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This message concerns Award matters, the TAFE Campaign, Seaforth TAFE and Child Protection Training.

The new Award was ratified by the Industrial Relations Commission on 16 November and takes effect from 1 January 2001. A fax was sent to all TAFE Fed Reps on 13 December, outlining some of the changes such as follows:

There has been no agreement to a net increase in teaching workload or to the 30 hours of weekly attendance. Although there are various activities listed as ?duties related to teaching? (previously called ?incidental duties?), the Award still says ?teachers shall continue, in consultation with their immediate manager, to determine duties that shall be conducted during related duties time?.

The Award also states that teachers receiving release cannot also be paid for excess teaching hours. As you will not be paid for excess teaching in these circumstances, don?t do it. (The reduced teaching load for Head Teachers does not count as a release).

Federation?s advice on Maximising Annual Student Contact Hours and Class Sizes is available on page 20 of the Education journal of 11 December, 2000. Traditional maximum class sizes (approved by the Federation) are still to be complied with, except where otherwise provided for in the Award during the initial enrolment period.

Very little else has been changed from the 1996 Award, except for teacher annual reviews and salary rates. Annualised hours have not been agreed and the Award still states ?the use of excess teaching hours shall be discouraged?. Further advice on the new Award will be provided as soon as possible.

With regard to the TAFE Campaign, Federation has succeeded in having the Department acknowledge that redeployment is the principal means for managing displaced employees. This may only occur after extensive consultation with Federation and the section concerned to determine whether there is any genuine surplus capacity. A range of other case management options such as part-time work, job share and retraining should all be considered first, before redeployment and before voluntary redundancies. Any disputes regarding interpretation of the Department?s Procedures documents are to be immediately referred to the relevant Federation Organiser, as the matter is still before the Industrial Relations Commission.

The Labor Council endorsed peaceful protest at Seaforth TAFE will continue. A successful public rally and barbecue was held there on 10 December.

It is Federation?s view that members attending Mandatory Child Protection Training should be given appropriate release to do so, or paid at the Duties Other Than Teaching rate in the case of part time casual teachers. The Department?s General Manager of Personnel has agreed that this payment may be made.

Lastly, Federation thanks you for your help during the year and hopes you enjoy your well earned vacation break. Your support of Federation policy is in the best interests of public education. Thank you for logging on to the TAFE hotline.

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