31 May 2017 - email from TAFE NSW Managing Director

Dear Colleagues

TAFE NSW is about to commence negotiations for a new enterprise agreement for TAFE NSW employees covered by the TAFE Commission of NSW TAFE Managers Enterprise Agreement 2015.  The current agreement expires on 30 June 2017.

Today TAFE NSW has also written to the relevant unions, the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) and the Australian Education Union/NSW Teachers Federation (AEU) about the commencement of bargaining. You can find a copy of these letters on the enterprise bargaining Letters to unions page.

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 AEU or 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 EBUpdate@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 enterprise bargaining website. 

If you have any questions you can contact your local P&S Business Partner. The Fair Work Commission website has very useful information about enterprise 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 One TAFE for the future.