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TAFE NSW member update

Jun 23, 2017

TAFE NSW member update – 23 June 2017 (PDF Version)

On 22 June, 2017 TAFE NSW Managing Director Jon Black announced further information about the upcoming Group 4 reviews, designed to give staff more certainty about what is happening in TAFE.

Your union understands there will be a new online tool for staff to be able to work out which group they are in and when their position is likely to be impacted.

To be able to use this tool you will need to know your position number. If you do not know what that is, please contact your manager as you can’t utilise the online system without it. Please note that you require your position number, not your employee number. If your manager can’t help, contact People and Safety.

If you have issues with this, or with the online system, please contact People and Safety in the first instance and if you still have problems please contact the CPSU through your local delegate.

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

TAFE NSW member update

Jun 23, 2017

TAFE NSW member update – June 2017 (PDF version)

On 15 June, your union met with representatives from the NSW Teachers Federation and TAFE NSW in the first proper bargaining meeting for the TAFE Managers’ Enterprise Agreement. The CPSU tabled, and talked to your claims as provided to you in our bulletin of 14 June 2017.

The Teachers’ Federation will provide their claims in due course.

TAFE NSW will respond to your claims at the next bargaining meeting on 21 June. They are interested in ‘modernising’ the agreement and have provided bargaining representatives with a proposed draft agreement which we will work through and respond to at the next meeting. TAFE NSW also tabled a pay offer of 2.5 per cent a year for two years.

Agenda items for the next meeting will include access to fleet cars, issues with the Special Fitness and Hard to Fill clause, and whether or not Performance Management belongs in an agreement or a policy.

If you have any questions and/or concerns, please contact CPSU Organiser Chris Bird at CBird@psa.asn.au.

Budget cuts hits TAFE

Jun 22, 2017

Budget cuts hits TAFE – June 2017 (PDF version)

Despite having a $4 billion plus surplus, the NSW Government has once again jeopardised the future of NSW by attacking TAFE.

It seems that more than 500 jobs from TAFE have been cut as a result of the state budget. The budget papers were released yesterday and TAFE full-time equivalent (FTE) workers forecast for 2016-2017 is listed at 10,470. In the budget forecast for 2017-2018, that number drops by 501 to just 9,969 FTE TAFE workers.

The cuts have hit both TAFE teaching and support staff. This will mean more courses will be cut and potentially more deskilling of the emerging workforce.

The General Secretary Stewart Little stated that TAFE jobs underpin the future workforce of NSW.

“The Government is again attacking the capacity of TAFE to properly train our future workforce. This is an assault on generations to come and the NSW economy itself.

“Who is going to build all these roads to nowhere?”

You can read the your union’s media release HERE.

The current restructures in TAFE will impact across the whole state, regional communities will be massively affected particularly if courses are relocated and staff need to relocate with them.

The Commonwealth Government is allowing universities to directly offer sub-bachelor diploma courses. Universities are not subject to the same approval requirements that all other VET providers including TAFE are required to have. TAFE is not funded in the same way as universities by the Commonwealth Government. The CPSU/PSA will campaign to help protect TAFE and protect our member’s jobs

Your union is fighting for you, and for TAFE to be funded properly to train NSWs future workforce.

Berejiklian Madness as 500 Jobs Cut from TAFE

Jun 21, 2017

PSA media release

More than 500 jobs from TAFE will be cut in the middle of a skills shortage under the latest act of Berejiklian madness, the Public Service Association says.

Despite having a $4 billion plus surplus, the NSW Government has jeopardised the future of NSW by attacking the prospects of the very worker bees required to drive the economy.

In the budget papers under Industry Clusters, TAFE full-time equivalent (FTE) workers for 2016-2017 is listed at 10,470.

In the budget forecast for 2017 -2018, that number drops by 501 to just 9,969 FTE TAFE workers.

The cuts have hit both TAFE teaching and support staff.

PSA General Secretary Stewart Little said TAFE jobs underpin the future workforce of NSW.

“The Government is again attacking the capacity of TAFE to properly train our future workforce. This is an assault on generations to come and the NSW economy itself.”

“Who is going to build all these roads to nowhere?”

Also disappointing is the commitment to the safety of children at risk. Despite promising to increase child protection, the Government has failed to fill vacant Community Services case worker roles.

In the Western division alone, which covers the Riverina and Far West, only 56 positions are filled out of 101.  On the North Coast it’s even worse like in Coffs Harbour, where only two out of 11 Aboriginal case worker positions have been filled.

“This is a Government that makes grand promises but just does not hire people to fill the jobs” said Acting PSA Assistant General Secretary, Kris Cruden.

“We have approximately half of the Aboriginal Child Protection workers positions vacant and well over 100 case worker vacancies at any time. How are these people ever going to see children at risk if the government would rather squirrel away money for another edifice?”

The PSA also noted that a number of court and justice services will be cut making community access to justice and fairness that much more difficult.

The NSW Government promises to grow the Arts and Cultural infrastructure, but over the last three years, the NSW Museum and State Library has seen a third of staff cut.

TAFE Institute Managers Enterprise Agreement CPSU- Log of Claims

Jun 13, 2017

TAFE Institute Managers Enterprise Agreement CPSU- Log of Claims – 13 June 2017 (PDF Version)

The CPSU serves the following claims on TAFE NSW for a collective agreement for TAFE managers. The CPSU seeks to enhance job security for TAFE managers, compensation in the event of relocations, and training in the use of the relevant enterprise agreement.

  1. To maintain existing conditions as set out in the TAFE Commission of NSW TAFE Managers Enterprise Agreement 2015, except where conditions are enhanced as a result of negotiations.
  1. To delineate specific prerequisites for the engagement of temporary employment provisions. Where permanency can be offered, this should be the first option.
  1. Compensation for managers who are transferred to a new place of work and are required to relocate their place of residence.
  1. Comprehensive training for all managers in the latest TAFE Commission of NSW Administrative, Support and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement and/or other guidelines and policies as required by Managers in the course of their duties as well as the ratified version of the TAFE Commission of NSW TAFE Managers Enterprise Agreement.
  1. The CPSU reserves the right to raise other matters throughout negotiations that are to the benefit of staff.

Tafe Mt Druitt Meeting Notice

May 16, 2017

Tafe Mt Druitt Meeting Notice – May 16 2017 (PDF Version)

CPSU (PSA) meeting for members and non – members 

Location: Mt Druitt TAFE, Room A.1.06

Date: Wednesday 17 May, 2017

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm

 

Please make every effort to attend.

Non-members are welcome to come and have a chat about the benefits of becoming a CPSU (PSA) member.

It’s time to get involved!

For more information contact the Steve Caslick on 0428 410 711

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