1 June 2015 – Email from TAFE NSW Manging Director

Dear Colleagues

TAFE NSW is about to commence negotiations for a new enterprise agreement for TAFE NSW staff covered by the TAFE Commission of NSW Administrative, Support and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement 2013. The current agreement expires on 30 June 2015.

I have authorised Kerry Penton, Institute Director, Riverina Institute to lead the bargaining team on behalf of TAFE NSW. Other TAFE NSW members of the bargaining team include Tina Renshaw (Sydney Institute), James Brassil (South Western Sydney Institute), John Boss (Illawarra Institute), Malcolm Boyes (Northern Sydney Institute) together with Mark Philip and the DEC IR team.

Today I have also written to the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) and other unions representing TAFE administrative, support and related employees about the commencement of bargaining.  You can find a copy of these letters on the website.

An important part of the enterprise bargaining process is your right to nominate a bargaining representative to participate in the negotiations on your behalf. There are three ways you can be represented during the negotiations:

  • your union can represent you - if you are a member of a union that is entitled to represent you (for example, the CPSU), your union will automatically be your bargaining representative for the agreement, unless you appoint another person as your representative, or revoke the union's status as your representative; or
  • you can appoint a bargaining representative to represent you; or
  • you can appoint yourself as a bargaining representative.

If you wish to nominate a bargaining representative to represent you during the negotiation process (including yourself), send an email to enterprisebargaining2015@tafensw.edu.au. The email must include your full name and electronic signature, along with details of the representative you seek to appoint. You can nominate a bargaining representative at any time during the bargaining process.

Further information is attached to this email about your rights to representation during the negotiation process. This is also available on the website.

If you have any questions you can contact your local human resources manager. The Fair Work Commission website has very useful information about enterprise agreements at www.fwc.gov.au/awards-and-agreements/agreements or you can also call their Infoline on 1300 799 675.

I look forward to a productive engagement with all employees and their representatives, as we work together to build a successful, competitive and sustainable TAFE for the future.

Pam Christie
MANAGING DIRECTOR, TAFE NSW