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

PRESENT:  T.Costa and E. Maiden (Assistant Secretaries).

The President, Com. J. Kiejda opened the meeting and in doing so recognised the traditional custodians of the land on which the meeting was held, The Gadigal People of the Eora Nation.


The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:-

That the minutes from the meeting of 10 May 2018 as circulated be received.”

Com. S. Davis (NSWNMA) seconded.


The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:-

That the minutes of the meeting of 10 May 2018 as amended  be adopted.”

Com. T. Hoffman (NSWNMA) seconded.


APOLOGIES: Apologies were received and accepted for; M. Morey (Secretary), R. Fortescue (AMWU), P. Reid (USU), J. Wright (ASU), J. Quessy (IEU), M. Whaites (NSWNMA), J. Dixon (NSWTF).

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:

 “That the apologies be received and accepted.” 

Com. A. Claassens (RTBU) seconded.


CREDENTIALS: The Independent Education Union (IEU) Mark Northam in place of John Quessy for tonight’s meeting.

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:

 “That the apologies be received and accepted.”

 Com. A. Claassens (RTBU) seconded.


Com. B. Holmes (NSWNMA) asked if the Acting Secretary was aware of the Liberal /National Bill to reduce the ability of unions to raise funds and spending on election campaigns. The Acting Secretary replied that she was aware and that Unions NSW will oppose any attempts to limit the ability for unions to campaign during elections, that it was an essential part of political free speech and that they would take the matter all the way to the High Court again if necessary.

1. From: The Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) re: Vale Claire Haigh. I am sad to inform you of the passing of Claire Haigh former delegate to Unions NSW.

We at the SDA will all deeply miss Claire, a wonderful unionist, ALP campaigner, but most importantly a wonderful friend.

Claire was an outstanding and lifelong unionist who made an outstanding contribution to the SDA as a member, a workplace Delegate at Nock & Kirby’s, a NSW Branch Councillor and a National Councillor of the SDA. From the shop floor Claire went on to serve retail workers as an SDA Organiser and as the SDA NSW Branch Women’s Officer, Claire also represented the SDA at an international level at an international union women’s conference. For her dedication and service Claire was awarded life membership of the SDA in 1995. Claire also campaigned tirelessly for the ALP for over 40 years.

I first met Claire when I as a young SDA Organiser was paired up with the more knowledgeable Claire to go doorknocking on behalf of the local candidate Brian Langton. In tandem with her great friend Wilma Hickey, Claire worked on State and Federal election campaigns including tireless work for Tony Burke, Deb O’Neill and Keven Greene. Claire was recognised for her service to the ALP in 2004 with a McKell Award and in 2014 with ALP life membership. In 2014 Claire was also presented with a plaque of recognition from the SDA, Unions NSW and the ALP.

In the union song “Solidarity Forever” the key line is “The Union makes us strong”. With Claire it is true to say that she made the Union strong!

Vale Claire Haigh unionist, activist and dearly missed friend.

Com. B. Smith spoke and saidClaire was a wonderful lady and would be sorely missed. She was dedicated to our movement and work tirelessly for her union, even after retirement”.

Unions NSW adjoined for a minute of silence in honour of Claire Haigh.

The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved: 

“That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW is saddened to hear the passing of our great comrade, Claire Haigh.

Unions NSW asks the SDA to pass on to Claire’s family and friends our appreciation for her dedication to the union movement and our condolences on their loss.”

Com. B. Smith (SDA) seconded.


2.  From: The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union re: 2018 Mother’s Day Classic. Congratulations to the Unions NSW team for raising over $11 750 for the 2018 Mother’s Day classic. The money raised will go towards finding a cure for breast cancer.

Thanks for all the Unions and family members that participated despite the cold and the rain.  It is not too late for other unions to be a part of the effort and donations can still be made via the following link: 


The Acting Secretary, Com. E. Maiden moved:

“That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW congratulates all who participated on Sunday and those unions that have donated so far.

Donations close on 30 June 2018 and all donations go to Breast Cancer research.”

Com. R. Mallia (CFMEU) seconded.



1. Union Lawyers & Industrial Officers Organisation (ULIO) CPD Seminar Series  

ULIO is pleased to announce a CPD seminar exploring the recent FWC full bench decision of Saied Khayam v Navitas English Pty Ltd [2017] FWCFB 5162.

Unfair Dismissals and Fixed Terms Contracts

Details of the seminar are as follows:


Friday, 1 June 2018, Executive Boardroom,

Level 3, Unions NSW 

If you would like to attend this free event please RSVP on the following link for catering purposes https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/union-lawyers-industrial-officers-organisation-ulio-cpd-seminar-series-tickets-45882892968

2. Parramatta Makarrata
Reconciliation for Western Sydney (R4WS) has invited Unions NSW to an evening based on the Makarrata Process on 6 June 2018.

The event is being held in cooperation with City of Parramatta Council and their Aboriginal Capacity Building Team.
Events details are:

Exploring a Process Toward Healing our Nation
Wednesday 6th June, 7:30-9:30pm (Networking and refreshments begin at 6:30pm)
Reg Byrne Community Centre,  Wentworthville
To register click on Parramatta Makarrata Event.

The event is a conversational workshop, guided by Carol Vale, to explore and deepen understanding of the Statement from the Heart created at Uluru last year and the suggested process of truth telling about the history of what actually happened to First Nations People and what can be done to bring about change for the benefit of all.
The event is happening just after Reconciliation Week and continuing its theme for this year "Don't Keep History a Mystery". Please register on Eventbrite at Parramatta Makarrata Event 
PS. The next meeting of the First Peoples Network is on Monday 25 June 2018 (2-4pm) with the Interim Executive meeting with the Unions NSW Executive on Thursday 31 May 2018 (Executive starts at 4.30pm).

3.  Invitation to Blue Mountains and Lithgow Unionists to join CRUMA's visit to Lithgow

Wednesday 13 June, Lithgow Workers Club 3.30-5pm 

CRUMA (Combined Retired Union Members Association) warmly invites all unionists to join them for light refreshments at the Lithgow Workers Club on Wednesday 13 June 3.30-5pm following their tour of Lithgow tourist highlights and the Gardens of Stone. 

Bookings required for catering numbers:  Contact John Koch 0450 276 036 Email: cleliakoch@bigpond.com



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