UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - MEETING HELD THURSDAY, 3 May 2018
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM.

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

PRESENT:  M.Morey (Secretary), T. Costa and Emma Maiden (Assistant Secretaries).

OPENING OF THE MEETING: 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.

MINUTES:

The Secretary, Com M. Morey moved:-

That the minutes from the meeting of 26 April 2018 as circulated be received.”

Com M. Kearin (NSWNSWMA) seconded.

CARRIED

 The Secretary, Com M. Morey moved:-

That the minutes from the meeting of 26 April 2018 as amended be adopted.”

Com P. Byrne (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES: Apologies were received and accepted for; S. Murphy (CEPU), G. Kelly (USU), R. Tonkli (SDA), M. Whaites (NSWNMA), D. Guthrie (NSWNMA), A. Holland (ASMOF), P. Reid (USU), J. Lemaire (NSWTF).

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

 “That the apologies be received and accepted.”

 Com. B. Smith (SDA) seconded.

CARRIED


CREDENTIALS:

From: The IEU appointing Com. M. Jervis 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. A. Rudman (RTBU) seconded.                                      
                                                                                                                                                                                                CARRIED

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE:

Com B. Holmes (NSWMA) asked if the Secretary, Com. M. Morey was aware of the tax justice network’s report to the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association regarding Aged Care funding. Australian taxpayers contribute 70% of the funding to Aged Care and six large providers received $2.17 billion in subsidies (72% of total revenue).

BUPA made $623 million in 2017 with 70% from the Federal Government. This is second to OPAL who paid only $2.4 million tax on $527 million in income.  They only declared $7 million in income.

Is the Secretary aware of such terrible performances by Aged Care providers where they take government funding and pay little tax and use structures to minimize their tax liabilities?

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey thanked the delegate for the question and replied and said he is aware of the report. On the back of McKell’s report regarding the future of healthcare, the report shows companies exploiting the misery of aging people, charging a lot but not providing appropriate care. Many visa workers are being exploited in sub-optimal conditions. The providers are parasites on a system that is broken. The rules are broken. It’s time for a Royal Commission into Aged Care.

EXECUTIVE CORRESPONDENCE:

1. From: The Australian Workers' Union National Office re: Jobs for Women – we still need your help.  Support for Jobs For Women GoFundMe Fundraiser  

As you may be aware, The Australian Workers’ Union is supporting the Jobs for Women Film Group in fund raising for the production of film celebrating their amazing campaign.

Imagine not being able to get a job just because you are a woman. This campaign was a momentous occasion in the history of the trade union movement and in our Australian Workers’ Union history. It is a story that must be told – but we need your support to get the movie made.  

At our fundraising event in Wollongong, we raised over $12,000. On the night we also launched our online GoFundMe page that allows those who couldn’t be there to donate directly. 

Since then, we are only part of the way towards the fundraising goal of $20,000. All funds raised will go to the production of a documentary that explores the heroic and prolonged struggle for the right for women to work at BHP’s Port Kembla steelworks in the years 1980 to 1994. 

The struggles and ultimately victory of women involved in the campaign in the years 1980-1994 plays a paramount role in our workplaces today. This campaign ensured that women are treated equally and without discrimination when seeking employment in male dominated industries and trades. The production of this documentary would play a vital role in re-telling the story for future generations to come.

We need your help promoting it. We need your help in reaching our fund-raising goal of $20,000. All we need you to do is  promote the Jobs for Women Film and the GoFundMe throughout your networks, social media and mailing lists. 
We would sincerely appreciate any marketing or financial contributions you may be able to help us with.  

A secure donation can be made on https://www.gofundme.com/jobs-for-women-film-fundraiser

I ask that this matter be tabled for discussion at the next meeting of NSW Union affiliates. I would appreciate your help in generating support for this important project. 

Should you have any further queries regarding this campaign, please do not hesitate to contact Prakriti Goundar directly on 0405 342 873 or prakriti.goundar@nat.awu.net.au

Together we can see history brought to life on the big screen!

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

“That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW  congratulates everyone involved.

 Unions NSW will work with unions to organise an opportunity to debrief and discuss future recruitment blitzes.

Com. B. Smith (SDA) seconded.

CARRIED

REPORTS:

1.National Union of Workers NSW Branch

A report has been prepared by KPMG on governance policies and financial control of the National Union of Workers NSW (NUW).

Com. M Morey advised that Unions NSW had engaged KPMG to provide an independent view on how the current policies and processes at the NUW compared with best practice for union governance and financial control following the decision by Unions NSW to suspend the NUW’s affiliation in 3 December 2015.

The KPMG report commented on whether the current NUW policies and processes addresses the specific recommendations contained in:

  • Independent Panel on Best Practice for Union Governance Report to ACTU Executive, March 2013;
  • the interim reports, dated 20 July 2016 and 4 February 2017 and the final report, dated 4 December 2017, conducted by Governance Auditor, the Hon. Alan Bolton AO; and
  • the specific recommendations relevant to the NUW contained in the Trade Union Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, dated December 2015.

As part of its investigation, staff of KPMG held discussions with the Secretary and Assistant Secretary of the NUW.

KPMG reported that based on their review of NUW documents and discussions with the personnel noted above, it is evident that the NUW has taken significant steps to develop and implement an appropriate governance and financial control framework.  These steps, once fully implemented, appear to address the issues raised in the Royal Commission Report and are in line with the recommended “better practice” for union governance and financial control in the ACTU report and the Bolton Reports.

The report states however, as most of the new policies and procedures have only been developed and are in various stages of implementation, it is too early to assess if the new governance framework is effective in practice.

The KPMG report was tabled at the Finance and Governance Committee meeting on 27 April 2018 which, in their view, indicated the NUW NSW Branch now had in place appropriate governance and financial controls.  Accordingly, the Finance Committee recommendation supported the lifting of the suspension of the NUW NSW Branch as of 3 May 2018 and to review the governance in 12 months’ time. 

The Secretary Com. M. Morey moved the report be received and adopted including the Executive recommendation as follows:-

“Having heard the report of the Secretary on the inquiries into the NUW NSW Branch governance practices and noting in particular:

A. Details of the review by KPMG dated 13 April into the governance policies and procedures of the NUW NSW branch; and 

B. The resolution of the Finance and Governance Committee at its meeting on 27 April 2018, supporting the NUW’s NSW branch readmission.

 Executive hereby resolves to lift the suspension of the affiliation of the NUW NSW Branch effective from 3 May 2018.

 Executive resolves that in accordance with past practices and the established framework, a review of the NUW NSW Branch’ will be undertaken in 12 months’ time.”

Com. A. Claassens (RTBU) seconded.

CARRIED

2. Establish TAFE Campaign Committee

Com. S. Little (PSA) spoke to the report and said he was glad to be addressing the assembly with the Teachers Federation. TAFE is an organisation in crisis. Its reduced from ten regions to five regions. 2,500 jobs are impacted by current restructure. 6,000 overall. 27 campuses for sale, many in regional areas where youth unemployment is so high.

It’s a disgrace that successive policies have decimated TAFE. The State Opposition need a very clear policy to save TAFE.

Com. M. Sharkey (NSWTF) spoke to the report and said that TAFE is a working class issue. It’s also trade union business. Trade unions are full of people who got their start in TAFE. The Coalition has ripped the guts out of TAFE. TAFE call the students, customers.

TAFE is more expensive than university. It costs $10,000 to be a hairdresser! Prue Car has been a champion of TAFE but she needs the support of the whole trade union movement. We need solid commitments from Labor. If Labor doesn’t win, TAFE will be killed.

The Secretary Com. M. Morey moved:

That the report be received and adopted and that the PSA CPSU NSW/Teachers’ Federation seek Unions NSW endorsement for the formation of a combined unions TAFE committee whose purpose is to coordinate a targeted industrial and political campaign based on the successful Keep our Hospitals Public Campaign and establish the desired policy that should be applied by the NSW Labor Opposition in the lead up to the 2019 State election.

Com. S. Little (PSA) seconded.

CARRIED

3. International Day of Mourning

Com. M. Yaager spoke and said this was the 22nd year that Sydney has held this service, 12th for the Central Coast. Services were also held in the Hunter and Blacktown.

This service is one of Unions NSW most significant dates. It occurred just says after an MUA member was seriously injured. She is hoped to make a recovery. Unions NSW sends her good thoughts and prayers. Thank you to all the trade unions who attended the event.

Com. M. Morey also thanked everyone for attending, especially on a rainy Saturday. The families consider the event a very important part of their grief. They get to meet other families and their pain is acknowledged. It’s an important thing we can do.

The Secretary Com. M. Morey moved:

“That the report be received and noted”.

Com. V. Seagrove (AMWU) seconded.

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1. 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

2. 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

3. OUR Walmart: Online to Offline Organising Forum
Unions NSW and United Voice are inviting union officials and officers to hear how workers in the US are using online tools and strategies to organise, and win, against the biggest private sector employer on the planet. The forum will also here how some of the tools developed for Our Walmart are being trialled closer to home by United Voice.

Unions NSW and United Voice are hosting a forum with the Co-Director of OUR Walmart, Dan Schlademan and Mel Gatfield, Secretary, NSW Branch of United Voice.
Thursday 10th of May, 4-5pm
Location: Unions NSW, Training Room 1 & 2 •Trades Hall, 10 Goulburn Street, Sydney, Australia 2000Host Contact Info: madeleine@reveille.org.au

4. 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.

5. Mothers Day Classic

$5668 is what we have raised so far
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

7. Unions in July Program Monday, 2 July – Friday, 13 July 2018
Unions NSW invites your union to participate in Unions NSW 2018 Unions in July program, an extension of the Union Summer program. 

The 2018 Unions in July program will run from Monday, 2 – Friday, 13 July 2018 with training days hosted by Unions NSW at the commencement of the program followed by a half-day debrief and certificate ceremony on the last day of the program.   

If you have any questions or your union is interested in participating please contact Unions NSW Campaign Assistant and Unions in July Co-ordinator, Katie Summers either by phone: 0414 316 839 or via email: ksummers@unionsnsw.org.au

 

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:30 PM

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