CPSU NSW members update – Group 4 Restructure

Oct 19, 2017

CPSU NSW members update – Group 4 Restructure – October 2017 (PDF version)

Your union has been involved in further consultation around the ETG, Regions and TAFE Digital Group 4 restructure.

TAFE NSW has advised us that letters were being emailed to all affected staff on 16 and 17 October in regard to how they are individually impacted.

If you are an EPRO, a SELIO or a level 2 worker who has concerns about being a long term temporary employee, please put in a request for a review IMMEDIATELY.

You will find a link to the online review form in your letter from TAFE.

You only have 5 days from receipt of your letter to request a review, so make sure you submit it as soon as possible. Outcomes of reviews will be known by early November.

If you are a permanent employee, be advised that there are 88 level 2 positions affected but 93 level 3 positions available.

We are hearing from members that they either have not received their letters or their letters are incorrect. (A number of members in Level 2 positions have received letters advising them incorrectly that they can match to Level 3.) This is disappointing at best. If you have any concerns about your letter, please contact the Member Support Centre and your union will raise the issue for you.

We are informed that there are likely to be several pools so various techniques may be used, including videoconference, to conduct interviews. In order to give yourself the best possible chance, please utilise TAFE’s external provider, Hudsons, and take advantage of everything they have to offer: workshops, courses, interview skills, resumé writing.

You should be able to find every available position in the Mapping/Not Mapping section of the Change documentation. Take a look through this if you have not been matched. Check what jobs are available at grade. If you are a TW Level 9 you can apply for a TAFE Manager Level 1 at Step 6. Remember that TAFE will only provide salary maintenance for 3 months if you choose to drop a grade.

If you are able to self-match at step 3 of the placement process and don’t, HR will approach you to see if you want a voluntary redundancy.

We also understand that there will be an extra 30 indigenous roles and TAFE will be targeting 40 roles in total. If you are not indigenous and you’re sitting in a role that TAFE has identified as being for an indigenous person please get in touch with us if you need help.

If you have to wait until Step 6 please remember the Employee Assistance Program is available to all staff.

If you need further advice please contact the Member Support Centre who will put you in touch with your Industrial Officer.

It is important that you continue to have a say and your voice is heard.

You can support the work of the union and your local delegates by joining the CPSU NSW.

Please forward this to your colleagues so that they know their rights and encourage them to JOIN THE CPSU.

Please note, CPSU NSW members are also members of the Public Service Association of NSW. The PSA is the Associated Body for, and resources and manages, the CPSU NSW

CPSU NSW North Coast TAFE member update – Group 4 restructure

Oct 13, 2017

CPSU NSW North Coast TAFE member update – Group 4 restructure – October 2017 (PDF version)

Your union has been involved in further consultation around the ETG, Regions and TAFE Digital Group 4 restructure. We have been pushing particularly hard for due consideration for EPROs and SELIOs on temporary contracts who, as a result of restructures such as CLEAR, do not make the two-year requirement for placement.

As there is currently no guarantee of placement for TAFE Worker Level 2, we have been fighting to give those members a chance to match in the new structure.

The CPSU NSW has been advocating for members only, and we have some important news for you.

If you are a member, and you’re in an EPRO, SELIO or Level 2 position, please join us on a very important teleconference on Tuesday 17 October at 1.30 pm.

Teleconference details:

To join the conference:

Dial toll-free: 1800 904 677

Enter this access code: 0111170.

You may invite your colleagues to attend if they first JOIN THE CPSU https://membership.psa.asn.au/Register

Please note, CPSU NSW members are also members of the Public Service Association of NSW. The PSA is the Associated Body for, and resources and manages, the CPSU NSW.

CPSU NSW members’ update – Group 4 restructure

Sep 27, 2017

CPSU NSW members’ update – Group 4 restructure – September 2017 (PDF version)

Your union submitted feedback to TAFE NSW in regard to the Group 4 Restructure. This submission was informed by the feedback you, as members, sent to us. A copy of the submission is attached HERE.

We expect TAFE NSW will be releasing its response to the feedback in the next few weeks and will then produce an implementation document which your union will be responding to on your behalf.

The CPSU NSW will be advocating for members only, so staff who are affected and not yet members will need to JOIN the CPSU NSW today. If you know anyone in this position, please talk with them about joining now.

Share this update with your colleagues; ask your colleagues to JOIN the CPSU NSW; remind your colleagues that they can also save money if they JOIN the CPSU NSW through the union’s Value Added Services.

It is important that you continue to have a say and your voice is heard. You can support the work of the union and your local delegates by joining the CPSU.

Please forward this to your colleagues so that they know their rights, and encourage them to JOIN THE CPSU.

Value Added Services: only for members of the CPSU NSW

Journey Insurance comes automatically for all CPSU NSW members. This covers you for lost wages if you have an accident on the way to or from work. The employer’s workers’ compensation does not cover journey claims.

All CPSU NSW members are entitled to join the Provident Fund. This provides a one-off payment of $3,500 to the nominated beneficiary or estate of any member under 70 who dies.

Union Shopper is also available. It provides discounts on a wide range of products and services from cars, whitegoods, travel, wine, restaurants and grocery shopping. With Union Shopper you can reduce your grocery costs by 10 per cent through Woolworths and Coles gift cards.

For members who spend $150 a week on groceries, this can save you $15 a week, or $780 a year. Membership fees for the CPSU NSW range from $3.55 per week to $14.50 per week and are tax deductible.

For further details around even more Value Added Services, visit our website HERE.

You can JOIN the CPSU NSW HERE.

www.facebook.com/CPSUnsw

Please note, CPSU NSW members are also members of the Public Service Association of NSW. The PSA is the Associated Body for, and resources and manages, the CPSU NSW.

TAFE Group 4 restructure update

Aug 22, 2017

TAFE Group 4 restructure update – August 2017 (PDF version)

Your union attended a briefing on 17 August for further consultation around the ETG, Regions and TAFE Digital Group 4 restructure. There will be further briefings for the remaining consultation period which your union will also attend.

Placement process and mapping

There is currently no guarantee of placement for TAFE Worker Levels 2. We are fighting to secure your positions within this restructure.

During the meeting held with TAFE, the CPSU NSW raised your concerns around the placement process and the disadvantages being faced by many. In particular, TAFE Workers Level 2 and many who have been in long term temporary and higher duty positions for less than 2 years, yet working for TAFE for longer. These issues see some being disadvantaged through no fault of their own.

Your union is seeking changes or exemptions to the placement process to allow a more equitable process to occur and to secure more positions for those of you already working as part of the TAFE team.

We are raising concerns around the Location Consideration of Placement and pursuing having a more localised focus on filling positions.

We are also putting forward a placement process that will allow current staff who may be displaced at the end of this process, to have priority and early access to any unfilled roles, prior to the position going to market. This will guarantee current staff the maximum opportunity to be placed.

The union will be advocating for CPSU NSW members only, so staff who are affected and not yet members will need to join before 28 August. If you know anyone in this position, please talk with them about joining now.

The union will continue to have consultation meetings with management to raise member concerns during the process so we need members to submit their feedback to us at tafe@psa.asn.au.

Feedback closes 28 August so we need your feedback in by COB 23 August.

It is important that you continue to have a say and your voice is heard. You can support the work of the union and your local delegates by joining the CPSU NSW.

Please forward this to your colleagues so that they know their rights, and encourage them to JOIN the CPSU NSW at membership.psa.asn.au/Register.

Please note, CPSU NSW members are also members of the Public Service Association of NSW. The PSA is the Associated Body for, and resources and manages, the CPSU NSW.

www.facebook.com/CPSUnsw

TAFE NSW ICT Interim arrangements

Aug 4, 2017

TAFE NSW ICT Interim arrangements – August 2017 (PDF version)

Your union was briefed by Alex Demetre, HR Business Partner for ICT and Donna Wilcox Head of Workplace Relations at TAFE Corporate.

We were informed that there will be a repointing exercise plus interim arrangements until the end of the year.

No jobs will be lost and no positions will have changed duties.

There were 10 different groups which are now coming into functional lines.

The General Managers will be holding individual videoconferences to clarify what will be happening.

These are not mandatory but we advise members to attend.

TAFE NSW have stated there are opportunities for training and professional development.

We encourage members to take advantage of these opportunities and to come back to us with any concerns.

The cutting of the ties with DoE means that TAFE NSW will require more capability from its staff.

If current staff have the skills, we are told that there will be jobs available.

If not, there will be a contingent labour force brought in until the end of the year while current staff are trained.

There will then be merit selection processes. Current TAFE staff will be trained and upskilled so that they can apply for these positions.

CPSU NSW will be watching to ensure that agency staff are not appointed ahead of TAFE staff.

TAFE NSW have committed to sending out transitional structure charts in the coming weeks.

We recommend that members take a close look at these and raise any concerns with Alex Demetre in the first instance and then with your local delegate followed by the CPSU NSW Member Support Centre.

Your current Industrial Officer, Phoebe Dangerfield, will be on leave until the end of September. Your acting Industrial Officer, Graydon Welsh, can be contacted on gwelsh@psa.asn.au.

It is important that you continue to have a say and your voice is heard. You can support the work of the union and your local delegates by joining the CPSU NSW.

Please forward this to your colleagues so that they know their rights, and encourage them to JOIN the CPSU NSW.

TAFE wide restructure – TAFE NSW reporting that 2500 positions affected

Aug 4, 2017

TAFE wide restructure – TAFE NSW reporting that 2500 positions affected – August 2017 (PDF version)

The CPSU NSW met with TAFE NSW management yesterday for a briefing on the proposed Organisation Changes for Education and Training Group, Regions and TAFE Digital.

There are at least 1630 individual people who will be impacted by this, including Teachers, Customer Support, Clerical Support, Executive Assistants, Administrative Support, Class Support, Campus Managers, Faculty/Business/Executive Support Officers, Team Leaders, TAFE Managers.

Every CPSU NSW member needs to read through the documentation and provide their feedback during AUGUST. You only have FOUR WEEKS from Monday to read the proposed changes, ask questions, review the FAQ pages as they are updated and submit your feedback.

This is one of the largest restructures across TAFE NSW that we have seen in many, many years. Overall, TAFE NSW is expecting an increase of 291 employees. What positions remain, where the positions remain is in the detail, so please read the documentation carefully.

IMPORTANT – TAFE Worker Levels 2, 3 & 4

The single biggest impact is for 575.8 FTE positions across TWL 2, 3 & 4, affecting 521 people.

TAFE Worker Level 2 – 102 people -> possible access to TWL 3 positions.

TAFE Worker Level 3 – 230 people -> 315.4 FTE positions at TWL 3.

TAFE Worker Level 4 – 189 people -> 126.6 FTE positions at TWL 4, with 11 FTE position at TWL 5 with no current TWL 5 employees affected.

TAFE NSW has assured the CPSU that people at TWL 2 will be given priority assessment against external applicants when applying for a TAFE Worker Level 3 position. However employees at TAFE Worker Level 4 may also be competing for a TWL 3 position as well.

TAFE Worker Level 9 employees are also impacted with 13 people for 5 FTE positions. However there is an increase in TAFE Manager 1 positions (an additional 35 FTE) and TAFE Worker Level 8 positions (an additional 23 FTE).

This is why every CPSU member needs to read the proposal. See if you are affected, see what the proposed impacts may be, ask questions during the scheduled meetings, read the FAQs and come back to check any updates, and most importantly provide your feedback. Feedback can be provided HERE.

The CPSU NSW is here to support members during this process. The CPSU will be arranging members meetings to discuss the restructure and to collate members feedback. Please let us know about any urgent problems so we can raise them with management during the process. Make sure you provide feedback directly to the link above as well as to the union. You can send feedback to gwelsh@psa.asn.au.

What to look out for:

Find your current position, and see if any of the proposed positions are similar – you may be directly placed, pooled assessed and/or self-matched.

Look for where the new position may be, and if the location is variable. Regardless of what TAFE NSW says, if you are directly placed to a position at a location that you feel is unreasonable, then contact the CPSU NSW on 1300 772 679.

Check the classifications, read the Position Descriptions and check against the Work Level Standards in the back of the Enterprise Agreement. You can find a copy of the TAFE Administrative Support and Related Enterprise Agreement by clicking HERE.

And remember, provide your feedback – and let your union know if there are any key problems with the proposal, or if your questions and concerns are not addressed.

Ask your colleagues to JOIN the CPSU NSW online HERE. Your Union will keep in touch with members throughout this process so keep an eye out for updates and meeting schedules.

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