UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - MEETING HELD THURSDAY 7 JUNE 2018
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM.

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

PRESENT:   MMorey (Secretary) and K. Minter (Research Director).

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 24 May 2018 as circulated be received.”

Com. R. Tonkli (SDA) seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

That the minutes of the meeting of 24 May 2018 be adopted.”

Com. A. Rudman (RTBU) seconded.

CARRIED

CREDENTIALS:
From: The Independent Education Union appointing M. Northam (IEU) in place of J. Quessy (IEU).

APOLOGIES: Apologies were received and accepted for: T. Costa, E. Maiden (Assistant Secretaries), P. Reid (USU), G. Brock (Professionals Australia), R. Reilly (FSU), R. Mallia (CFMEU), J. Dixon (NSWTF), J. Quessy (IEU), D. McKinley (ETU), B. Holmes (NSWNMA), B. Smith (SDA), G. Kelly (USU).

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

"That the apologies be received and accepted.”

Com. N. Rich (USU) seconded.

CARRIED

GUEST SPEAKER:

Dr Pat Ranald, Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET)

Re: TPP-11 Protest, June 15, 12.30pm, Farrar Place, Sydney

Following the withdrawal of the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a rebranded TPP-11 without the US has emerged but it is still a bad deal for workers, with increased rights for corporations and no enforceable protections for workers’ rights. The TPP is an attack on health rights and allows corporations to sue government. There are also serious concerns for essential services, as the TPP preferences and encourages privatisation.

The TPP 11 is under review by the government-dominated joint committee, but we have also succeeded in getting a Senate Inquiry and are campaigning for the majority in the Senate to block the implementing legislation.

AFTINET are holding a protest outside the joint committee hearing on Friday, June 15 at 12:30 PM.

EXECUTIVE CORRESPONDENCE:

1. From: Aiden Nye re: The Funeral & Allied Industries Union Of New South Wales Branch and reads:-

As you are aware our Union has tied the knot, with the A.W.U and I think only goodwill will come out of this arrangement. It is only proper that we place on record our gratitude to Unions NSW for all the wonderful support Unions have given not only our Union, and the community at large at a very sensitive time in their lives when they lose a loved one.

Together with the Union NSW pressure applied to the State Government, the Funeral industry Regulations where introduced which controls Health, Safety and Care of workers in the industry. N.S.W. is the only stale to have such regulations. Unions NSW also chaired the Funeral Industry Council which comprised representatives from various Government Departments such as Health, Work Cover, Fair Trade, Community groups and organisations such as the combined pensioners. This council through a collective effort introduced a basic funeral concept into the funeral industry for people with limited means.

A big thank you to Unions NSW, not only for the support over the years but also all the times they got our Union out of strife.

Wishing you and the Trade Union movement continued success.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

 That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW acknowledges the important work of the Funeral and Allied Industry Union of NSW in advocating for their members and industry.

 Unions NSW looks forward to continuing to work with the industry through the AWU.

 Aiden Nye should be congratulated for his work by the Federal and Allied Industry Union.”

Com. I. Knight (ETU) seconded.

CARRIED
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1. Protest to Stop Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP-11)

 AFTINET has organised a protest commencing at 12:30pm on Friday, 15 June 2018 at Farrar Place, Sydney (opposite corner Bent & Bligh Streets, City) to coincide with hearings being held by the joint parliamentary committee. I have attached a flyer for distribution to your membership.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership was a trade deal originally involving Australia, US and 10 other Pacific Rim countries (TPP-12). It reduced our democratic rights while increasing the rights of global corporations. After 6 years of community campaigning, the withdrawal of the US in 2017 killed off the original TPP-12. 

A rebranded TPP-11 without the US has emerged but it is still a bad deal. Some clauses have been suspended but could be reinstated if the US re-joins the deal. The TPP-11 still increases corporate rights at the expense of people’s rights. It still includes:

  • special rights for foreign investors to bypass national courts and sue governments in unfair international tribunals over health, environmental and industrial laws;
  • restrictions on government regulation of essential services, and facilitates privatisation;
  • more vulnerable temporary workers without first testing if local workers are available.

Should you have any questions please contact Pat Ranald at AFTINET on (02) 9699 3686.

2. Change The Rules – Central Coast Organisers Special Briefing

A kind reminder to Affiliates that Unions NSW will be hosting a special high-level briefing for Central Coast organisers who have responsibility for workers and worksites in the Federal marginal seat of Robertson.

Attendees are required to register their attendance here by no later than Tuesday 12th June by clicking on the link below and entering in the password provided below. 

DATE:     Tuesday 19 June 2018

TIME:      8:30am for a 9:00am start – 4:00pm

WHERE:  The Clan Terrigal

RSVP: Essential, click here:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/change-the-rules-central-coast-organisers-planning-day-2018-tickets-46275572483

Password to RSVP: cc2018theclan

We are seeking to have a minimum of at least one representative from each affiliate to attend with key information that will be required to develop the CTR - Federal Election Campaign Plan for Robertson.

If representatives attending could have the following information and researched with them it will assist in streamlining the planning:

Number of members/activists/delegates your union has living/working in Robertson [A list of the relevant postcodes for Robertson is attached];

List of training and events your union will be conducting in Robertson in coming months; and

An understanding of what additional resources your union may be able to make available for the Robertson campaign.

The draft Agenda will cover: 

  • Developing a calendar of events in the lead up to the Federal election;
  • Developing details for a Campaign Launch in Robertson;
  • Organising a process for engaging union activists for the campaign;
  • Finalsing a communication strategy which includes a “quick response” capability; and
  • Meeting the ALP Candidate and Campaign Director for Robertson.

To assist with preparations a list of suburbs and postcodes that identify Robertson have been attached and also to the census data collected on the seat from 2016:

http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2016/quickstat/CED140?opendocument

3. Unions ACT Change the Rules Rally Parliament House Canberra

Unions ACT are holding a rally at Parliament House Lawns in Canberra from 12:00pm - 1:00pm on Tuesday 19 June 2018 for the Change the Rules campaign and is being supported by both Federal and affiliated unions in the ACT.

Unions NSW is encouraging affiliates who may be in Canberra that week, it's a sitting week, to attend and to pass on an invitation to other interested parties.

Further details for the rally can be found at:

https://www.weareunioncbr.org.au/rally-to-change-the-rules/

Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Alex White, Secretary, ACT Unions, at (02) 6225 8116

4. Change The Rules – Banks and Reid Campaign Planning Meeting

Affiliates are advised Unions NSW are arranging a campaign planning session for all campaigners, communications officers and organisers who have responsibility for workers and worksites in the Federal marginal seat of Banks and Reid.

Date:    Tuesday 3rd July 2018

Time:   10.30am

Where:  Unions NSW Training Room One

It would be greatly appreciated if you could send a minimum of at least one representative from your union to attend.

To maximise the effectiveness of the planning day for the electorates of Reid and Banks it would assist if representatives attending could have the following information and researched with them:

  1. Identify any activists who are willing to be involved in the campaign.
  2. List of possible events and meeting opportunities (especially with delegates).
  3. An understanding of what additional resources your union may be able to make available for these campaigns.

The draft agenda will cover:

  • Developing a calendar of events in the lead up to the Federal election;
  • What the mapping tells us about Reid and Banks
  • Developing details for a Campaign Launch for a combined launch in Reid and Banks;
  • A communications strategy
  • Organising a process for engaging union activists for the campaign.

If you require any further information or would like to include an agenda item, please contact Mary Yaager:

0408 931 899 / myaager@unionsnsw.org.au.

5. 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, please contact John Koch:  0450 276 036 /cleliakoch@bigpond.com.

6. Unions NSW Industrial Seminar Series - Seminar 1 – Equal Pay

Our first seminar, at 4.30pm-5.30pm, Friday 15 June 2018, Executive Boardroom, Level 3, Unions NSW, 4-10 Goulburn Street, Sydney, will look at the campaign for equal pay that United Voice are running. Natalie Dabarera, Industrial Officer, will speak about the recent decision of the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission in Application by United Voice and the Australian Education Union [2018] FWCFB 177, where the application for an equal remuneration order for early childhood educators was dismissed.

Natalie will explore the decision, how it has changed the law regarding equal remuneration orders, and the industrial strategy going forward. Gabe Kavanagh (Big Steps Strategy Coordinator) will speak about the Big Steps campaign, including key milestones in the campaign and strategy going forward. The seminar will be followed by drinks.

7. Unions NSW Industrial Seminar Series - Seminar 2 – Running discrimination claims in NSW

Our second seminar, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Thursday 28 June 2018 in the Executive Boardroom, Level 3, Unions NSW, 4-10 Goulburn Street, Sydney, will focus on running discrimination claims in NSW. We will have two speakers from the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW (ADB), The Hon Dr Annabelle Bennett AO SC, President, and Elizabeth Wing, Senior Manager of Operations. They will speak about the complaint process in the ADB, why unions should pursue claims in the ADB as opposed to other jurisdictions, and what the advantages are for applicants and their representatives. If you would like to attend this free event, please RSVP on the following link for catering purposes.

8. There will be no Executive nor Council Meetings on Thursday 14 due to IFTAR and 21 June 2018 due to NSW Labor's Budget-In Reply Community Address.

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 5:50 PM

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