3 July - email about EB session 2

An important Enterprise Bargaining meeting update

Dear colleagues,
We had another productive bargaining session on 1 and 2 July 2015. I speak for the whole TAFE NSW Bargaining Team, when I say that we continue to value these meetings. They are an important part of negotiating your pay and conditions.

Who attended
Bargaining representatives from TAFE NSW, the Community and Public Sector Union/Public Service Association, United Voice, the Australian Workers' Union – Port Kembla Branch, the Australian Workers' Union – Greater NSW Branch and a bargaining representative.

What was proposed
TAFE NSW proposed options to work closely with the unions on the proposal, including:

  1. Paying for travel and accommodation for each regional delegate to attend bargaining meetings over two days
  2. Releasing 1.5 full-time appropriate union delegates for 4 to 6 weeks
  3. A timeline for the unions to review the proposal and provide feedback

We also presented a detailed proposal for all new positions under the Contemporary Classification Structure. This included a single set of employment conditions and allowances and proposed Flexible Working Hours Agreement. We also proposed options for the Library Stream.

View the documents tabled by TAFE NSW at this meeting:

There was a lot of detail covered in the meeting, so I will also be posting a short video summary here on Monday.

The benefits of what TAFE NSW has proposed
If the proposed reforms are agreed, TAFE NSW is offering:

  • Up to a 2.5% increase in wages each year for two years for current employees
  • No change to conditions of employment for current employees in classifications under the current agreement.
  • A common set of conditions of employment for all new positions

What will happen next?
All parties will meet again on Thursday 9 July 2015 to discuss the proposal and TAFE NSW will be listening to feedback and responding to questions.
The next bargaining session is scheduled for 15 and 16 July.

Want to know more?
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Kerry Penton