Download PDF: TAFE response – CPSU Log of Claims
The TAFE Commission of NSW Administrative, Support and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement 2012 nominally expires on 30 June 2013.
The initial bargaining meeting will be held on 6 May 2013.
The CPSU/PSA has completed the first two stages of campaigning for the new enterprise agreement:
Stage 1 was to educate members and potential members on the differences between their previous Award and new Enterprise Agreement. This included conducting over 60 know your rights lunch and learns between 11-22 March
Stage 2 was developing a draft log of claims and seeking member endorsement of the log of claims. We held 66 endorsement meetings across the state.
The draft log of claims has been developed using the feedback we received from members during our Listening campaign last year.
It’s your log of claims and it’s what you think that really matters.
We want to know what you think about the draft log of claims.
So we have developed a short online survey to allow you to provide us with feedback.
The survey should take not more than five minutes and is only open to members of the CPSU in TAFE NSW.
Complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TAFEEB
Please try and complete the survey before Monday 8 April 2013.
The results from the survey will assist us to prioritise what is most important to you.
From 8 to 19 April we will hold member endorsement meetings across TAFE to allow you to vote on the log of claims before we present it to TAFE management and commence enterprise bargaining.
The NSW Government has released a draft Quality Framework for vocational education and training in NSW. The Framework is designed to improve the standard of training delivery across the State to support the implementation of Smart and Skilled reforms from July 2014.
The Framework builds on the national quality standards to deliver better outcomes for students and employers in NSW. It aims to promote a transparent and cohesive approach to quality where all stakeholders play a part, from students to employers and industry.
Consultations on the draft Framework will be held with peak provider bodies, industry and community organisations from 26 February to 22 March 2013.
The Framework can be downloaded here. It will also be published on the NSW Government’s Have Your Say website from 25 February at http://www.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/
As you may know the Institute Director has informed staff that stage 1 of the Sydney Institute proposed business reforms has been completed.
This morning the unions met with Institute management and were informed the Institute has made a decision to introduce certain major changes as a result of the finalisation of stage 1.
What are those changes?
Unfortunately management did not provide us with all the relevant details.
However we were told that the impact on support staff in stage 1 will not be as dramatic as anticipated last year.
We were also told that 59 “potentially impacted staff” staff would receive letters today outlining how they would be affected. Of those 59 apparently nine staff will be told their position has been declared excess/redundant.
It appears that at this stage the vast majority of the 59 staff are teaching staff.
However it appears that as a result of stage 2 there will be more support staff directly affected.
What was the Union’s response?
Our ability to provide a full and considered response was limited because management failed to provide all the relevant information that we have requested and which they are obliged to provide under the Enterprise Agreement.
The PSA/CPSU initially requested the Institute provide the union with all relevant information regarding proposed changes on 23 November 2012 (see attachment below).
We had anticipated we would receive this information today. We did not get this information.
The PSA/CPSU has again requested that all relevant information be provided to the union. The Institute Director told us that we would get a response to that request by the end of today, 23/1/2013.
If we are not provided with the required information we will need to lodge a dispute.
What information have we asked for?
I attach a copy of our 23 November letter which outlines the information we have asked for.
The provision of this information is important for the process of consultation under the Enterprise Agreement.
It is important so the union can ensure that your rights and interests are protected.
Where to next?
if you are a member of the PSA/CPSU and you receive a letter today then you should contact Leon Parissi or email firstname.lastname@example.org requesting advice or assistance.
we will hold member meetings over the next two weeks across the Institute. When we have finalised arrangements for the meetings we will email you and also put details up at www.ourtafe.org.au
The PSA/CPSU and AEU (the teachers union) are planning to hold a joint forum to discuss our campaigns to fight the attacks on TAFE by the NSW Government. We will let you know the details ASAP.
Andrew Holland (Senior Industrial Officer, PSA/CPSU) and Leon Parissi (PSA/CPSU delegate)
TAFE Commission of NSW Administrative, Support and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement 2012 has now been approved by Fair Work Australia.
Paper by Christoper Stone, Research Director, Public Service Research Program.
This paper is a review and synthesis of some of the most relevant and recent data and
analysis on the state of TAFEs in Australia, in the context of ongoing changes to the VET
system, and with a focus on the implications of these changes for TAFEs in NSW. This
independent research is produced with tied funding from the NSW Public Service
Conservative governments across Australia have targeted TAFE: cutting funding, increasing fees, an implementing market-based contestable funding models.
This is privatisation by stealth.
PSA/CPSU has produced a brochure, “ourTAFE matters”, to explain our position to the ublic. The brochure is attached for you to print or pass on.