The Acting President, Com. P. Noack occupied the Chair.

PRESENT:  Morey (Secretary), T. Costa (Assistant Secretary).

OPENING OF THE MEETING: The Acting President, Com. P. Noack 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 Secretary, Com M. Morey moved:-

That the minutes from the meeting of 19 April 2018 as circulated be received.”

Com A. Rudman (RTBU) seconded.


The Secretary, Com M. Morey moved:- 

That the minutes from the meeting of 19 April 2018 as circulated be adopted.”

Com J. Buhler (AWU) seconded.


APOLOGIES: Apologies were received and accepted for; J. Kiejda (NSWNMA), J. Quessy (IEU), E. Maiden (UNSW), A. Claassens (RTBU), G. Kelly (USU) and V. Falconer (AWU).

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

 "That the apologies be received and accepted.”

 Com. B. Smith (SDA) seconded.



From: The IEU appointing Com. M. Northam in place of Com. J. Quessy at tonight’s Executive meeting.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

That the credential be received and delegate welcomed.”

Com. B. Holmes (NSWNMA) seconded.   



1. From: Rail, Tram and Bus Union:- regarding Join Your Union Day Event and Training Session

I write to congratulate you and the team at Unions NSW for the Join Your Union Day initiative for May Day.

Across the country, union members have said it is time to change the rules. In order to do that we need to build power and a key element in building power is to grow our unions – we cannot get stronger and get smaller.  This will require us to experiment and try new things to achieve this goal and I’m proud that NSW is leading the way on this, by planning a day dedicated to union recruitment and by making sure our organisers have the skills to grow our unions on that day and beyond.

The work that has been done by Unions NSW, the May Day Committee and the ACTU to make Join Your Union Day a success is a credit to everyone involved. Our organisers returned from the combined Unions NSW and ACTU Organising Centre preparation and training day inspired and committed to making the Join Your Union Day a huge success.  Particular thanks to Mary Yaager from Unions NSW and Alice Salomon from the ACTU for their hard work on that preparatory event.

I look forward to hearing the results of Join Your Union Day.

2. From
The United Services Union (USU):-regarding Join Your Union.

The United Services Union (USU) congratulates Unions NSW for conducting the “Join Your Union” training day this week on Tuesday, 24 April 2018. We believe that Unions must have the ability to engage with workers not always previously exposed to Trade Unions and perhaps ignorant of the good that Unions have done over decades. The training delivered by Alice Salomon and Mary Yaager focusing on techniques to hold short conversations with just a few “asks” was found to be useful by our officials and we imagine other Unions.

With “Join Your Union Day” to be held on Tuesday, 1 May 2018 the USU recognises the challenges we and other Unions working with us at our target site of Martin Place will face on the day. This exercise is part of the Union movements “Change the Rules” campaign which may play a significant part of defeating the dysfunctional, mean-spirted Turnbull government.

We look forward of hearing reports on outcomes and successes from all Unions that participate in this exercise at the various other sites around Sydney at next week’s Council meeting.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

“That the correspondences be received and Unions NSW congratulates the work of the May Day Committee and encourages all unions to be involved in Join Your Union Day on May 1”. 

Com. P. Reid (USU) seconded.



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

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey reported on the Join Your Union First of May 2018 with a schedule of planned events and their locations.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

That the report be received and noted.”

Com. P. Reid (USU) seconded.



1. May Day Toast 2018

Will be held on the 1st May at 6:00pm at the NSW Teachers Federation Heritage Room, 23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills


Mark Morey, Sally McManus and John Dixon

The event will include the unfurling of Federation’s Centenary Banner and the launch of the Tolpuddle Martyres Exhibition by the Marx, Memorial Library, United Kingdom.

2. 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

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 f Remembrance, Chittaway Rd, Ourimbah

4. 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

5. 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

6. International Nurses Day – Ratios for Aged Care Campaign Launch

Ratios for Aged Care Campaign lunch 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 stations.

7. 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

8. 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



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