UNIONS NSW COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES - MEETING HELD THURSDAY, 9 JUNE 2016
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 2 June 2016 as circulated be received”.

Com. R. Martin seconded.

CARRIED

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-                      

That the minutes of the meeting of 2 June 2016 be adopted”.

Com. P. Doughty seconded.

CARRIED

CREDENTIALS:

From: The Textile, Clothing & Footwear Union appointing S. Davies in place of M. Edwards for tonight’s meeting.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved: -

That the credential be received and the delegates welcomed.”

Com. K. Conroy seconded

CARRIED

APOLOGIES: Apologies were received and accepted for: T. Costa, (Assistant Secretary),  B. Holmes, (NSWNMA), R. Collison (AWU), P. Reid (USU) S. Butler, (ETU), D. McKinley (ETU), C. Boyle (SDA).

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-     

“That the apologies be received and accepted”.

Com. R. Fortescue seconded.

CARRIED

EXECUTIVE BUSINESS CORRESPONDENCE:

1.  From Transport Workers Union (TWU):- regarding  the Safe Rates Harbour Bridge Convoy.  We write on behalf of TWU members and their families to invite affiliates to join them for a Harbour Bridge Convoy. 

Transport Workers are 12 times more likely than any other Australian worker to die at work. Yet instead of standing with transport workers and the community, Malcolm Turnbull and his government abolished the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) - a body that is able to prevent deaths on our roads. The big business interests that purchased the end of the RSRT have now indicated they have the “Chapter 6” legislation in NSW that guarantees minimum rates and collective bargaining rights for thousands of owner-drivers in this state in their cross-hairs.

We cannot let this happen. Transport workers know that we can make our roads safer with safe rates and fair conditions across transport supply chains paid for by wealthy transport clients – not off the backs of workers!

This convoy is a chance for owner-drivers to show that they will not allow politicians purchased by big business to destroy their rights at work. It will be a fun and powerful display of collective strength with hundreds of trucks and courier vans participating.

Date:            9am Sunday 19th June 

Venue:          North Sydney (Venue TBA)

If affiliates would like more information they are welcome to contact Alison Rudman on 9912 0700.

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

 “That the correspondence be received and Unions NSW congratulates the TWU on this latest initiative to highlight the link between rates and safety for transport workers and the outrageous actions of the Turnbull Government in abolishing the RSRT.

"All affiliates are encouraged to participate.”

 Com. A. Rudman seconded the resolution.                       

 CARRIED

REPORTS: 

1.  TAFE & Higher Education Forum - Springwood

Com. Genevieve Kelly (NTEU) reported on the TAFE and Higher Education Forum held at Springwood this week.  Com. Kelly said forums were being held at several locations to advise the communities of what is happening to our education system and highlighting concerns over the ever increasing costs to education.  It is not just TAFE that is being decimated it is all higher forms of education including Universities.

Australian students are already paying among the highest fees in the world to attend public universities with student debt over $125 billion.

Com. Genevieve Kelly said the next TAFE and Higher Education Forum will be held at Campbelltown RSL, Opal Room, Carberry Lane, Campbelltown on Wednesday 15 June at 6:30pm.

Com. Genevieve Kelly requested we circulate the details of the upcoming forum.

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

 “That the report be received and noted”.

Com. Genevieve Kelly (NTEU) seconded the resolution.                 

CARRIED

2.  Coles and Shop Distributive & Allied Employee’s Association (SDA)

Com. Bernie Smith (SDA) reported on the Coles Agreement. He noted Coles have committed to keep paying higher rates for now but have refused to give the undertakings sought by the Commission.                                                          

The SDA have asked Coles to bargain.  

Com. Smith noted the BOOT test is being applied very inconsistently by the Commission and much of the commentary is inaccurate.  On average the Coles workers are receiving $100 more than the award.  The SDA is very committed to the penalty rates campaign and the case to stop the variation of the award re penalty rates.  The SDA is concerned about their members and the threat this represents to their wages. 

Australia has the highest retail wages in the world.  More workers are joining the SDA every day.  They know the SDA is working hard for them.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

That the report be received and noted”.

Com. B. Smith seconded. 

CARRIED

3.  Page Federal Election Campaign

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey reported on last weekend’s Page Federal Election campaign activities.

Overall it was a productive and great weekend even though the planned doorknock was cancelled due to the devastating storms. We accomplished a phone bank on Saturday and rang the entire Page list resulting in 200 pledges made and two new volunteers recruited who had call centre experience.  

Even with the extreme weather two health week events were held at Lismore Hospital and Grafton Hospital attended by guest speakers Judith Kiejda, NSWNMA and Ged Kearney, President ACTU.

The Build a Better Future campaign is biting.  Sharryn Usher is doing a great job.  The campaign is high profile and a great community campaign. 

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey thanked all officers involved who gave up their weekend to go to Page.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

 “That the campaign report be received and noted”.

 Com. A. Claassens seconded.                 

CARRIED

4.  NSW Persuasion Calls

The Secretary, M. Morey reported on the persuasion phoning being done as part of the Build a Better Future campaign. This week the campaign in Reid was reactivated so we are ramping up activities there. The ACTU have put on extra staff to help with phoning.

The Secretary, M. Morey said we have a chance in all seats. We can boost that chance by getting through all our lists of union members and calling them before they vote. Call centre shifts are being held at Sydney and Parramatta day or night.  A graph displayed showed 5786 persuasion calls had been made up to 3 June. Pledges to put the Liberals/Nationals last are being mailed back.  Lots of high visibility activities continue in all seats.   But we know the best way to talk to members is 1:1 and at this stage of the campaign, this is best done on the phone.

Unions NSW Phone Banks will be held;

  • Tuesday 14 to Thursday16 June
  • Saturday 18 June
  • Monday 20 to Thursday 23 June
  • Monday 27 to Thursday 30 June

If you can help out at the phone banks please call Emma Maiden at Unions NSW.

The Secretary, Com. M. Morey moved:-

“That the campaign report be received and noted”.

Com. B. Parker seconded.                    

CARRIED

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1.  ASU Save Our Local Community Services Rally
     Please join the ASU at 12 noon 10 June for a rally outside the Prime Minister’s Office to Save our Local Community Services.

2.  Public Forum -Will the TPP mean less jobs and more economic inequality?

     12.30pm -2pm Tuesday 14 June Unions NSW, Trades Hall Training Room 2, Ground Floor, Trades Hall

     Speakers:

  • Professor Jomo Kwarme Sundaram
  • Professor Anis Chowdrey, former UN economist
  • Dr Patricia Ranald, AFTINET
  • Dr Jim Standford, Australia Institute

3.  Union Aid Abroad APHEDA – Annual Raffle 2016

     Support the Union Aid Abroad APHEDA raffle tickets

     Raffle will be drawn next week Thursday 16 June 2016.

4.  Invitation - Injured Workers Support Network Family Picnic

     Join the Injured Workers Support Network as we recognise national injured workers day to be held at

     11:00am on Sunday 19 June 2016 -  At Holroyd Workplace Memorial Park, Brickworks Drive, Holroyd Park.

5. ACTU Organising Works – Applications closed 30June 2016

   This is invaluable program has been servicing unions in their organising efforts for more than 20 years, and has now been          revitalised with a new curriculum. 

   We are calling for expressions of interest for programs running ins NSW, Qld & Vic. This program will be composed of ten          courses beginning in July 2016 and running to September 2017.

    For further information please go to the ACTU website  https://actu.wufoo.com/forms/z1a8e22w1xn3c2x/ 
  

MEETING ADJOURNED AT 5:57 PM

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