Archive - teachers agreement bargaining 2012-2013

Read news updates on round 1 (October -December 2012) and round 2 (January-March 2013) of bargaining on the TAFE Teachers and Related Employees Agreement, 2013.


21 March 2013

Colleagues,

I wish to inform you of the result of the ballot for the proposed TAFE Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement 2013, including Bradfield College. The results were:

  • 4,720  people voted NO ( 68.45% of the ballot)
  • 2,176 voted YES (31.55 % of the ballot).

A total of 6,896 people voted, or just over 40% of the 17,039 people eligible to cast a vote.

This means that the proposed Agreement will not proceed and that the current Agreement will continue in force until a new Agreement is approved.

The proposed 2.5% per annum wage increase can only be paid when a new Agreement is finally made.

Thank you to all those who took part in the vote. Bargaining will resume again shortly so we can secure a strong future for TAFE.

Regards,

Pam Christie
Managing Director of TAFE NSW
Deputy Director-General, TAFE and Community Education


12 March 2013

TAFE NSW Teachers' Enterprise Agreement Ballot

Video: Pam Christie, Managing Director of TAFE NSW explains why a YES vote on 18 March is important for teachers and related employees, and why it's important for TAFE's future.

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


8 March 2013

Opening of Access Period for the TAFE NSW Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement 2013

Colleagues

This email contains important information about the employee ballot for the proposed TAFE Commission of NSW Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement 2013 (including Bradfield College)  (the ‘Agreement'), which will open on Monday 18 March.

Today, I am writing to advise you that:

  • the  'Access Period' will begin from today (the access period is, in accordance with the Fair Work Act 2009, the period in which employees have access to the terms of the Agreement to enable them to consider how they will vote); and
  • the ballot will open at 12.01am on Monday 18 March and close at 11.59pm on Wednesday 20 March 2013 (Ballot Period).


How do I vote?

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

Prior to the Ballot Period, all employees eligible to vote will receive an email from CorpVote at their work email address. This email will contain:

  • your individual log in and password details;
  • a link that will take you directly to the voting portal relevant to the Agreement; and
  • instructions on how to vote.


If you are on leave, then information about the voting method will also be sent by mail to your home address.

During the Ballot Period, you can vote on your computer at work or at home, or you can vote by telephone. If you want to vote on your computer at home you can send the email from CorpVote from your work email address to your home email address.

Where can I find more information?

Attached to this email are copies of:

  • the proposed Agreement;
  • notes that explain the terms of the Agreement.


Copies of these documents are also available on the TAFE NSW enterprise agreement website.

The website also has other supporting material provided in bargaining and I encourage you to read it carefully.

Your institute or portfolio area will also provide information about the Agreement and the voting process. Copies of 'How to vote' material, as well as hard copies of the Agreement will be available to view at campus/portfolio locations. Local advice will be issued about this.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask your human resources manager or send a reply to this email.

Voting in the ballot gives staff covered by the Agreement the opportunity to vote YES to receive a salary increase of 2.5% per annum for the duration of the Agreement. If the Agreement is endorsed by a majority of staff who vote, a 2.5% salary increase will be payable from the first pay period on or after 20 March 2013, oncethe Agreement is approved by the Fair Work Commission.

I encourage all eligible staff to participate in this very important process.

Regards

Pam Christie
Managing Director of TAFE NSW
Deputy Director-General
TAFE and Community Education


6 March 2013

Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement

After last week's concessions, today we've made some further changes to fine tune the Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement.

Now it's time to vote on the new Agreement, and we will hold a ballot between 18-20 March.

Your YES vote is important to keep jobs in TAFE.

Today we've listened to the union and made two more changes- to the consultation clause and to extended joint monitoring of new roles.

While we couldn't reach agreement on every point at the bargaining table,we have made major concessions to find a way forward. Several representatives have agreed to the proposal already. Now it's over to you to vote.

We've listened to your concerns and created this new Agreement, which:

  • preserves your current conditions
  • protects jobs
  • provides more career options
  • gives you a pay rise
  • sets TAFE NSW up for competition.

It's easy to find out what it means for you:

Feel free to ask questions about how it will work: email TAFE-EABargainingTeam@tafensw.edu.au or attend an information session in your institute.

It's time for you to have your say – all staff covered by the Teachers'and Related Employees Agreement, including Bradfield College employees, are eligible to vote. Make sure you cast your vote between 18-20 March.

TAFE NSW Managing Director Pam Christie will be in touch this week to formally let you know about how to vote.

Competition is here and growing, and we have to change to keep up. Your YES vote is crucial to keep the work we have, and to win more.

Vote YES to keep work in TAFE!

Elizabeth McGregor
For TAFE EA Bargaining Team
Institute Director, North Coast TAFE


4 March 2013

Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement 

Two major concessions made in effort to reach EB agreement

We have made two major concessions to try to reach agreement in the bargaining room. We've removed the Enterprise Trainer and the Expert Teacher roles from our proposal.

This was a suggestion put by a teacher representative at the table last week.

We've listened to concerns about the Enterprise Trainer role and how it might affect part time casual teachers, and so agreed to remove it.

We've also removed the Expert Teacher classification in response to strong concerns from the union about this role being a possible Head Teacher replacement. This was never the intention, but we have agreed to remove it.

We see this as a strong middle ground when coupled with the agreements and changes we've made since bargaining began last October.

We've also made it clear that sections will decide which of the remaining new roles- if any - they'll use, and when, to meet student and employer needs.

The aim of these changes is to help us reach an agreement with all representatives including the union when we meet again on Wednesday.  

While it's not required under bargaining rules, we would prefer to reach agreement with all parties in the room before you have your say at the ballot.

These changes mean we can still:

  • keep your current conditions
  • guarantee the place of teachers and head teachers
  • improve career paths
  • offer the pay rise
  • help TAFE be more competitive.

There's no doubt that TAFE NSW has to change – the Minister confirmed last week that Smart and Skilled reforms are underway.

The Enterprise Agreement gives us a unique chance to maintain conditions while creating something new. It gives teaching teams options for how they'll adapt. This will be critical to our future success. 

We see the proposal as a workable solution to the challenge of keeping students and teachers in TAFE NSW.

The revised Agreement, supporting details and scenarios showing how you could choose to use the remaining roles will be updated here by the end of today.

We will update you further after the next meeting on Wednesday. In the meantime, please send any questions to TAFE-EABargainingTeam@tafensw.edu.au

Elizabeth McGregor

For TAFE EA Bargaining Team

Institute Director, North Coast TAFE


21 February 2013

Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement 

Latest news on enterprise bargaining

We need to bridge a sizeable gap in the bargaining room, but we're still working to find the best way to keep jobs in TAFE NSW.  We can already see many students choosing Unis and private providers over us.  We don't want this to continue.

We can grow TAFE but we will need to make changes first, while keeping teachers and teaching at the centre of our services. We're putting in place protections in the new Agreement to ensure this. They guarantee:

  • Only Teachers can teach 
  • More teachers than paraprofessionals, and more Head Teachers than Educational Leaders
  • Paraprofessional roles don't have the Cert IV in TAE
  • Head Teachers can't be declared excess in order to replace them with an Educational Leader
  • Maintenance of weighted hours for Head Teachers.

While we need to introduce new roles we are keeping TAFE NSW salaries and conditions well above national benchmarks, including:

  • Agreed non attendance periods for teachers
  • Continuation of the administrative arrangements, including 5 hours off-site
  • Part-time teacher conditions
  • Excess hours
  • Professional development
  • Leave entitlements and pay above the National Employment Standards (NES).

We're also adding new opportunities:

  • Part Time Casual Teachers can apply for any advertised TAFE position
  • Expert Teacher role recognises professional excellence for teachers without becoming a manager
  • Teachers and Head Teachers can apply for Educational Leader roles.

We will meet again with the union and other representatives next Wednesday to try to reach an agreement. You can read the latest key documents here:

You can send any questions to the TAFE-EABargainingTeam and we encourage you to discuss the proposals locally in your institute.

Regards

Elizabeth McGregor
Institute Director, North Coast TAFE for
TAFE EA Bargaining Team


15 February 2013

Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement

We met again this week to continue bargaining for an Agreement that will:

  1. Keep jobs in TAFE once Smart & Skilled Reforms come into force
  2. Keep your current conditions
  3. Make us competitive enough that we can create more jobs in TAFE NSW.

During negotiations we have laid out the impacts of Smart & Skilled.  The union has argued that this reform can be stopped. We are arguing that we must be realistic because Government is already implementing these reforms.  Change for TAFE will happen – it's happening already.

The union has also told TAFE NSW they are planning industrial action. We are concerned that this will not help us reach agreement in the bargaining room.

Nevertheless, we will continue to bargain in good faith to ensure TAFE NSW survives and thrives against the competition.  We'll have to change to ensure students with Smart & Skilled entitlements choose TAFE. We want to be competitive to not only keep jobs in TAFE NSW, but also to create new ones, just as many private providers are already doing. Our aim is to keep your current conditions while finding these new ways to operate.

More details about our latest proposal are available here. And because we were asked about how the new roles would work with Teachers and Head Teachers, you can find some example scenarios here.

To confirm what we said in our Q&A last week, we would like to take a final proposal to ballot in March.

In the meantime, please check out the answers to the questions some of you have been asking, or send your own questions to TAFE-EABargainingTeam@tafensw.edu.au  – we'll try to address the key issues you are raising.

Regards,

Elizabeth McGregor
Institute Director, North Coast TAFE for
TAFE EA Bargaining Team


8 February 2013

Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement

Audio: Enterprise bargaining for the Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement has recommenced for 2013. Elizabeth McGregor, institute director of North Coast TAFE and Paul Ingwersen, a director at the Riverina Institute tell Peter Jordan what's needed to keep jobs, especially teaching jobs, in TAFE NSW.

Link to MP3 audio: https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/media/downloads/about-us/news-at-det/announcements/tafe-nsw-teachers-salary-negotiations/tafe-070213.mp3

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8 February 2013

Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement

Colleagues,

We were back at the bargaining table this week talking about how a new agreement can help keep jobs, especially teaching jobs, in TAFE NSW.

We know Smart and Skilled is coming and that we have to find ways to make sure people choose TAFE over other providers. We also know that our sector is growing, but that private providers are enjoying the biggest slice of that growth across Australia.  We need to introduce some new ways to compete with these private operators so TAFE NSW can survive and thrive long-term.

Our approach to the enterprise agreement is to provide some new options while protecting current conditions and teaching roles.

So this week we continued to bargain in good faith. In particular, we listened to ideas from the union about protections for jobs, and discussed what would be workable on a day to day basis in teaching sections. We also restated the Government's advice that any salary increase can only apply once we have your agreement on a final proposal.

Our new proposal addresses concerns we've heard. We've committed to

  • removing the Tutor Instructor 2
  • having no paraprofessional positions that require a Certificate IV TAE
  • maintaining the weighted hours for Head Teachers
  • reintroducing the Expert Teacher career path.

We've been working to answer the questions you've sent us and you can now find the answers on this website. If you have a new one, ask us and we'll keep updating the website with answers.

Importantly, we flagged that we want to get to ballot this term so that you can receive a pay rise.

Regards,

Elizabeth McGregor
Institute Director, North Coast TAFE for
TAFE EA Bargaining Team


24 January 2013

Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement

Colleagues,

Yesterday was the 2nd bargaining meeting for 2013 where the TAFE EA Bargaining Team met with both the AEU and the self-nominating representatives to progress negotiations.

As agreed in last week's meeting, TAFE presented some proposals for discussion. These focused on addressing concerns about the proposal that had gone to ballot: we talked about ideas such as removing the Tutor Instructor 2 and retaining weighted hours for Head Teachers, while still finding a way to have the workforce options necessary to win business from our competitors.

Here are some ideas for a reshaped proposal [PDF 328kB].

TAFE also agreed to provide more detail about:

  • how the new elements would work in practice
  • how they would contribute to us defending our work and winning work back
  • how they would help us to enter into new kinds of markets that need teachers.

 
These ideas and details will be discussed at the next bargaining meeting on Wednesday 6 February.

Regards

Elizabeth McGregor
Institute Director North Coast TAFE
for the TAFE EA Bargaining Team


22 January 2013

Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement

Video: Pam Christie, Managing Director of TAFE NSW, discusses the second round of enterprise bargaining for teachers. She encourages all staff to get involved in discussions and seek advice so they can vote with confidence at the next ballot.

Link to MP3 audio: http://www.youtube.com/v/s0zvxUhvTIw


2012

17 December 2012

Teachers and Related Employees - Ballot Result

Colleagues

I wish to advise you of the result of the ballot for the proposed TAFE Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement 2013, including Bradfield College. The result was:

  • 4,507 people voted NO (64.78% of the ballot)
  • 2,450 voted YES (35.22% of the ballot).

A total of 6,957 people voted, or just over 40% of the 17,104 people eligible to cast a vote.

This means that the current Enterprise Agreement will remain in force until a new Agreement is approved. As previously advised, Government policy does not allow for back pay of the proposed 2.5% per annum wage increase. This increase will only apply when a new Agreement is made.

I will be advising the Australian Education Union and other bargaining representatives today of TAFE's desire to recommence bargaining discussions as soon as practicable.

During the next stage of bargaining, we will continue to provide you with regular updates about bargaining developments and progress on proposals for the next ballot.

Thank you to all those staff who took part in this important process.

Regards

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


11 December 2012

Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement

Video: Pam Christie, Managing Director of TAFE NSW, explains why teachers should vote 'yes' in the forthcoming ballot for the new agreement.

Link to Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FwBS7N5cps


6 December 2012

Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement

Audio: TAFE NSW Managing Director Pam Christie tells Peter Jordan why teachers should vote yes in the forthcoming ballot, explains the need for change and outlines the protections for teachers in the agreement.

Link to MP3 audio: https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/media/downloads/about-us/news-at-det/announcements/tafe-nsw-teachers-salary-negotiations/md-podcast-dec612.mp3

Download the podcast (MP3 5MB)
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4 December 2012

Emails from MD advising access period
(See related information at the right of this page)

Notice of access period and ballot dates for TAFE NSW Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement 2013, (Including Bradfield College) (PDF 128KB)


3 December 2012

Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement

Audio: Enterprise bargaining for the Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement has finished. Elizabeth McGregor, institute director of North Coast TAFE, Paul Ingwersen, a director at the Riverina Institute and Terri Connellan, a director at South Western Sydney Institute, talk with Peter Jordan about the conclusion of bargaining discussions.

Link to MP3 audio: http://www.dec.nsw.gov.au/documents/15060385/15385042/Protections.mp3


3 December 2012

Conclusion of enterprise bargaining - Teachers and Related Employees Agreement

Colleagues

Today was the last day of bargaining discussions for the 2013-15 Enterprise Agreement for Teachers and Related Employees.

The focus of the last meetings has been on responding to concerns put by bargaining representatives about the implications of the new classifications for teachers and on providing enforceable industrial safeguards in the drafting of the Agreement.

Today, we discussed additional, legally enforceable protections. These will go into the Agreement at Clause 41. We'll get that draft out to you tomorrow. Specifically, though, Clause 41 regulates the use of the new classifications by introducing the following safeguards:

  • A guarantee that TAFE will employ a greater number of Teachers than Tutor Instructors and Assessors combined, and that this will be monitored and measured on an Institute basis.
  • A very strict confinement of the Tutor Instructor 2 role to teams undertaking work that helps us win new contracts with enterprises. This work is critical for our commercial revenue. As well, this section of the agreement commits to the ongoing use of Teachers and Head Teachers as part of that work.

In addition, a new enforceable schedule - Schedule 8 - is included in the Agreement to define and limit the new classifications so that they are clearly distinguished from the role of teachers. Our regulatory obligations under ASQA provide a second form of enforcement for this safeguard.

See the podcast above to hear about the outcomes of today's final bargaining meeting.

Tomorrow, the Managing Director will formally send you the finalised version of the Agreement and inform you of the arrangements for voting on it.

TAFE is satisfied that through the bargaining process we have constructively responded to bargaining representatives' proposed amendments and incorporated these where we could.

So where have we arrived after the bargaining process? The Agreement provides the following:

  • A salary increase of 2.5% each year to all staff covered under the agreement for 2013, 2014 and 2015 if the ballot is approved
  • Maintenance of employment conditions for all staff, including the administrative arrangements that allow teachers to negotiate five hours of duty offsite
  • Equal access for PTCT's to the full range of TAFE careers by removing recruitment restrictions
  • New opportunities for career advancement through the creation of the Educational Leader classification
  • Removing the weighted hours formula and the annual review of grading for Head Teachers and introducing new Guidelines for the establishment of positions which reflect the arrangements that already apply to the Education Officer suite of roles. All current Head Teachers are also protected by transition arrangements.

Your vote in the ballot is important: an Agreement is made when the majority of eligible staff who vote cast a 'Yes' vote.

Elizabeth McGregor

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


29 November 2012

Enterprise bargaining developments - Teachers and Related Employees

Colleagues

TAFE NSW is continuing to work with the AEU and other bargaining representatives to address issues and questions, particularly in relation to the use of new classifications.

The Managing Director (MD) has written to the AEU (see pdf attached) responding to their questions about TAFE's position on the ongoing  role of teachers and teaching under a new agreement.

The MD's response provides TAFE's guarantee that the essential work of full time and part time teachers and head teachers will continue and that teachers will be maintained as the principal mode of delivery for TAFE's services. The support roles of tutor instructor and assessor will work closely with teachers as an adjunct to delivery. Teachers, teaching duties and related duties will remain exactly as they are defined in the current Agreement.

This commitment is also evident in the letter and attachments (see pdf attached) which the bargaining team provided to the AEU and other bargaining reps after Monday's meeting.

Giving effect to this guarantee depends on TAFE's success in winning work. Current and future teaching positions are at risk if TAFE is not equipped for change in the way it can operate within the expanding competitive training market.

In summary, TAFE has made the commitment that teachers will not be reclassified into the new roles. The Tutor Instructors and Assessors will not be substitutes for the essential and comprehensive work that full time and part time casual teachers perform. These commitments have been  underwritten by the following protections introduced into the draft Agreement:

  • The inclusion of role descriptions in the draft Agreement to differentiate the functions of the new classifications from those of teachers, and to ensure that these roles cannot undertake teaching. The relevant statements of duty have been updated following feedback from the AEU and other representatives
  • The inclusion of a clause in the draft Agreement that quarantines the Tutor Instructor 2 role to new enterprise based contracts and the inclusion of a definition of such contracts in the draft Agreement
  • The inclusion of a commitment in the draft Agreement that TAFE will also use Teacher and Head Teacher positions as part of the teams established to secure and perform the work under those new enterprise based contracts
  • The inclusion of monitoring arrangements at the state and local Institute levels in the draft Agreement to ensure transparency about how the mix of new roles is implemented in both ongoing and new work.  A draft statement of intent has been provided to the AEU about how these arrangements might work. Should agreement be reached, this intention would be expressed in formal correspondence by the MD to the AEU.

The draft 'Guidelines and criteria for the establishment and recruitment of Head Teacher and Educational Leader positions' are also available. These describe the criteria that would be used for the establishment and grading of HT positions if weighting and annual reviews were removed. The Guidelines provide a high level of transparency and rigour around the business case criteria to be used in establishing and grading positions, and the determination about whether a HT or Educational Leader is appropriate. The ultimate decision about levels would be made in the same way as the decision is made now about which of the three grades -Education Officer, Senior Education Officer or Chief Education Officer - is appropriate when a job is created for that group of staff under this same Agreement. This approach has worked successfully for many years.

Generous transition arrangements are also described in the draft Guidelines to cover those HTs whose current banding is under review.

Bargaining meetings are confirmed for 30 November and 3 December. We will update you with a podcast and a further email as soon as possible.

TAFE remains committed to allowing staff to vote this year so that a 2.5% increase can be paid from the first pay period on or after 1 January if the ballot is successful. To that end, we are meeting again tomorrow.

Regards

Elizabeth McGregor

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


27 November 2012

Update - Enterprise Bargaining - TAFE Teachers and Related Employees

Colleagues

Yesterday's bargaining discussions focused on arriving at assurances that the essential work of full-time and part-time Teachers and Head Teachers will remain central to the business of TAFE NSW.

Discussion concentrated on restrictions to the use of the Tutor Instructor 2, and clear statements in the proposed duties of the other new classifications spelling out how they are distinguished from, and support, the ongoing roles of Teachers and Head Teachers.

In response to this discussion, modifications that TAFE has agreed to incorporate in the statements of duty include, among other amendments,

  • Clear reference to the way the roles work with full time and part time Teachers and Head Teachers
  • The requirement for the support roles to work within teams under the supervision and professional guidance of Head Teachers
  • A change to the qualification requirement of the Tutor Instructor 1 to specify technical qualifications.

In particular, TAFE agreed to strengthen the safeguards around the use of the Tutor Instructor 2 by including an additional clause in the Agreement.  In addition to the clause restricting the use of the TI2 to new enterprise based contracts, a second clause will be included outlining the commitment to use full time and part time casual Teachers and Head Teachers as part of teams established by TAFE to secure and perform work under those new enterprise based contracts. Further, TAFE has agreed that this is will be monitored at state level and local Institute level over the life of the Agreement.

These assurances are intended to reflect TAFE's guarantee that the essential work of
full-time and part-time Teachers and Head Teachers will continue.

In relation to the proposed Educational Leader role, TAFE has shared with bargaining representatives, draft Guidelines and Criteria for the Establishment and Recruitment of Head Teachers and Educational Leaders which distinguish the two roles and outline the contexts where one or other of the roles is appropriate. We anticipate sharing these with you all soon.

In the interests of staff having an opportunity to vote on a new Enterprise Agreement before the end of the year, TAFE will be meeting with bargaining representatives again on Friday.

A draft Enterprise Agreement has been developed and shared with representatives. We will make this available as soon as possible so you have the opportunity to read what has been incorporated.

In the meantime if you have any comments or questions please email the TAFE-EABargainingTeam.

Elizabeth McGregor

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


23 November 2012

Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement

Audio: Enterprise bargaining for the Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement continues. Elizabeth McGregor, institute director of North Coast TAFE, and Paul Ingwersen, a director at the Riverina Institute, talk with Peter Jordan about the latest developments.

Link to MP3 audio: http://www.det.nsw.edu.au/media/downloads/about-us/news-at-det/announcements/tafe-nsw-teachers-salary-negotiations/tafe21nov.mp3


23 November 2012

Update: Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement

Colleagues,

Enterprise bargaining discussions are continuing.

At the meeting on 21 November, the TAFE NSW bargaining team gave several commitments on matters related to the proposed support roles. In particular, TAFE responded to concerns expressed by the AEU and other employee representatives about how the proposed new classification of Tutor Instructor 2 would be used.

While reaffirming the need for the package of new roles to support compliance, increase completions and assist us to compete for new work, TAFE agreed to negotiate a range of assurances within the new agreement to give staff clarity that Teachers will remain central to our educational delivery. These assurances included:

1. Restricting the use of the new role of Tutor Instructor 2, so that it can only be employed for new enterprise-based contracts as  part of the mix of a delivery team

2. Definitions, role descriptions and qualifications required for the new support roles that clearly distinguish these classifications from the role of Teacher

3. The establishment of monitoring and accountability arrangements at the state and local Institute levels to provide transparency about the mix of professional and paraprofessional staff across the organisation. The existence of these arrangements would be referenced within the Agreement.

In Institute forums people have asked about the implications for Teachers of the Agreement and the new classifications.  In short, people who are employed as Teachers would continue to work as Teachers across the full spectrum of professional duties and be paid as Teachers under the new Agreement. The new Agreement will not reclassify or change teachers, the teaching role, teaching duties or related duties. These would remain exactly as they are at present.

Further, position descriptions for the support roles - and other limitations described above - make it clear that the use of these new classifications for teaching will not be possible.

TAFE's offer continues as:

  • A 2.5% pay increase per annum over 2013-2015 and no change in conditions of employment for any existing roles
  • The removal of restrictions to allow Part Time Casual Teachers to compete for the full range of permanent and temporary jobs on merit
  • The removal of the weighted hours formula to establish and grade Head Teacher positions
  • New roles to assist with completions and compliance, help win new business and create wider career paths and entry points for teaching and leadership roles. Draft position descriptions are available to provide detail about the new roles and how they would participate in a teaching team.

To hear more about the recent bargaining meeting, listen to the podcast above.

Elizabeth McGregor

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


14 November 2012

Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement

Audio: Enterprise bargaining for the Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement continues. Elizabeth McGregor, institute director of North Coast TAFE, and Paul Ingwersen, a director at the Riverina Institute, talk with Peter Jordan about the latest developments.

Link to MP3 audio: ttp://www.det.nsw.edu.au/media/downloads/about-us/news-at-det/announcements/tafe-nsw-teachers-salary-negotiations/tafe13nov.mp3


14 November 2012

Update - TAFE Teachers Enterprise Agreement

Colleagues

Negotiations for a new agreement progressed yesterday.

The bargaining parties agreed in principle to:

  • not pursue any increase in direct teaching hours for a salary increase above 2.5 % per annum
  •  maintain current administrative arrangements allowing teachers to work up to five hours of related duties off-site subject to Institute business needs
  • an Agreement duration of 30 months, to 30 June 2015
  •  the inclusion of Bradfield College Agreement as a Schedule to the new Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement.

Discussions about other elements of TAFE's proposal, such as the new classifications and arrangements for establishing and recruiting Head Teachers and the proposed new Educational Leader role, are continuing.

TAFE continues to offer a salary increase of 2.5% in each of 2013, 2014 and 2015, subject to a successful ballot on the final proposals incorporated in a new agreement.

You can listen to a podcast interview (see above) giving further detail of yesterday's meeting.

TAFE had signalled in earlier meetings our desire to establish a TAFE NSW Framework of Standards for Teaching Quality to support continuing professional development. Given the need for research and consultation to inform such a Framework, we will now progress this initiative in consultation with the AEU and staff outside the bargaining process.

The next bargaining meeting will be held on 21 November. We will continue to keep you informed of developments.

 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


7 November 2012

Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement

Audio: Enterprise bargaining for the Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement continues. Elizabeth McGregor, institute director of North Coast TAFE, and Paul Ingwersen, a director at the Riverina Institute, talk with Peter Jordan about the latest developments.

Link to MP3 audio: http://www.det.nsw.edu.au/media/downloads/about-us/news-at-det/announcements/tafe-nsw-teachers-salary-negotiations/tafe07nov.mp3


7 November 2012

Update on bargaining meeting-Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement

Colleagues

Another enterprise bargaining meeting was held today with representatives of the AEU and self-nominating representatives. The focus of the meeting was further discussion on the proposals for a new agreement put forward by TAFE NSW and outlined in our letter to representatives on 25 October.

TAFE NSW provided a table of proposed salaries from 2013 to 2015 based on a 2.5% wage increase from the first pay period after 1.1.2013, if a ballot for a new agreement is successfully passed by a majority of employees who vote before the end of the year. Other salary options beyond 2.5% were outlined in earlier meetings.

A podcast interview (see above) gives you a further update on TAFE's proposals for discussion.

In brief, TAFE's proposals aim to:

  • maintain current classifications, functions and conditions of TAFE education staff in return for a salary increase of 2.5% per annum
  • broaden career paths
  • allow part-time casual teachers to apply for all positions in TAFENSW for which they are qualified
  • address issues Head Teachers raised during consultations last year
  • create new roles that will support us to improve completions, meet ASQA compliance, and be more competitive in work that other RTOs currently dominate
  • help with succession planning by opening up new entry level pathways.

Several other pieces of information have been made available at meetings to help clarify TAFE's proposals. These include slides explaining TAFE's position in more detail and an information sheet on the proposed new support classifications of Tutor/Instructor and Assessor.

We are continuing negotiations with the AEU and other bargaining representatives next Tuesday.

If you have any questions please contact your local HR manager or send an email to TAFE-EABargainingTeam.

Elizabeth McGregor

On behalf of the
TAFE NSW Bargaining Team
Institute director, North Coast TAFE


31 October 2012

Message from TAFE NSW Bargaining team – Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement

Colleagues

Today we held a second bargaining meeting on the development of the next Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement . Discussions are continuing and our next meeting is scheduled for 7 November.

Elizabeth McGregor

On behalf of the
TAFE NSW Bargaining Team
Institute director, North Coast TAFE


TAFE's proposals for the Teachers and Related Employees agreement

26 October 2012

Colleagues

New information has been posted on the website giving more detail about TAFE's bargaining proposals for the new TAFE Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement, including Bradfield College.

This includes a copy of the letter and supporting material sent to the AEU and self-nominating bargaining representatives yesterday. The proposals in the letter will be discussed at our next scheduled bargaining meeting on 31 October.

In brief, the letter outlines TAFE's salary offer of 2.5 per cent per annum for the duration of the agreement to June 2015 and maintenance of key existing employment conditions. A successful ballot in early December would allow the salary increase to be paid from the beginning of 2013.

A salary increase above 2.5 per cent, in line with the NSW Government wages policy, can also be negotiated, if this were to be offset by employee related savings such as additional direct teaching hours per annum.

The letter and attachments also outline some new ideas that we believe will help us to defend TAFE's current work and win new work. These ideas are based on the principles of teamwork, specialisation and career paths, as illustrated in the information sheet.

The package of proposals

  • maintains all current classifications and functions
  • opens up a range of new career opportunities for all teachers and head teachers – permanent, temporary and casual – and for other classifications such as Education Officers and Consultants
  • aims to simplify a number of issues for Head Teachers and Part Time teachers, and
  • provides new entry level pathways via the creation of paraprofessional roles which will support sections with compliance, completions and new business opportunities.

I encourage you to read the information sheet summarising the initiatives that TAFE is proposing, and the detailed classification framework accompanying the proposal for negotiation. It shows the role descriptions, qualifications and conditions of both existing roles and potential new professional specialist and paraprofessional roles that we propose should also be covered under this Agreement.

The documents are for discussion at the next bargaining meeting on Wednesday 31 October. We will continue to keep you informed of ongoing developments.

Elizabeth McGregor

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


19 October 2012

Message from Pam Christie, DDG TAFE on enterprise bargaining communications

Colleagues

In my email of 10 October, I advised you that the bargaining for a new enterprise agreement for teachers and related employees was due to begin this week. The first bargaining meeting was held yesterday, 18 October, attended by the TAFE bargaining team and other bargaining representatives, including representatives of the Australian Education Union (AEU).

An update of the meeting, including links to materials discussed and information sheets, has been emailed to you by the TAFE bargaining team from a dedicated email address: TAFE-EABargainingTeam@tafensw.edu.au. Throughout the bargaining period you will receive regular updates from the TAFE bargaining team. I encourage you to look out for these emails and keep informed and involved. You can also use the TAFE-EABargainingTeam@tafensw.edu.au email address to send in any questions you may have with regard to the bargaining and the new enterprise agreement.

Information is also being uploaded onto this web page and I encourage you to look at the podcasts, videos and information packs on the proposals for the new agreement.

You can also discuss any questions with your local HR manager. I encourage you to participate in local discussions and to put forward your ideas to your representatives or your line managers.

An enterprise agreement is an agreement between staff and the employer and your participation in the process is highly valued.

Regards

Pam Christie
Deputy Director-General
TAFE and Community Education


19 October 2012

Message from TAFE NSW Bargaining team – Teachers and Related Staff Enterprise Agreement

Colleagues

On behalf of the TAFE NSW bargaining team, I'd like to let you know that today we held the first bargaining meeting to discuss a new enterprise agreement for Teachers and Related Staff including Bradfield College.

The meeting provided an opportunity for all parties to introduce their bargaining interests.

TAFE representatives outlined the challenges facing TAFE and the proposals that we would like to discuss during the negotiations to put the organisation on a strong footing in a rapidly changing environment.

A copy of the slides that we presented at the meeting is available on this web page as well as an information sheet related to the slides. You can also listen to a podcast to hear about the TAFE proposals.

A regular series of bargaining meetings has been agreed so that staff can have an opportunity to vote on a new agreement before the end of the year. The next meeting will take place on 31 October and TAFE will provide representatives with more detailed information prior to that meeting.

We see our workforce as the foundation of our future. The negotiating process offers a unique chance to maintain attractive conditions for employees while creating something new – varied career options and fresh alternatives in how we deliver our services.

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


18 October 2012

Teachers and related staff enterprise agreement

Audio: Elizabeth McGregor, institute director of North Coast TAFE, and Paul Ingwersen, a director at the Riverina Institute, talk with Peter Jordan about what was discussed at the first bargaining meeting.

Link to MP3 audio: http://www.det.nsw.edu.au/media/downloads/about-us/news-at-det/announcements/tafe-nsw-teachers-salary-negotiations/teachers18oct.mp3

 


15 October 2012

Link to Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=US7eaoN4cdY

Video: Pam Christie, deputy director-general, TAFE NSW and community education, discusses the commencement of bargaining for new enterprise agreements for TAFE education and management employees.


10 October 2012

Update from Pam Christie, DDG TAFE on enterprise bargaining

Colleagues

In my email on 21 September, I notified you about the start of bargaining on new TAFE NSW Commission enterprise agreements for:

  • Teachers and Related Employees (including Bradfield College employees)
  • Institute Managers, and
  • Teachers in TAFE Children's Centres.

The TAFE NSW bargaining team will be led by Elizabeth McGregor (Institute Director, North Coast Institute) and Paul Ingwersen (Riverina Institute) in collaboration with the Department's Industrial Relations team, led by Mark Philip. Other TAFE NSW officers, including Terri Connellan (South Western Sydney Institute) and Wendy Whittaker (Western Sydney Institute) will also participate in the bargaining process as the need arises.

For both agreements, in addition to union representatives, several individuals have nominated themselves as bargaining representatives. We are expecting the first series of meetings related to bargaining to commence next week.

The current context in which TAFE NSW operates presents a number of significant challenges and opportunities. We therefore want to work with all representatives to engage in constructive dialogue about this changing environment and its implications for our future workforce.

The bargaining team will keep you updated with regular information on bargaining proposals and the outcomes of bargaining as the negotiations proceed. I encourage you to participate in local discussions and to put forward your ideas to your representatives or your line managers.

And remember – an enterprise agreement is made with your vote.

Regards

Pam Christie
Deputy Director-General
TAFE and Community Education

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