Enterprise bargaining - teachers

28 October 2013

Approval of new agreement

Colleagues

I'm pleased to let you know that the Fair Work Commission has approved the TAFE Commission of NSW Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement 2013.

The salary increase associated with the new agreement will be included in the pay of 21 November 2013 and is effective from the first pay period after 1 July 2013.

The TAFE NSW and Australian Education Union Joint Management Committee will meet shortly to establish arrangements for the trial of the new education support and leadership roles introduced through the new agreement. I will keep you informed about these developments.

I would like to thank staff for their support for our new enterprise agreement. I look forward to working together to explore the opportunities that the agreement presents to us all.

Regards

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


23 September 2013

Ballot result

Colleagues

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

  • 5,344 people voted Yes ( 87% of the ballot)
  • 829 voted No (13% of the ballot).

A total of 6,173 people voted, or 42.8% of the 14,434 people eligible to cast a vote.

Thank you to all those who took part in the vote. Your support for the new Agreement is a significant development for TAFE NSW. This is a very important step in helping to create a more secure future for TAFE NSW.

TAFE NSW will now apply to the Fair Work Commission to have the agreement approved. The pay rise of 2.5%, effective from 1 July, will be payable to employees from the pay period after notification of the Agreement's approval by the Commission.

We will continue to work closely with the Australian Education Union to implement the trial of new roles approved at the ballot and will keep you informed of progress.

TAFE aims to ensure we achieve the best possible results from the new Agreement for all our staff, and especially for the students and employers we serve.

Thank you all for your ongoing support in this effort.

Regards
David Riordan
R/Managing Director of TAFE NSW


12 September 2013

Reminder: Voting open 16-20 September

Colleagues,

Your chance to support the new enterprise agreement starts this Monday 16 September and closes Friday 20 September.

The Managing Director, Pam Christie, has released a vodcast today encouraging everyone to get involved in the ballot for the agreement. You can watch it by clicking the video tab on the website.

Casting your vote is an opportunity to have your say in a significant TAFE NSW-wide development that underpins your pay increase and working conditions, and is important for TAFE's future.

Why vote Yes?
Your participation and ‘Yes' vote at the ballot ensures:

  • a pay increase of 2.5 % effective from 1 July and two further increase of 2.27% and 2.15% from the first pay period on or after 1 January 2014 and 2015 respectively
  • all employment conditions and entitlements maintained and an ongoing commitment to the arrangement preserving 5 hours related duties off-site
  • new career opportunities opened up for part-time casual teachers by removing recruitment restrictions to the full range of permanent and temporary TAFE jobs.

We've worked through the issues that were creating an impasse in past bargaining negotiations. We are pleased that we have the AEU's and most other bargaining representatives' support for the agreement including a limited trial of new education support and leadership positions.

The trial would allow us to look closely at how the new roles can work to help us confront new competition. I encourage you to listen to the MD's vodcast by visiting the website and clicking the video tab. You can also read the Q and As there to find out more.

Please feel free to send any other questions to the bargaining team or ask your local HR team.

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


6 September 2013

Enterprise Agreement-Opening of Access Period

Colleagues

This email contains important information about the employee ballot for the proposed TAFE Commission of NSW Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement 2013 (the ‘Agreement') which will open on Monday, 16 September 2013. This Agreement includes teachers and related employees at Bradfield College.

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 whether they will vote for it)
  • the ballot will open at 12.01am on Monday 16 September 2013 and close at 11.59pm on Friday 20 September 2013 (the ‘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
  • 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.

The Agreement refers to agreed procedures to support a trial of new education support and leadership roles which have been developed during bargaining. The documents that relate to the trial are:

  • Trial of new education support and leadership roles in TAFE NSW -Agreed Procedures
  • Statements of duties for proposed new roles - Education Support Officer, Assessor, and Head Teacher Band 3
  • Guidelines for the Establishment and Recruitment of Head Teacher Band 3 positions.

These documents and all material related to the proposed Agreement are available on the TAFE NSW enterprise agreement website. Click on the 'Ballot information' tab.

I encourage you to read the material on the website carefully.

Your institute or portfolio area will also provide information about the Agreement and the voting process. Copies of this material 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 salary increases of:

  • 2.5% from the first pay period commencing on or after 1 July 2013,
  • 2.27% from the first pay period on or after 1 January in 2014, and
  • 2.15% from the first pay period on or after 1 January 2015.

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 1 July 2013, once the Agreement is approved by the Fair Work Commission.

The new Agreement represents a significant and positive development for TAFE's future in an era of change.

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


4 September 2013

Enterprise bargaining: TAFE's new offer

Colleagues

As you know, enterprise bargaining on the TAFE Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement has resumed with the AEU and other self-nominating representatives.

We've worked closely with the AEU to develop a proposal that addresses the concerns many of you voiced during previous bargaining rounds, especially in relation to the introduction of new roles. There's also been discussion with other bargaining representatives on this.

The process has been positive and we have made a new offer which we hope to take to ballot prior to the next student vacation.

TAFE's new offer

The key elements of TAFE's offer are:

  • A restricted trial of new education support and leadership roles
  • A 24 month Agreement with the following salary increases:
    • a 2.5% pay increase from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2013;
    • a 2.27% pay increase from the first pay period on or after 1 January 2014; and
    • 2.15% pay increase from the first pay period on or after 1 January 2015
  • All existing leave entitlements and allowances maintained
  • New eligibility for part-time casual teachers for the full range of TAFE careers.

A trial of new roles

The voluntary trial of temporary Assessor, Education Support Officer and Head Teacher Band 3 roles, undertaken through expression of interest by teaching departments, will allow TAFE to adapt to the changes we're facing and test how the roles can be used as part of that change.

There are extensive safeguards built into the trial procedures, including restricting new roles to commercial and contestable business and limiting them in number. The trial will be jointly oversighted by TAFE and AEU representatives. It will expire at the end of the Agreement and will be independently evaluated by an external researcher.

A pay increase from 1 July

TAFE's core offer of a pay rise along with maintenance of all your key conditions and entitlements continues.

The pay offer is in line with current NSW Government Wages Policy. The NSW Government Wages Policy includes the phased increases for the superannuation guarantee within the 2.5% per annum cap on increases to employee related costs.

The superannuation guarantee increases that affect the proposed Agreement are:

  • 0.25% from 1 July 2013;
  • 0.25 % from 1 July 2014;
  • 0.5% from 1 July 2015.

These amounts go directly into employee superannuation funds.

The pay increase will be effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July if the agreement is supported. Subject to the ballot, the State government has allowed TAFE to offer an increase from 1 July because of the current challenge in the in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission to the inclusion of the superannuation increases as an employee related cost in relation to NSW public sector salary awards.

As we go to ballot, this matter has not yet been resolved. Therefore, TAFE has provided an undertaking that we will follow wages policy outcomes at the state level, and pass on any additional increases to TAFE employees under this Agreement that might arise in resolution of the issue.

More information?

You can find support documents on the website with more details on the new offer, including:

For questions and answers, go to the enterprise bargaining-Teachers page and click on the Q and A tab.

You will receive an email from the Managing Director, Pam Christie with details of the forthcoming ballot and the voting process. In the meantime, please check out the answers to questions you may have, or send your own questions to the TAFE bargaining team.

Regards

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


30 August 2013

Colleagues

I would like to update you on progress related to the development of the Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement.

TAFE NSW has recommenced bargaining with Australian Education Union representatives and also with self-nominating bargaining representatives.

We are getting closer to finalising these discussions and are aiming to hold a ballot on the proposed Enterprise Agreement towards the end of term 3.

Before then I'll be able to provide you with details of our new offer and a draft Agreement for your consideration ahead of the ballot.

Regards

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


17 July 2013

I'd like to update you about what's been happening in relation to the development of the new Enterprise Agreement for Teachers and Related Employees.

In my last email I said that TAFE NSW and AEU representatives were planning discussions to examine in depth the outstanding issues.

These meetings have been taking place and it's been a positive process. We have been working together with a facilitator to establish common ground for the next round of enterprise bargaining.

I anticipate that bargaining will reconvene shortly so that we can then provide you with a new draft of the Enterprise Agreement. You will then have the opportunity to cast a vote on a revised proposal.

I will continue to keep you informed of progress.

Regards,

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


21 May 2013

Colleagues

A number of staff have asked me about progress on enterprise bargaining for a new Agreement for Teachers and Related Employees.

TAFE NSW and the AEU are currently in direct discussions to progress the matter and several meetings are planned over the coming weeks to examine in depth the outstanding issues between us.

I anticipate that formal bargaining will resume shortly and I will continue to keep you informed about developments.

Regards,

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


News updates and supporting information related to previous bargaining rounds on the TAFE Teachers and Related Employees Agreement, 2013 Archive - teachers agreement bargaining 2012-2013


Enterprise Agreements 2013 – TAFE educational and related employees

21 September 2012

Colleagues

I am writing to inform you that TAFE NSW is about to commence the negotiation of new enterprise agreements for all educational and related employee classifications, and institute manager classifications, covered under the following enterprise agreements:

The current agreements expire on 31 December 2012.

It is proposed to include the employment arrangements for Bradfield College employees as a schedule to the teachers and related employees enterprise agreement. As a result, there will be one agreement and ballot for this expanded group of employees.

As we work to develop these new enterprise agreements, I look forward to productive engagement with all employees and representatives involved in the bargaining process.

Your support for the development of these agreements is very important, not only as a means of rewarding your work and commitment, but also to position TAFE NSW for the future.

TAFE NSW is entering an era of significant challenges in the operating environment, particularly increasing competition. Our solutions in how TAFE is positioned to enter this new period will be vital to ensure TAFE NSW is sustainable and successful.

Representation during negotiations

Today I have written to the Australian Education Union (AEU) and the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) about commencing negotiations to develop the new enterprise agreements. You can find a copy of these letters at the right of this page.

An important part of the enterprise bargaining process is your right to nominate a bargaining representative to participate in the negotiations on your behalf. There are three ways you can be represented during the negotiations:

If you wish to nominate a bargaining representative to represent you during the negotiation process (including yourself), send an email to TAFE&CEDDG@det.nsw.edu.au. The email must include your full name and electronic signature, along with details of the representative you seek to appoint. It is proposed the first bargaining meeting take place in the week commencing 8 October 2012. However, you can nominate a bargaining representative at any time during the bargaining process.

Further information on your rights to representation during the negotiation process is available on this site.

If you have any questions you can contact your local human resources manager. The Fair Work Australia website has very useful information about enterprise agreements or you can also call their Infoline on 1300 799 675.

I will continue to keep you informed as the negotiations proceed and updates will be posted regularly on the Department's website.

Regards

Pam Christie
Deputy Director-General
TAFE and Community Education 

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