UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES -  MEETING HELD THURSDAY, 19 APRIL 2018
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM

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

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.

The Secretary, Com M. Morey moved:-

That the minutes from the meeting of 12 April 2018 as circulated be received.”

Com A. Claassens (RTBU) seconded.

CARRIED

 The Secretary, Com M. Morey moved:-

That the minutes from the meeting of 12 April 2018 as circulated be adopted.”

Com P. Reid (USU) seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES: Apologies were received and accepted for; G. Kelly (USU), M. Kearin (NSWNMA), D. McKinley (ETU),

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:  

“That the apologies be received and accepted.”

Com. P. Noack (AWU) seconded.

CARRIED

GUEST SPEAKER:

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey introduced Jarred Sferruzzi, Organiser, Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA who spoke about APHEDA’s current and ongoing programs.

He also announced the Annual raffle. It’s the biggest fundraising event of the year outside membership. Lots of big prizes with raffle closing 18 May 2018 and the draw will be held at council on 31 May.

REPORTS:

1. Ratios for Aged Care Campaign, NSW Nurses and Midwives Association.

Com. B. Holmes (NSWNMA) reported on today’s Health Services and United Voice Unions’ public rally regarding aged care.

The NSW Nurses and Midwives Association’s public launch is on International Nurse’ Day on Saturday 12 May at Parramatta Park. Please attend and show your support.

Ratios for Aged Care Campaign launch taking place on International Nurses Day, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Saturday 12 May at the Bowling Green, Parramatta Park, (Cnr Pitt and Macquarie Streets).

Shuttle buses will be available from/to Katoomba, Wollongong, Gosford and Parramatta Train Stns.

The Aged Care system is in crisis.

Research shows on average residential aged care getting two hours and fifty minutes where the need should be four hours and 18 minutes. With proper skill mix.  Governments dodge this issue.

Yesterday and today Aged Care Minister said a fix by centering three watchdogs. That won’t fix aged care. Doesn’t deliver one extra hour of care to residents.

Government fiddling at the edges.

We welcome all support for the campaign, Need ratios for aged care.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

That the report be received and adopted.”

Com. B. Holmes (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

2. May Day, 1st May “Join Your Union Day”

Com. M. Buttigieg (ETU) reported that in the lead up to the May Day march, trade unions will focus on growth on May Day 1st May.  Various sites will have recruitment drive.

Various Trade Unions put measures in place; the ETU, NSWTF and the ASU are doing various TAFES. Other activities at Martin Place, PSA, HSU, FSU and USU. Along with Trade Unions Parramatta and Ingleburn.

If you want to get involved, please contact Com M. Yaager at Unions NSW or Com. M. Buttigieg at the ETU.

Com. Yaager will circulate list of activists training to unions and will be leafletting industrial estates next Thursday.

Com. M. Buttegieg thanked the May Day Committee and Com Yaager.

Opportunities to learn and focus on growth.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

That the report be received and noted.”

Com. M. Buttegieg (ETU) seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1. Safety & 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.

2. 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

3. ASBESTOS, Not here, Not Anywhere Indonesian Activist Speaking Tour with activists; Subono, General Secretary, SERBUK and Indonesian Union with coverage of Asbestos factory workers and Darisman, Organiser, L.I.O.N. (Indonesia Local Initiative for Occupational Safety and Health Network).

Sydney Venue: Friday 4th May 2018 at 6:00pm in the MUA Building, 365 – 375 Sussex Street, Sydney

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


6. Let’s talk about West Papua
Thursday 17 May 2018 @ 5:30pm

Carslaw Centre (Building F07), Lecture Theatre 175.

Sydney University, Darlington Enter via City Road and proceed along Eastern Ave.

Presented by Pasifika and Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Brisbane. Enquiries: Joe on 0407 785 797

 

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:00 PM

 

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