Merry Christmas from CPSU NSW (PSA)

Dec 12, 2017

Merry Christmas from CPSU NSW (PSA) – December 2017 (PDF version)

We’re approaching another festive period and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the delegates and members who contribute to make the CPSU NSW (PSA) such a united, strong and respected union. As in other years, the Government has announced a Christmas closedown for the 2017-18 Christmas and New Year period.

The dates for this closedown are Monday 25 December 2017 until Friday 5 January 2018 inclusive.

You can read the Government announcement HERE.

Can I work during the closedown period?

While the NSW Government encourages all non-frontline areas to shut down over the Christmas and New Year period, you are not required to put up a justification or a ‘business case’ to explain why you do not want to take leave.

Staff who intend to work should contact their relevant manager with their proposed dates.

Some agencies will be required to maintain full or reduced services. This means at least some staff may have to work through this period.

Unless you can be directed to take leave (see below), it is your choice as to whether you work or not. If your office is going to be shut, a reasonable alternative work arrangement must be made available for you.

Can I be directed to take recreation leave due to the closedown?

You can be told to take recreation leave if you have an ‘excess’ balance of 40 days or more as defined by clause 90.2.3 of the TAFE Commission of NSW Administrative, Support and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement 2016. For shift workers, an ‘excess’ balance is 50 days.

Under Clause 90.2.5, TAFE NSW may direct an employee to take their annual leave to reduce all leave balances below 8 weeks or its hourly equivalent “within a reasonable time period and at a time convenient to TAFE NSW”.

The PSA encourages members to regularly take recreation leave for their own health and welfare. Christmas and the New Year are a great time to do so.

Can I be directed to take extended (long service) leave or leave without pay?

You cannot be directed to take extended leave, long service leave or leave without pay. However, if you have no recreation leave or not enough recreation leave available, and you want to take the time off, you can request to take leave without pay. You can also utilise your banked flex days or banked rostered days off.

Public holidays for Christmas and New Year

The following dates are Public Holidays as set out in the 2016 Christmas Closedown Premier’s Memorandum:

  • 2017 – Monday 25 December,
  • Tuesday 26 December (Boxing Day)
  • Monday 1 January

Many agencies, including TAFE NSW, also have a Public Service Holiday around this time, usually on the day following Boxing Day, Wednesday 27 December.

Season’s greetings

Let me take this opportunity to wish all members and their families best wishes for Christmas and a Happy New Year from me, my family and all the staff here at the PSA/CPSU (NSW).

I hope you have a joyous and restful break, and return to work with the same dedication to public service you have displayed throughout 2017.

Should you have any questions about this bulletin, or require the support of your union during the Christmas period, please contact the CPSU NSW (PSA) Member Support Centre on 1300 772 679.

As always, the CPSU NSW (PSA) will be there to support you when you need us, just as you support the people of NSW.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Stewart Little
General Secretary

Rally to Stop the TAFE cuts

Nov 27, 2017

As part of the Bennelong by-election campaign, a rally to stop the cuts to TAFE was held at Meadowbank TAFE on 24 November.

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Rally to Stop the TAFE cuts

Nov 24, 2017

As part of the Bennelong by-election campaign, a rally to stop the cuts to TAFE was held at Meadowbank TAFE on 24 November.

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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.

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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.

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