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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.

TAFE NSW Group 4 Restructure update

Aug 3, 2017

TAFE NSW Group 4 Restructure update – August 2017 (PDF version)

Your union attended a briefing on 1 August for the Business Development and Strategy and Policy elements of the Group 4 restructure. There will be a further briefing for the remaining affected areas on 3 August which your union will also attend.

Business Development

There will be a Central Team with some regional areas. The Central Team will not necessarily be in Sydney. TAFE NSW has provided functional maps. We recommend that you look at these and make sure you ask questions about anything you don’t understand.

138 positions are impacted. 85 will be eligible for matching. 53 will be able to apply at step 6 of the placement process. TAFE worker levels 3 and 4 and SEOs are mostly impacted. Staff can choose to opt in or opt out depending if they want to stay in their substantive role or go for the higher role if they have been doing higher duties. There will also be transition roles which will be temporary. Locations for most roles will be optional. If you want to opt in or out of this restructure you must talk to HR now. Please come back to us if there are problems and we will intercede on your behalf.

The union will continue to have consultation meetings with management to raise member concerns during the process so we need you to submit feedback to us. Feedback closes 28 August so we need your views by COB 23 August.

Strategy and Policy

This is the other half of the Finance Review from Group 1. EAs in the regions who were left out of Group 1 will be picked up here.

According to TAFE NSW, this restructure will enable the regions to focus on delivery. 35 positions are impacted, with 34 positions currently vacant.

An Organisational Chart has been provided which members should look at. Positions currently based in Ultimo will need to remain there as TAFE Corporate is based in Ultimo. The rest of the positions can be location optional so you can opt to stay in your current location.

The areas mostly affected by this review are Ultimo, Kingswood, St Leonards, Port Macquarie. We need members to send their feedback to us as soon as possible so that we can raise individual concerns quickly. Feedback closes 28 August.

The union will be advocating for 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.

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 NSW Managers Enterprise Agreement update

Jul 28, 2017

TAFE NSW Managers Enterprise Bargaining Agreement update – July 2017 (PDF version)

Commission of NSW TAFE Managers Enterprise Agreement 2017

In line with our recent bulletin in regard to the finalisation of the TAFE Commission of NSW TAFE Managers’ Enterprise Agreement 2017, your union is recommending a YES vote based on members endorsing the Agreement through a Survey Monkey.

The PSA/CPSU NSW has negotiated a two-year Agreement with a 2.5 per cent per annum pay rise.

There is also provision for conversion from temporary contract to ongoing employment for currently employed managers. This is within a policy position provided by TAFE where it has discretion to offer permanent employment for positions it considers will be ongoing and fit business needs. This position also allows for members undergoing restructures to be able to transition into a manager position without necessarily losing their current job security. Transition positions within and across the ongoing restructures within TAFE NSW will sit outside this provision.

The ballot opened on 27 July and is scheduled to close on 31 July. Please take this opportunity to make your voice count.

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

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

TAFE NSW member update

Jul 17, 2017

TAFE NSW member update – July 2017 (PDF version)

TAFE Managers Enterprise Agreement 2017

The PSA/CPSU NSW has negotiated a two-year Agreement with a 2.5% per annum pay rise.

There is also provision for conversion from temporary contract to ongoing employment for currently employed Managers and for TAFE to have discretion to offer permanent employment for positions that they consider will be ongoing and fit business needs.

This allows for members undergoing restructures to be able to transition into a Manager position without necessarily losing their current job security.

Transition positions within and across the ongoing restructures within TAFE NSW will sit outside this provision.

While TAFE NSW would not agree to a relocation allowance for staff who move voluntarily, they did agree to improve the wording within the flexible working hours clause to make it easier for Managers who work longer hours to access TOIL.

With regard to the Domestic Violence Leave clause, we were unable to secure a change to the accessing of Special Leave as TAFE NSW insists they are bound by the State Government’s policy of having to exhaust all other personal leave prior to accessing Special Leave for this purpose.

We did however indicate that it will be a priority in the next round of bargaining.

We are seeking the endorsement of members and a “Yes” vote. Members will be surveyed on 17 and 18 July 2017 in this regard. If you are a current TAFE Institute Manager and are covered under this agreement, you will be sent a link to a survey on Monday 17 July.  If you do not receive the link by COB on 17 July, please contact Chris Bird on cbird@psa.asn.au.

The access period will begin on 19 July with the ballot scheduled for 27 to 31 July.

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

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

North Coast Tafe – Member Update

Jul 3, 2017

North Coast Tafe – Member Update – July 2017 (PDF Version)

As a result of the CLEAR restructure, members in EPRO positions have raised concerns about potential disadvantage in the Placement Process when the Group 4 Restructure begins in August.

Your union has written to TAFE NSW expressing concern about the placement process and requesting that all EPROs be treated as longterm temps.  We have not yet had a response.

The PSA/CPSU is organising videoconferences in the near future so that you can discuss your concerns with us. We will advise you of times and locations as they are worked out.  To give as many members as possible a voice, we will wait until after the holidays to begin. Local delegate Brook Down will be in attendance and you are welcome to contact him for further information.

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

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

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