UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - MEETING HELD THURSDAY, 8 FEBRUARY 2018
IN TRADES HALL AUDITORIUM, SYDNEY AT 5:30PM

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

PRESENT:   M. Morey [Secretary], E. Maiden {Assistant Secretary].

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.

MINUTES:

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

“That the minutes from the meeting of 1 February 2018 as circulated be received.”

Com. S. Ackerman (AWU) seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:                          

“That the minutes of the meeting of 1 February 2018 as circulated be adopted.”

 Com. S. Davis (NSWNMA) seconded.

CARRIED

CREDENTIALS FOR THE ENSURING YEAR:

From:  United Services Union (USU) appointing Graeme Kelly, Paul Reid, Greg McLean, Clare Raffan, Shane Pinter, Emily Callachor, Colin Drane, Daniel Papps, Steve Donley, Narelle Rich, Leonie Bremmer, Josh Patterson, Troy Dunne, Sean Szabo as delegates for 2018.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:

That the credentials be received and the delegates welcomed.”

 Com. R. Mallia (CFMEU) seconded.

CARRIED

APOLOGIES: Apologies were received and accepted for T. Costa (UNSW), B. Holmes (NSWNMA), G. Kelly (USU), D. McKinley (ETU), J. Buhler (AWU) B. Smith (SDA).

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved: 

“That the apologies be received and accepted.” 

Com. N. Rich (USU) seconded.

CARRIED

EXECUTIVE CORRESPONDENCE:

1. From Rail, Trams and Bus Union, (RTBU) regarding NSW Transport Rally. I have recently been approached by a number of unions advising that they would like to support the RTBU transport campaign.

A ‘Fix NSW Transport’ rally has been organised to be held on Saturday, 17th February 2018, commencing at 2pm from Hyde Park North and marching to Martin Place.

I would like to invite all unions and request Unions NSW to circulate this invitation to all affiliates to come along and show the State Liberal Government that the NSW public want and deserve better transport services.

John Lozano (Ph: 0404 444 399) will be the Head Marshall at this event and each Union is requested to provide a Marshall.

I urge all unions to wear their colours and bring their flags and banners to show this Government that the people of NSW will not accept the low- grade services they are trying to put in place.

I once again, thank everyone for their continued support in this campaign.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved the Executive recommendation:

 “That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW will circulate details of the Fix NSW Transport Rally on Saturday 17 February 2018 and encourages all affiliates to attend and publicise the event to their members and on social media.”

Com. A. Claassens (RTBU) seconded.

CARRIED

2. From Construction, Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) 

The CFMEU writes in respect of the Turnbull Liberal Governments latest attack on construction workers and their unions.

The Government, through the use of the 2013 and 2016 Building Code, is now trying to ban union related material, insignia, logos or symbols. The Government is threatening to cut off the tender list for Commonwealth Government work builders where there is such material, where “the presence of ONE of these items on equipment supplied by, or for which provision is made, by the employer”. The Government edict goes onto attempt to ban helmet stickers that say such things as “100% Union” or even “Union site”. It also seeks to ban the flying of union flags and the Eureka Stockade Flag. The Eureka Flag has become an important union symbol of democracy and standing up for our rights.

This is an outrageous situation, in particular as it would seem that flying the swastika or a flag supporting ISIS wouldn’t offend the Code. The Government claims this is to protect freedom of association, of course we know it’s to do totally the opposite and seeks to remove union presence and consciousness from site.

In solidarity and support of construction workers’ rights to proudly wear or display their Union pride and membership we would like to take a photo at the Union NSW meeting with the Eureka Flag, we would also ask that affiliates complete and circulate the following petition in respect of the banning of the Eureka Flag.

We would also ask that Union members everywhere take photos and post on social media photos of themselves with the Eureka flag as a sign of both support for construction workers and resistance to the continued ideological war that the LNP is waging against all of us with our tax payers dollars!

https://www.megaphone.org.au/petitions/reverse-the-lnp-ban-on-the-eureka-flag

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved the Executive recommendation:

That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW supports the CFMEU’s campaign to highlight the Federal Government’s latest undemocratic and discriminatory attacks on construction workers.  In a sign of solidarity Unions NSW will be proud to stand with delegates and attendees tonight displaying the Eureka flag for a photo to post on social media.

Unions NSW will circulate the petition and details to affiliates and encourages affiliates to circulate the CFMEU petition among their membership and encourage them to take photos with the Eureka flag to post on social media.”

Com. R. Mallia (CFMEU) seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary M. Morey advised council Brian Parker will be resigning as Secretary CFMEU.  He put on record his thanks to Brian Parker.  Brian is a great trade unionist and great supporter of Unions NSW and a great friend.  We acknowledge the support he has given to many trade unions and their campaigns, e.g. lately with ‘We won’t wait’ with ASU delegates talking to CFMEU members on site.  Unions NSW will put on farewell drinks for Brian before his last day so people can come to say thank you.

Brian Parker responded and said after 28 years, it’s time to go. He said he has been blessed to represent workers. He acknowledged Vern Philpott, who is 90 years old and worked with my father, a trade unionist through and through and a big advocate for WHS.  The time to go is right.  I’m planning to do nothing, maybe even go back to work and be a delegate. I’m leaving the union in a strong position. We are experiencing strong growth in membership.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1. Memorial Service

In memory of a great Trade Unionist
Don McDonald, AM 15/2/1938 – 5/1/2018 
Please join Don’s family and the CFMEU
Wednesday 28th February 2018 from 9.30am  
Trades Hall Auditorium, 377 Sussex St, Sydney

Light refreshments will be provided in The Atrium following this service

RSVP by 16/2/2018 Leza - (02) 9749 0403 or lturnbull@cfmeu.org

2. We did it – Maitland Hospital remains in public hands!

Come and celebrate our win - Free Lunchtime BBQ
Tuesday 13 February at Maitland Hospital
and……

An Evening Celebration – We did it!

East Maitland Bowling Club

Tuesday 13 February 6:30pm

3. One Billion Rising Sydney 2018
Sydney to RISE through DANCE on Wednesday 14 February, 5:00pm
Hyde Park South  (near Pool of Reflection)
To End Violence Against Women

Wear Red, Black, Pink or White.

4.  Union Pride – Fair Day 2018
Victoria Park (Opposite Broadway Shops)
Sunday 18th February 2018 from 10am – 4pm

We Won’t Wait Petitions and selling our NEW Union Pride T-Shirts on the day for $30 each (Aussie Made + Union Made)

5. Unions NSW Annual General Meeting 2018 will be held Thursday 22 February 2018
5:30pm – 6.30pm    Trades Hall, Auditorium

Drinks and finger food will be served in the Atrium following the AGM

6.  Save the Date -  Union Lawyers and Industrial Officers’ Annual Labour Law Conference 2018
Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd March 2018, Sydney Trades Hall Auditorium, Lower Ground Floor,
Entry via 377 Sussex Street, Sydney

With a line-up of specialised speakers including; Guest Speaker, Justice Iain Ross, President, Fair Work Commission.

7. Union Pride Float – Sydney Mardi Gras 2018
Saturday 3 March 2018

To register to be in the Union Pride float this year before Monday 19th February 2018 : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UP2018

8. AFTINET is holding a public forum on the TPP: Impacts on Women.

Friday 9th March, 12:30pm-1:30pm  Jubilee Room, NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street,  Sydney.

 

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 6:10 PM

 

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