Posted on April 12, 2021 in
Written by: David B. Honig
An important part of the negotiation process is your right to appoint a negotiator to participate in the negotiations on your behalf. There are three ways to be represented during negotiations: your enterprise agreement defines the terms of your work, including your salary, leave, workload and dispute resolution processes. The Fair Labour Commission can and will refuse agreements that do not meet its requirements. The commitment of members in the preparation and negotiation of a new enterprise agreement is essential. To learn more, including how best to support the negotiations, members should contact their TAFE organizer. Prior to the start of negotiations, the Federation conducted a survey of all TAFE members covered by the agreement to set their priorities for the new EA. This poll showed by an overwhelming majority that teachers wanted to focus on a 2.5% increase in annual salary without loss of conditions. TAFE NSW is in the process of entering into negotiations for a new enterprise agreement for TAFE NSW employees, which will be covered by the Tafe Commission of NSW TAFE Managers Enterprise Agreement 2015. The current agreement expires on June 30, 2017. You can find out more about your representation rights during the negotiation process in this email. This is also available on the Enterprise Trading website. Tomorrow you will receive an email with a copy of the proposed agreement and a guide for the agreement.
I encourage you to take a break from your busy day to understand the proposed agreement and consider voting “yes” in the vote. Today, TAFE NSW has also written to the relevant unions, the community and the public sector union (CPSU) and the Australian Education Union/NSW Teachers Federation (AEU) to begin negotiations. A copy of these letters can be accessed on the “Corporate Bargaining Letters to Trade Unions” page. The Australian Education Union NSW Teachers Federation and TAFE NSW began negotiations late last year for a new Tafe Commission of NSW Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement. Both parties have an interest in robust and fast business negotiations and are committed to this. Although the agreement`s nominal expiration date is October 29, 2019, the agreement remains in place until it is replaced. We will begin negotiations on a new agreement in early 2019. TAFE`s Victorian professors in alternating universities are covered by the following dual sector agreements. So far, ten formal meetings have been held between federation and TAFE NSW, and regular meetings have continued. Both parties have committed to agreeing as soon as possible to a proposed new enterprise agreement.
Educators employed in TAFE children`s centres are covered by the TAFE Commission of NSW Teachers in the TAFE children`s Centres enterprise agreement, while TAFE officials are covered by the TAFE Commission of NSW Institute Managers Agreement. Copies of these documents are also available on the TAFE NSW Enterprise Bargaining website. If you are employed under the provisions of the TAFE Managers Enterprise Agreement, you will receive a salary increase of 2.5% from 12 January 2018 and 2.5% from 11 January 2019. If an enterprise agreement is in effect, the premium does not apply. TaFE NSW has therefore proposed two wage increases of 2.5%, payable from 1 January 2018 and 1 January 2019. TAFE NSW attempted to maintain all other claims in the proposed enterprise agreement. For any questions, you can contact your local partner. The Fair Work Commission website contains very useful information about enterprise agreements or you can also call your infoline on 1300 799 675. If you would like to appoint a negotiator to represent you during the negotiation process (including yourself), send an email to EBUpdate@tafensw.edu.au.