarity. Email dbarrow@sydneyalliance.org.au

2. Safety and Workers Compensation Conference 2018

Unions NSW will be holding its Safety and Workers Compensation Conference 2018 on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 April 2018 in the Trades Hall Auditorium, Lower Ground Floor, Trades Hall (entry via 377 Sussex Street) Sydney.

The conference is for health & safety representatives, WHS committee members, delegates, WC/WHS Industrial Officers & Union Organisers.

Thursday 26 April 2018 will focus on Workers Compensation and Friday 27 April will focus on Safety.

For further information, please contact Rose Docwra at Unions NSW.

3. International Day of Mourning Service 2018 held for families and friends who have lost loved ones as a result of workplace incidents or occupational illness at work.

Sydney:             Saturday 28 April, 11:45am for 12:00 Noon
                         at Reflection Park, Darling Harbour

Central Coast:  Saturday 28 April,  11:45am for 12noon Ourimbah Wall of Remembrance, Chittaway Rd, Ourimbah

4. May Day

This May Day workers will rally together to say It’s Time to Change the Rules It’s time to stand up and fight back.

Sunday 6 May @ 11am • Hyde Park North 

It’s time to restore power to the people, join the movement to Change the Rules: Text Rights to 0488 838 805

5.  Mothers Day Classic

Last year we raised: $12,445.31 

Help us raise even more this year. 

WHERE: The Domain, Art Gallery Road, Sydney
WHEN: Sunday 13 May 2018

DISTANCES: 4km walk, 4km run, 7km walk, 8km run THE COURSE 

Join the Unions NSW team – run or walk – http://www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/register/  

Donate to the Unions NSW team - https://mothersdayclassic18.everydayhero.com/au/unions-nsw



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