Archive – education and management staff

17 December 2012

Teachers in TAFE Children's Centres - Ballot Result

Colleagues

I am pleased to advise you of the result of the ballot for the TAFE NSW Teachers in TAFE Children's Centre Enterprise Agreement 2013. The result of the ballot was:

YES vote: 15 out of 18 – 83.33%

NO vote: 3 out of 18 – 16.67%

Participation in the ballot: 18 out of a possible constituency of 25, or 72.0%.

Staff covered by this agreement will receive a 2.5% pay increase by the pay period of 4 January 2013.

To those of you who participated by voting, I'd like to thank you for taking part in this important event.

Regards

Pam Christie
Managing Director of TAFE NSW
R/Director-General of Education and Communities


17 December 2012

Institute Managers - Ballot Result

Colleagues

I am pleased to advise you of the result of the ballot for the TAFE NSW  Institute Managers Enterprise Agreement 2013 last week. The result of the ballot was:

YES vote: 304 out of 319 – 95.3%

NO vote: 15 out of 319 – 4.7%

Participation in the ballot: 319 out of a possible constituency of 386, or 82.6%.

TAFE NSW will now apply to Fair Work Australia to have the Agreement certified.

Institute Managers covered by this agreement will receive a 2.5% pay increase by the pay period of 4 January 2013.

To those of you who participated by voting, I'd like to thank you for taking part in this important event.

Regards

Pam Christie
Managing Director of TAFE NSW
R/Director-General of Education and Communities


 

4 December 2012

Notice of access period and ballot dates for TAFE NSW Teachers in TAFE Children's Centres Enterprise Agreement 2013 (PDF 127KB)

Notice of access period and ballot dates for TAFE NSW Institute Managers Enterprise Agreement 2013 (PDF 127KB)


14 November

Update - Teachers in TAFE Children's Centres Enterprise Agreement

Colleagues

Another enterprise bargaining meeting for the next was held with the AEU on 12 November.

Representatives discussed a draft enterprise agreement. TAFE is proposing the maintenance of employment conditions for teachers in TAFE Children's Centres and a salary increase of 2.5 % per annum for the duration of the agreement to June 2015.

Some further drafting is being done by TAFE to incorporate items that were agreed in principle during the discussions. A new draft agreement will be provided to representatives next Monday 19 November.

We expect that a final agreement and explanatory notes will be made available soon on the website.

 If you have any questions, please email the TAFE-EABargainingTeam.

Elizabeth McGregor

On behalf of the
TAFE EA Bargaining Team
Institute Director, North Coast TAFE


14 November

Update - Institute Managers Enterprise Agreement

Colleagues

Another enterprise bargaining meeting for the next TAFE NSW Institute Managers Enterprise Agreement was held with the AEU, the CPSU and self-nominating bargaining representatives on 12 November.

Representatives discussed a draft agreement provided by TAFE NSW as well as several amendments to clauses proposed by the union and employee representatives.  TAFE is proposing the maintenance of employment conditions for IMs and a salary increase of 2.5 % per annum for the duration of the agreement to June 2015.

Some further drafting is being done by TAFE to incorporate items that were agreed in principle during the discussions. A new draft agreement will be provided to representatives next Monday 19 November. 

We expect that a final agreement and explanatory notes will be made available soon on the website.

 If you have any questions, please email the TAFE-EABargainingTeam.

Elizabeth McGregor

On behalf of the
TAFE EA Bargaining Team
Institute Director, North Coast TAFE


23 October 2012

Message from TAFE NSW Bargaining team – TAFE Teachers in Children's Centre Enterprise Agreement

Colleagues

On behalf of the TAFE NSW bargaining team, I'd like to let you know that yesterday we held the first bargaining meeting to discuss a new enterprise agreement for Teachers in TAFE Children's Centres.

The meeting provided an opportunity for the parties to introduce their bargaining interests. A copy of the proposal presented by TAFE at the meeting is available on this web page.

The parties have committed to further meetings so that employees can have an opportunity to vote on a new agreement before the end of the year.

If you have questions, or want more information, contact your local HR manager. You can also email the TAFE bargaining team at TAFE-EABargainingTeam@tafensw.edu.au.

We will continue to keep you informed as the bargaining meetings progress.

Elizabeth McGregor
Institute Director, North Coast TAFE
TAFE NSW Bargaining Team


23 October 2012

Message from TAFE NSW Bargaining team – TAFE Institute Managers Enterprise Agreement

Colleagues

On behalf of the TAFE NSW bargaining team, I'd like to let you know that yesterday we held the first bargaining meeting to discuss a new enterprise agreement for TAFE Institute Managers.

The meeting provided an opportunity for all parties to introduce their bargaining interests. A copy of the proposal presented by TAFE at the meeting is available on this web page.

The parties have committed to further meetings so that employees can have an opportunity to vote on a new agreement before the end of the year.

The TAFE proposal maintains the current attractive conditions for Institute Managers and a high level of flexibility for the organisation.

If you have questions, or want more information, contact your local HR manager. You can also email the TAFE bargaining team at TAFE-EABargainingTeam@tafensw.edu.au.

We will continue to keep you informed as the bargaining meetings progress.

Elizabeth McGregor
Institute Director, North Coast TAFE
TAFE NSW Bargaining Team


23 April 2012

Link to Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ap7kd_d4j1M

Video: Pam Christie, Deputy Director-General, TAFE NSW and Community Education, discusses the enterprise agreement ballot.


3 April 2012

A message from Pam Christie, Deputy Director-General, TAFE NSW and Community Education.

Colleagues,

I am writing to provide you with a further update on TAFE NSW enterprise bargaining and the enterprise agreement ballot process.

Over the past few weeks we have made good progress in enterprise bargaining with unions and other bargaining agents for the four agreements covering TAFE NSW teachers and related employees, Institute Managers, Bradfield College staff and TAFE Children's Centres. A number of changes have been agreed by the parties, and the bargaining process is now complete. A copy of the final proposed enterprise agreements and other information can be found on the on the right of this page.

You will see that the proposed agreements maintain your working conditions and provide for a 2.5% increase in salary rates for all classifications. If these agreements are endorsed by staff through the ballot, the Government has authorised TAFE NSW to back pay a 2.5% salary increase from the first pay period after 1 January 2012. This is because of the special circumstances associated with the move to the Commonwealth industrial relations system.

What happens next?

Under Fair Work Australia an ‘access period' of at least 7 days before the start of the voting period must be provided for all eligible employees to view the proposed agreements. If you are covered by one of these agreements I will shortly email you a copy of the enterprise agreement relevant to you with an explanation of each clause. I encourage you to read this material carefully.

Who is eligible to vote?

All staff covered by these agreements (NSW teachers and related employees, Institute Managers, Bradfield College staff and TAFE Children's Centres) are eligible to vote.

This ballot does not cover TAFE NSW administrative and clerical staff. The bargaining process for other TAFE NSW staff not included in these agreements will begin shortly.

When can I vote?

The enterprise agreement ballot will open on 2 May 2012 and close on 9 May 2012 for these agreements.

How do I vote?

The ballot will be conducted electronically through a company called CorpVote which has expertise in managing electronic voting processes.

Prior to the ballot opening, all employees eligible to vote will receive an email from CorpVote. This email will contain your individual log in and password details, a link that will take you directly to the voting portal relevant to your enterprise agreement, and instructions on how to vote. You will also be able to vote by telephone. For staff on leave at this time this information will be sent by mail to your home address, as well as by email.

Why should I vote?

Under Fair Work Australia, enterprise agreements are made between the employer and the employees. An enterprise agreement is not final until a majority of employees who cast a valid vote approve the agreement by voting ‘YES'. If a majority of employees who cast a valid vote support the agreement, TAFE NSW will seek the approval of the agreement by Fair Work Australia.

Where can I access more information? 

This website will continue to be updated. Your institute or portfolio will also provide information about the proposed enterprise agreements and the voting process.

You have a very important role to play in this process and I encourage all eligible staff to participate in the ballot to ensure your voice is heard.

I look forward to supporting you further in this important process.

Regards
 
Pam Christie
Deputy Director-General
TAFE and Community Education


1 March 2012

A message from Pam Christie, Deputy Director-General, TAFE and Community Education.

Dear colleagues,
 
This message provides a further update to TAFE NSW staff on the enterprise bargaining process.
 
Earlier this week we held another round of enterprise bargaining meetings with the unions and other nominated bargaining representatives for the four enterprise agreements covering TAFE NSW teachers, Institute Managers, Bradfield College and Children's Centres.  
 
The bargaining process is progressing well with broad agreement by the various representatives on core features of the draft agreements. We are however still negotiating on specific points with the bargaining representatives and have further meetings planned next week.
 
The bargaining process for TAFE NSW staff not included in the current round of proposed enterprise agreements will begin shortly. This includes non-teaching staff such as administrative, clerical and support staff. 

Differences under Fair Work Australia

While we are ensuring existing core conditions of employment from the previous awards are mirrored in the enterprise agreements, under Fair Work Australia there are specific requirements and regulations that we have to follow. That is why, when you read the draft agreements, you may notice some changes in wording to that used in the NSW state awards.
 
For example, some of the leave provisions have been expressed differently to accord with the National Employment Standards. However, there has been no reduction to leave conditions.
 
There are also mandatory requirements for different clauses under the Fair Work Act, for example clauses on flexibility and consultation. Examples of these new clauses can be seen in the draft agreements [available on the top right of this page]. Note clauses 7 and 8.

The ballot and why you need to vote

One of the other major differences between the state system and Fair Work Australia is the role of employees in finalising the enterprise agreement.
 
The bargaining process takes place to seek agreement from bargaining representatives, including unions, on a proposed enterprise agreement. However, an enterprise agreement is not final until employees have voted for it. Under Fair Work Australia, the enterprise agreements are made between the employer and the employees, and this is done through the ballot process.
 
This is different to the NSW system, where agreements on awards are made between the employer and the unions.
 
In the coming weeks, it is proposed that a ballot will be held where each staff member covered by one of the four proposed agreements will be asked to vote. If a majority of employees who cast a valid vote approve the agreement, the agreement is ‘made'. If a majority of employees who cast a valid vote reject the agreement, the bargaining process recommences.
 
It is very important that staff understand this process and have the opportunity to participate in the ballot to have their say. We will be providing further information on how you can participate in the ballot in the coming weeks.
 
I will keep you informed of further progress.
 
Regards
 
Pam Christie
Deputy Director-General
TAFE and Community Education



17 February 2012

A letter from DDG WMSI Peter Riordan to the Teachers Federation regarding TAFE teachers' enterprise agreement



13 February 2012

A letter from Jenny Diamond, Branch Secretary AEU regarding TAFE teachers' enterprise agreement



10 February 2012

A letter from DDG WMSI Peter Riordan to the Teachers Federation regarding TAFE teachers' enterprise agreement



10 February 2012

A letter from Jenny Diamond, Branch Secretary AEU regarding TAFE teachers' enterprise agreement


Pam Christie, Deputy Director-General, TAFE and Community Education

Dear colleagues

Following my email to you on 30 January 2012 about TAFE salary negotiations, I would like to clarify a number of issues which have been raised by the Australian Education Union in response.

Protected action ballot

The union is alleging that the employer is to blame for part time casual teacher members not being included in the protected action ballot.

This is completely untrue.

The reason many part time casual teachers are excluded relates to the timing of the union's application to Fair Work Australia. The union is well aware that under Fair Work Australia provisions, employees eligible to vote must be employed on the date of the ballot order, which in this case was 19 January 2012.

Changes to working conditions

The union is alleging that the draft enterprise agreement changes working conditions for TAFE teachers and claims that it reinstates a five hour increase in attendance time per week.

This is completely untrue.

Administrative Arrangements provided for teachers to complete 5 hours of their weekly related duties off-site including at home, subject to TAFE business needs which may require additional on-site attendance from time to time. These Administrative Arrangements remain unchanged and still apply.

The Administrative Arrangements were never part of the previous TAFE Teachers Award and do not form part of the draft enterprise agreement. The draft enterprise agreement simply reiterates the requirement for 35 hours a week attendance - consistent with the wording under the previous Variation No 1 Award 2009.

In addition, Industrial Relations Circular 11/08 Excess Teaching Hours 2011, which reflects the agreement reached last year between the Department and the union with respect to the interaction between leave and excess teaching hours under an approved program, also remains in force.

2.5% salary increase

The union has alleged that there is no offer of 2.5% that also includes the protection of existing conditions.

This is completely untrue.

On 31 October and 8 November 2011, the Department wrote to the union with an offer to increase the salaries of TAFE teachers by 2.5% from 1 January 2012 with no change to existing conditions, in line with NSW Government wages policy. The union rejected this offer.

Following the proclamation of the amendment to the TAFE Act, the Department provided the union with a draft enterprise agreement on 12 December 2011. The draft enterprise agreement ensures the continuation of existing conditions of employment for TAFE teachers and provides for a 2.5% salary increase. Copies of the draft enterprise agreement and offers made to date are available below.

I hope this information clarifies these important issues. I will continue to provide you with information about developments in the bargaining process, including important information about your involvement in the process of negotiating enterprise agreements.

Pam Christie
Deputy Director-General
TAFE and Community Education


Documents and other information related to the development of TAFE NSW enterprise agreements.

Enterprise Agreements 2012

The following documents explain the clauses of the enterprise agreements:

Information - Terms of the TAFE Commission of NSW Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement 2012

Information - Terms TAFE Commission of NSW Institute Managers EA 2012

Information - Terms of the TAFE Commission of NSW Bradfield College EA 2012

Information - Terms of the TAFE Commission of NSW Teachers in TAFE Childrens Centres EA 2012


8 February 2012

A letter from DDG WMSI Peter Riordan to the Australian Education Union regarding TAFE teachers' salaries.



A letter from DDG WMSI Peter Riordan to the Teachers Federation regarding TAFE teachers' salaries.


12 December 2011

The department has today written to the Australian Education Union (NSW), also known as the NSW Teachers Federation, with a draft enterprise agreement, seeking their endorsement of an offer to pay all our teachers and related educational staff a 2.5% salary increase from the first pay period commencing on or after 1 January 2012.

A draft enterprise agreement has also been sent to the Community and Public Sector Union  (the Public Service Association) and the Australian Education Union offering a 2.5% salary increase for institute managers.

Copies of the letters and draft enterprise agreements are below:

Letter to Australian Education Union

Letter to Community and Public Sector Union - SPSF Group

TAFE Commission of NSW teachers and related employees enterprise agreement 2012

TAFE Commission of NSW institute managers enterprise agreement 2012

TAFE Commission of NSW Bradfield College enterprise agreement 2012

TAFE Commission of NSW teachers in TAFE children's centres enterprise agreement 2012


NSW Industrial Relations Commission statement and recommendations


1 November 2011

Industrial Relations Commission recommendation

The Industrial Relations Commission issued its recommendation on 1 November 2011.

For teachers who are interested, the department's offer includes a salary increase of 2.5% from Jan 2012. In accordance with the wages policy, wage increases above 2.5% are conditional upon employee related savings to offset the cost of the wage increase.

Read Justice Kavanagh's recommendation.


31 October 2011

A message from the director-general to school teachers and TAFE teachers

Dear Colleagues,

The department has this afternoon made offers to the NSW Teachers Federation to increase the salaries of TAFE teachers effective from the first pay period to commence on or after 1 January 2012.

Last Friday the department sought the assistance of the Industrial Relations Commission in an effort to avoid the disruption that will occur to teachers, students and parents if industrial action proceeds on Wednesday 2 November 2011.

His Honour, Justice Marks, made the following recommendations:

"I strongly recommend that the Federation and is (sic) officers and is (sic) members cease and desist from any industrial action on Wednesday 2 November and I strongly recommend that the Federation put in place alternative arrangements to convey information to its members about the status of the negotiations which will not involve any disruption to the normal work of teachers."

I am aware that the Federation has cancelled the industrial action for TAFE teachers but has reiterated its call for school teachers to strike for 2 hours on Wednesday morning.

The department has offered to assist the Federation to conduct its consultation with teachers outside of normal school hours but it appears that this has been rejected. View a copy of my letter to the Teachers Federation.

In a letter dated 13 October 2011, the Minister for Education advised the Federation that the process to gain approval to make a salary offer under the Government's wages policy would be concluded in late October.  View the Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli's letter to Jennifer Diamond, General Secretary of the NSW Teachers' Federation

In the absence of industrial action the negotiations could commence immediately.

Kind regards

Dr Michele Bruniges

DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITIES
MANAGING DIRECTOR OF TAFE NSW


31 October 2011

The department's letters of offer to the NSW Teachers' Federation:



31 October 2011

To help the Federation make arrangements for their stop work meeting to be held outside of school hours, the Director General Michele Bruniges today wrote to the union offering to pay up to $10,000 to cover the cost of the broadcast meeting if it was held outside of school hours.

Read the letter from the Director General Michele Bruniges to the Teachers Federation.



28 October 2011

On Friday the department and the NSW Teachers Federation appeared before the Industrial Relations Commission. The department wanted to get the Teachers Federation to cancel the stop work meeting that they have scheduled for this Wednesday 2 November.

Here is an extract from the Transcript:

HIS HONOUR MARKS J

..."I strongly recommend that the Federation and is [sic] officers and is [sic] members cease and desist from any industrial action on Wednesday 2 November and I strongly recommend that the Federation put in place alternative arrangements to convey information to its members about the status of the negotiations which will not involve any disruption to the normal work of teachers."


A message from the director-general to school teachers and TAFE teachers

10am, 28 October 2011

Dear Colleagues,

As you know we are about to commence negotiations for an increase in salaries for our teachers in schools and TAFE. I wanted to provide you with an update on where we are up to.

The NSW Government wages policy applies to the whole public sector, including our department. This policy requires that any salary increases above 2.5% must be paid for by employee related savings.

Before any department can start negotiating a salary increase for staff it needs to get approval of its bargaining parameters from the government.

I anticipate that we will have the necessary approval to make an offer and commence negotiations early next week. The Teachers Federation was aware some time ago that we expected to be able to make an offer to increase salaries by early November.

The negotiations may not be easy, but I hope we can conduct them in a way that doesn't disrupt our students or their families.

While I appreciate that everyone wants to get negotiations underway and settled as quickly as possible, the industrial action proposed for next Wednesday won't speed up the process in any way. We are now asking the Industrial Relations Commission to intervene in the matter to avoid the disruption to students and parents.

I will provide all teachers with the full details of the department's offer as soon as it is conveyed to the Federation.

Kind regards

Michele Bruniges
Director-General of Education and Communities
Managing Director of TAFE NSW


13 October 2011

The Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli's letter to Jennifer Diamond, General Secretary of the NSW Teachers' Federation.

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