Welcome to the TAFE Hotline. This message was posted on the 28th September and concerns Award matters, the TAFE Budget and Job Cuts Campaign, Seaforth TAFE and 'Collegiate educational structures'.
The 4% pay rise and back pay to 3rd April 2000 and the 2% lump sum back pay from 1st July 1999 to 2 April 2000 should have been paid by now. Work is proceeding on drafting the 'new Award', which will come into effect from the beginning of next year. No changes to Award matters are to occur this year in TAFE, unless advised by Federation.
Federation officers have met with the NSW Education Minister, together with the NSW Labor Council and other unions with members in TAFE. The Minister tried to blame the Federal Government for all the TAFE cuts, but was forced to admit that the State had also reduced funding for TAFE in real terms. Federation is seeking a response from the NSW Minister through the Labor Council about the setting up of consultative mechanisms about TAFE funding and staffing, and about our offer to assist in his seeking to restore Federal growth funds for TAFE.
The Minister is also considering a proposal about joint use of facilities at Seaforth TAFE, rather than selling it. No final response has been received from the Minister for either of the above matters. If you wish to assist in saving Seaforth TAFE, please ring the Convenor on 0418 223 416.
If your area is affected by collegiate systems involving TAFE with schools and/or universities, please monitor the situation and find out when any public meetings are to take place. Then, please make sure that Federation members and if possible the TAFE Organiser are available to contribute to these discussions. TAFE and school members must work cooperatively to ensure the best results for our working conditions and our students.
Your support of Federation policy is in the best interests of public education.