Enterprise bargaining - administrative & support staff

4 December 2013

Colleagues

This email contains important information about the employee ballot for the proposed TAFE Commission of NSW Administrative, Support and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement 2013 (the ‘Agreement'), which will open on 12 December 2013.

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 Thursday, 12 December and close at 11.59PM on Monday, 16 December 2013 (Ballot Period).

How do I vote?

The ballot will be conducted by 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 for the Agreement; and
  • instructions on how to vote.

Employees, including employees on leave, will also receive voting information sent to their home address. This will contain the details on how to vote via the internet or telephone.

During the Ballot Period, you can vote on your computer at work or at home or 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;
  • a guide explaining the terms of the Agreement;
  • Information from Corpvote on how to vote in the ballot.

Copies of these documents and a full list of drafting changes included in the proposed Agreement 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.

If the Agreement is endorsed by a majority of staff who vote, a 2.27% salary increase will be payable from the first pay period on or after 1 November 2013, once the Agreement is approved by the Fair Work Commission. A further salary increase of 2.27% will be payable from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2014 under the Agreement.

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

Regards 

Pam Christie 
Managing Director of TAFE NSW 


4 December 2013

Conclusion of bargaining

Colleagues

I'm pleased to let you know that the recent round of enterprise bargaining on a new agreement for TAFE administrative and support staff has finished with a positive outcome.

TAFE NSW provided a revised wages offer and draft agreement to the unions and at this stage both the CPSU and the AWU have accepted the offer and given their support to the agreement.

TAFE's revised offer includes:

* a 2.27% increase to salaries, wages, and related allowances effective from the first pay period commencing on or after 1 November 2013 and 
* a further increase of 2.27% to salaries, wages and related allowances from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2014 
* The proposed agreement will operate until 30 June 2015.

This is in line with approval from the Government's Wages Policy Taskforce. 
Based on the above, we intend to proceed to ballot and I will send further details shortly on ballot dates and how to vote.

The discussions have been productive and a very positive signal of the mature working relationship of all involved.

I thank all those participating for their support during the process.

Regards

David Riordan
Institute Director 
TAFE NSW, Sydney Institute 
for the TAFE EA Bargaining Team


6 November 2013

Bargaining discussions recommence

Colleagues

I'm pleased to let you know that we met on Wednesday 30 October with the CPSU and other unions' bargaining representatives to resume negotiations on a draft Administrative, Support and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement.

The bargaining teams have jointly identified six outstanding matters for further discussion and we have agreed on a schedule of meetings running till the end of November.

At the meeting the parties expressed the aim of reaching final agreement on the draft agreement and conducting a ballot before the end of the year.

We are looking forward to a productive series of meetings and I will keep you informed of developments.

Regards

David Riordan
Institute Director
TAFE NSW, Sydney Institute
for the TAFE EA Bargaining Team


2 September 2013

Colleagues

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

  • 2466 people voted NO (71% of the ballot)
  • 994 voted YES (29% of the ballot).

A total of 3,460 people voted, or just over 59.1% of the 5,582 people eligible to cast a vote.

This means that TAFE's current offer lapses and the current Agreement continues until a new Agreement is approved.

Thank you to all those who took part in the vote. I will keep you informed about further developments.

Regards

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


16 August 2013

Commencement of access period

Colleagues

This email contains important information about the employee ballot for the proposed TAFE Commission of NSW Administrative, Support and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement 2013 (the ‘Agreement'), which will open on 26 August 2013.

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 26 August and close at 11.59PM on 1 September (Ballot Period).

How do I vote?

The ballot will be conducted by 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 for the Agreement; and
  • instructions on how to vote.

Employees, including employees on leave, will also receive voting information sent to their home address. This will contain the details on how to vote via email or telephone.   

During the Ballot Period, you can vote on your computer at work or at home or 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;
  • a guide explaining the terms of the Agreement;
  • Information from Corpvote on how to vote in the ballot.

Copies of these documents and a full list of drafting changes included in the proposed Agreement 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 2.27%. If the Agreement is endorsed by a majority of staff who vote, a 2.27% salary increase will be payable from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2013, once the 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

 

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