O’Connor re-elected BIC head
Tuesday, 24th May, 2016
By By Emily Roberts
Danny O’Connor has been re-elected president of the Barrier Industrial Council.
The elections were held yesterday afternoon with Mr O’Connor being voted in as the president/secretary unopposed. This is Mr O’Connor’s 11th year as president.
“There are a number of reasons I continue to stand for this role,” he said.
“I want to see the right thing done by workers who we represent.
“I want young people to join the union movement. That is what I am calling for.”
The Senior vice-president is Maureen Clark and the Junior vice-president is Greg Braes.
The two Trustees are Ros Ferry and Craig Johns and the Trades Hall Trust delegate is Ms Ferry.
The AGM for the BIC is usually held in January, but was held later this year due to members being unavailable.
Mr O’Connor said in his report that he was disappointed more people weren’t joining the unions.
“Unions are under attack, with younger people not joining them as well as coming under attack from the Liberal government who are attacking minimum wages and penalty rates,” he said.
“Young people need to join the union to reap the benefits.
“It is an important time to start to look to join a union.”
Broken Hill CFMEU vice-president Greg Braes said in his report that the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement ballot for Essential Water has been voted on with the majority accepted by the employees.
“That’s been almost three years of negotiations to reach this point,” Mr O’Connor said.
TEU secretary Ros Ferry in her report spoke about the TEU matter before the Industrial Relations Council.
“The matter was discussed about the vacant Emergency Department Services Assistant position at the Broken Hill Health Service,” Mr O’Connor said.
“The BH TEU has also raised concerns regarding the remuneration to part-time and casual employees at the Broken Hill Health Service. The BIC is seeking a meeting with the general manager to discuss these issues.
“Negotiations for a new industrial agreement is about to commence and a Wage Memorandum of Understanding also to commence, shortly.”
President of the Barrier Teachers Association, Maureen Clark said they continued to be concerned about the perilous position of TAFE colleges, particularly in Broken Hill.
“High course fees, reduced courses and the loss of teaching jobs have cut student access to further education and trade training,” Mrs Clark said.
“Public schools stand to lose financially under the Federal Budget despite showing how students have benefited from the loadings for the disadvantage under Gonski.
“Increased employment of teachers in schools, particularly in permanent positions result in lower class sizes and more targeted assistance for individual students.”