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Current agreement

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Bargaining proposal

Previous documents tabled by TAFE NSW in bargaining:

Bargaining updates

30 June 2016 – Enterprise Agreement Approved

Dear Colleagues

I am pleased to advise you that on 30 June 2016 the TAFE Commission of NSW Teachers in TAFE Children's Centres Enterprise Agreement 2016 (AG2016/3566) was approved by the Fair Work Commission.

This means that TAFE will process the agreed pay increases on 29 July 2016 – this will include a payment to cover the period between 14 June 2016 and the date when the agreement was approved by the FWC.

The new enterprise agreement will apply from 7 July 2016.

If you have any questions, please speak to your local People and Culture or Human Resources team or email EnterpriseBargaining2015@tafensw.edu.au

Regards
Kerry Penton
DIRECTOR, WORKFORCE ENGAGEMENT

8 July 2016 – Email announcing the ballot opening

Dear Colleagues

Tomorrow you will have the opportunity to vote for a revised enterprise agreement. You should have already received your details from CorpVote Voting Services.

TAFE has improved its proposal to include an increase of 2.5% to the Early Childhood Directors and Teachers in Charge Allowance, in line with the salary increase for supervision of 1 to 6 employees and 7 employees or more. This amendment addresses the primary concern that employees expressed to us in the last ballot.

If the ballot is successfully supported, you will receive a 2.5% pay rise effective from the first pay period after 14 June 2016 and processed on the first pay period after approval by the Fair Work Commission. You will also receive a further 2.5% pay increase after 14 June 2017.

The rest of the original offer remains the same – available on the TAFE NSW enterprise bargaining website.

I urge you to vote 'Yes' for the proposal and secure your pay increase.

Kind Regards,

Jon Black

MANAGING DIRECTOR, TAFE NSW

15 June 2016 – Email announcing the ballot result

Dear Colleagues

I am very pleased to let you know that the ballot for the TAFE Commission of NSW Teachers in TAFE Children's Centres Enterprise Agreement 2016 was successfully supported by the majority of employees.

The results were:

  • 95% voted yes
  • 5% voted no
  • 84% of employees participated in the vote.

This result is a good for staff and TAFE NSW.

I want to thank everyone for getting involved, asking questions and providing valuable feedback about the proposal throughout the bargaining process. This result also reflects your commitment to TAFE NSW and our future.

I also wish to acknowledge the dedication and commitment of the TAFE NSW Enterprise Bargaining Team and the many Institute teams who supported TAFE NSW's commitment to a constructive and transparent bargaining process.

What's next?

The Enterprise Agreement will now be lodged with the Fair Work Commission for approval. Once the agreement is approved, the first 2.5% salary increase will be payable from 17 June 2016.

Thank you again for your support.

Regards

Jon Black

MANAGING DIRECTOR, TAFE NSW

1 June 2016 – Email announcing the access period

Dear Colleagues

This email contains important information about the employee ballot for the proposed TAFE Commission of NSW Teachers in TAFE Children's Centres Enterprise Agreement 2016 (the 'Agreement'), which will open on 9 June 2016.

Today, I am writing to advise you that the:

  • 'Access Period' will begin from today (the access period is, in accordance with the Fair Work Act 2009, the period in which employees have access to the terms of the Agreement to enable them to consider how they will vote); and
  • ballot will open at 12:01am on Thursday 9 June and close at 11:59pm on Tuesday 14 June 2016 (Ballot Period). 

How do I vote?

The ballot will be conducted by a company called CorpVote, which has expertise in managing independent and secure electronic and telephone voting processes.

Prior to the Ballot Period, all employees eligible to vote will receive an email from CorpVote at their work email address. This email will contain:

  • your individual log in and password details;
  • a link that will take you directly to the voting portal for the Agreement; and
  • instructions on how to vote.

Employees who have notified us that they are on leave, will also receive voting information sent to their home address. This will contain the details on how to vote via the internet or telephone.   

During the Ballot Period, you can vote on your computer at work or at home or by telephone. If you want to vote on your computer at home you can send the email from CorpVote from your work email address to your home email address.

Where can I find more information?

Attached to this email are copies of:

  • the proposed Agreement
  • a guide explaining the terms of the Agreement
  • information from Corpvote on how to vote in the ballot.

Copies of these documents are available by clicking the links below:

Kind Regards,

Jon Black

MANAGING DIRECTOR, TAFE NSW

26 May 2016 – Email about EB update 5

Dear Colleagues

I am pleased to report that TAFE NSW met on Monday with the AEU NSW Teachers Federation and at that meeting presented a new draft of the TAFE Commission of NSW Teachers in TAFE Children's Centres Enterprise Agreement 2016.

After listening to the concerns of our Teachers in TAFE Children's Centres, we have improved our proposal for the new Enterprise Agreement. The Early Childhood Directors and Teachers in Charge Allowance will increase by 2.5% in line with the salary increase for supervision of 1 to 6 employees and 7 employees or more.

The rest of the original offer remains the same.

ProposalWhat this means for you

2.5% pay increase

  • A pay rise of 2.5% to wages each year for 2 years

Start date and duration of the agreement

  • Commencing on approval
  • Continuing for 2 years

Early Childhood Director and Teacher in Charge Allowance

  • There will be an increase of 2.5% to this allowance, incorporating a new 2 tier structure:
    • Supervision of 1 to 6 employees
    • Supervision of 7 or more employees

Notification of roster changes

  • Employees need to be given 7 days' notice for changes to roster arrangements

Casual loading rate

  • A new casual loading rate of 23.3% will replace the current loadings
  • The proposed casual loading rate includes a payment for all leave entitlements, except for long service leave

Casual workers paid for the hours that are worked

  • Casual employees will be paid for the hours that are worked
  • The current agreement provisions for a 'day rate' will be removed
  • This means that a casual employee working more than 6 hours and up to 7.6 hours will not be paid an automatic 7.6 hours as a 'day rate'

When will a ballot be held?

Once we have received feedback from the union, and hopefully reached agreement, TAFE NSW will conduct a ballot. You will then receive an email from the Managing Director that explains the voting process and contains links to all the information you will need to inform your vote.

Want to know more?

To find out more about enterprise agreements please view the Frequently Asked Questions. To provide feedback, ask your own questions and find all the information you need please visit the website.

Regards

Kerry Penton

DIRECTOR, WORKFORCE ENGAGEMENT

11 February 2016 – EMAIL ABOUT EB UPDATE 4

Dear Colleagues

Welcome back and I hope you all enjoyed the break.

On 19 January 2016 the negotiations for the Teachers in TAFE Children's Centres Enterprise Agreement recommenced.

What will happen next?

TAFE NSW will continue to bargain in good faith in order to achieve agreement between the parties. Once agreement has been made any negotiated pay increase will be paid from that date, following approval by the Fair Work Commission.

Want to know more?

To find out more about enterprise agreements please view the Frequently Asked Questions or read through this brochure. To provide feedback or ask your own questions please visit the website.

Regards

Kerry Penton

DIRECTOR, WORKFORCE ENGAGEMENT

1 December 2015 – EMAIL ANNOUNCING THE BALLOT RESULT

Dear Colleagues

I am writing to let you that know that the ballot for the TAFE Commission of NSW TAFE Teachers in TAFE Children's Centres Agreement 2015 has now closed.

The results were:

  • 42% voted yes
  • 58% voted no
  • 73% of staff participated in the vote

Although a very close outcome, this result means that the proposed Agreement will not proceed and that the current Agreement will continue in force until a new Agreement is approved.

I want to thank everyone for getting involved, asking questions and providing valuable feedback about the proposal. This ballot has fulfilled three of our key objectives for enterprise bargaining:

  • Maintaining positive and collaborative relationships with the unions and our employees.
  • Being transparent, open and honest in communications with staff.
  • Increasing engagement with all TAFE NSW employees covered by this agreement.

I also wish to acknowledge the dedication and commitment of the TAFE NSW Enterprise Bargaining Team and the many Institute teams who supported TAFE NSW's commitment to a constructive and transparent bargaining process.

What's next?

All parties involved in the negotiations will soon reconvene and recommence bargaining. TAFE NSW will continue to bargain in good faith and work with unions and nominated representatives for as long as it takes to achieve a successful 'yes' vote. Once agreement has been made any negotiated pay increase will be paid from that date, following approval by the Fair Work Commission.

Please visit the website to find out more, ask questions or provide feedback.

Regards

 

David Riordan

A/MANAGING DIRECTOR, TAFE NSW

17 November 2015 – EMAIL ANNOUNCING THE ACCESS PERIOD

Dear Colleagues

This email contains important information about the employee ballot for the proposed TAFE Commission of NSW Teachers in TAFE Children's Centres Enterprise Agreement 2015 (the 'Agreement'), which will open on 25 November 2015.

Today, I am writing to advise you that:

  • the  'Access Period' will begin from today (the access period is, in accordance with the Fair Work Act 2009, the period in which employees have access to the terms of the Agreement to enable them to consider how they will vote); and
  • the ballot will open at 12:01am on Wednesday, 25 November and close at 11:59pm on Monday, 30 November 2015 (Ballot Period).

How do I vote?

The ballot will be conducted by a company called CorpVote, which has expertise in managing independent and secure electronic and telephone voting processes.

Prior to the Ballot Period, all employees eligible to vote will receive an email from CorpVote at their work email address. This email will contain:

  • your individual log in and password details;
  • a link that will take you directly to the voting portal for the Agreement; and
  • instructions on how to vote.

Employees who have notified us that they are on leave, will also receive voting information sent to their home address. This will contain the details on how to vote via the internet or telephone.   

During the Ballot Period, you can vote on your computer at work or at home or by telephone. If you want to vote on your computer at home you can send the email from CorpVote from your work email address to your home email address.

Where can I find more information?

Attached to this email are copies of:

  • the proposed Agreement;
  • a guide explaining the terms of the Agreement;
  • Information from Corpvote on how to vote in the ballot.

Copies of these documents are also available below:

Kind Regards,

David Riordan

A/MANAGING DIRECTOR, TAFE NSW

6 November 2015 – EMAIL ABOUT EB UPDATE 3

Dear Colleagues

I wanted to take this opportunity to give you an update on enterprise bargaining for the TAFE Commission of NSW Teachers in TAFE Children's Centres Enterprise Agreement 2015.

Since the meeting on 7 August, the TAFE NSW bargaining team and the union have been corresponding about the proposal. The union has also been consulting with its members covered by the agreement.

TAFE NSW is still committed to its proposal of a 2.5% increase in wages for 2 years from January 2016 if the proposed reforms are agreed.

New FAQs

When the time comes, who can vote?

All employees who are covered by the current agreement can vote for it. You do not need to be a member of a union to be able to vote.

Is TAFE NSW removing the Directors and Teachers in charge allowances?

No. TAFE NSW is proposing to keep this allowance at the current level.

What will happen next?

TAFE NSW is continuing to correspond with the unions on several elements of the proposal.

Want to know more?

To find out more about enterprise agreements please view the Frequently Asked Questions or read this brochure. To provide feedback or ask your own questions please visit the website.

Regards

Kerry Penton

DIRECTOR, WORKFORCE ENGAGEMENT

7 August 2015 – EMAIL ABOUT EB SESSION 1

Dear Colleagues

I wanted to provide you with an update following the first enterprise bargaining session for the TAFE NSW Teachers in TAFE Children's Centres Enterprise Agreement.

We are committed to a reasonable, constructive and transparent bargaining process, so all the documents we table in the bargaining room will be available here on the TAFE NSW website.

What is TAFE NSW proposing?

TAFE NSW is proposing:

  • There will be up to 2.5% increase in wages for 2 years from 1 January 2016 if the proposed reforms are agreed.

At the meeting TAFE NSW tabled a presentation for discussion – click here to view the proposal.

Who attended?

On 6 August 2015 bargaining representatives from TAFE NSW met with the AEU NSW Teachers Federation.

What will happen next?

The next bargaining session is scheduled for the coming weeks.

Want to know more?

To find out more about enterprise agreements please view the Frequently Asked Questions or read through this brochure. To provide feedback or ask your own questions please visit the website.

Regards

Kerry Penton

DIRECTOR, WORKFORCE ENGAGEMENT

1 June 2015 – Email from TAFE NSW Managing 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 Teachers in TAFE Children's Centres 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 Lucy Arundell (Illawarra Institute), Kayley Riddle (North Coast Institute), Glenn Williamson (Northern Sydney Institute), Chris Dighton (Western Sydney Institute) together with Mark Philip and the DEC IR team.

Today I have also written to the Australian Education Union about the commencement of bargaining. You can find a copy of this letter 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 AEU), 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

Key dates

  • Enterprise Agreement approved – 30 June 2016
  • Enterprise Agreement operates until – 13 June 2018

Representation

Notice of employee representational rights

Fair Work Act 2009, s174 (6) and Fair Work Regulations reg 2.05

The Technical and Further Education Commission of New South Wales gives notice that it is bargaining in relation to an enterprise agreement (TAFE Commission of NSW Teachers in TAFE Children's Centres Enterprise Agreement 2015) which is proposed to cover all Early Childhood Teachers and Early Childhood Directors as defined under this Agreement.

What is an enterprise agreement?

An enterprise agreement is an agreement between an employer and its employees that will be covered by the agreement that sets the wages and conditions of those employees for a period of up to 4 years. To come into operation, the agreement must be supported by a majority of the employees who cast a vote to approve the agreement and it must be approved by an independent authority, Fair Work Commission.

If you are an employee who would be covered by the proposed agreement:

You have the right to appoint a bargaining representative to represent you in bargaining for the agreement or in a matter before Fair Work Commission about bargaining for the agreement.

You can do this by notifying the person in writing that you appoint that person as your bargaining representative. You can also appoint yourself as a bargaining representative. In either case you must give a copy of the appointment to your employer.

If you are a member of a union that is entitled to represent your industrial interests in relation to the work to be performed under the agreement, your union will be your bargaining representative for the agreement unless you appoint another person as your representative or you revoke the union's status as your representative.

Questions?

If you have any questions about this notice or about enterprise bargaining, please speak to either your employer, bargaining representative, go to www.fairwork.gov.au, or contact the Fair Work Commission Infoline on 1300 799 675.