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committee to take issues to the national body. • Fees in NSW and VIC are <$800, but in some states they are only $300 or $500. There might be a decrease in fees for NSW in the long term. But you are already paying close to $800 so if there was no decrease you are no worse off. • Each member would be able to vote for the National President. “There is an Association for associations. Our exposure to these people suggests that once we go down this path, once the decision is made, there is no turning back. We have spent 18 months on this, and look at spending the next 2 or 3 years to finalise it.” The Executive Officer asked for a show of hands who would see benefits from such a move, and there were several favourable responses. A Question and Answer period ensued. Questions relating to the previous discussions, industrial legislation, respondency to awards, etc. were explored and Philip Johns answered questions. Q: Why, when the idea of a national body had been vigorously pursued during the 90s, and the first stage tried, and failed, would it be on the table again? A: “The attempt to slap Michael Meeres on over the state struc- tures didn’t solve the duplication problem.” Philip Johns added “We are not looking for a unanimous decision: we won’t hold out because one state doesn’t want to do it. We need a new Constitution that handles the problems of a single entity and the new Constitution will be forwarded to State councils for consideration. Q: “What percentage of members is needed to vote to change this?” A: The CEO thought it was 75% but didn’t have the Constitution available to check. Q: “Is there a chance membership levels will drop?” A: Yes. Members in VIC and NSW may originally have to pay higher rates. Tasmania and SA for example pay between $300 and $500 for their membership. They might not take to paying $800 and that would have to be accommo- dated. Perhaps we would go to a membership fee based on the number of employees. Russ Waddy commented “My con- cern with a good centralised organisation is that it might save money on operating costs, but lose customers – drycleaners.” Q: You mentioned earlier that four state bodies currently employ their own staff. DIA NSW employs you, Victoria employs Ruth Speedy, South Australia employs John Brownsea and Queensland employs Lynn Potesil. You have said they would still be employed to do specialised work, as needed. If the states can no longer employ them full time, how would these people be avail- able on demand? Surely they need fulltime employment? A: The CEO would be in charge of Australia and would employ people like Ruth, who would report to the DIA Ltd. Q: How many drycleaners are members of DIA nationally? And what is the potential Membership? A: 250, and 1500 drycleaners. Q: Out of 1500 drycleaners (and with closures of recent years I think that figure needs updating) DIA nationally currently has just 250 members? A: Yes, but they are the elite drycleaners. CLOSING Philip Johns thanked Members and guests for their attendance, and said it was lovely to see so many cleaners from as far away as Bowral, Camden, Orange, and the Hunter. I 20 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER, JANUARY/FEBRUARY/MARCH 2009 Around 40 drycleaners and allied traders enjoyed the convivial atmosphere of the Annual General Meeting of DIA NSW. TRPMI1370 Great to see Karen and John Colgan down from Neweys Drive Thru Drycleaners, Orange.
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