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Posted: 4 January 2005
By John Dixon Acting General Secretary The Federation will raise with the other state teacher unions at the federal conference of the Australian Education Union later this month, a co-ordinated long-term strategy to assist school children in those countries that have been devastated by the recent earthquakes and the tsunami.
Posted: 1 December 2004
No pay rise no student results Head Teachers and other senior staff at Wollongong TAFE will stop work for up to two hours on Wednesday 1 December 2004 from 10 a.m. Peter de Graaff, New South Wales Teachers Federation TAFE Organiser said today : "Head Teachers and other senior staff at Wollongong TAFE will stop work for up to two hours on Wednesday 1 December 2004 from 10 a.m. The stopwork meeting will be held in the auditorium, Building P, at Wollongong TAFE, Foleys Road, Wollongong. Media are invited.
Posted: 24 November 2004
 By John Dixon Assistant General Secretary -Communications & Administration Head Teachers and other Senior Staff at St George TAFE will stopwork from 11:00 am on Thursday 25 November 2004 . Head Teachers will also be meeting at Wollongong to consider stopping work and taking further action. Maree O'Halloran, NSW Teachers Federation President said today:
Posted: 12 November 2004
TAFE TA News -- October 2004 Federal Elections Trying to work out the impact of the Howard Government's election promises on TAFE, will undoubtedly be occupying many minds for some time to come. The next Ministerial Council meeting is in November, and it was at this meeting that the Federal Minister Brendan Nelson said that he would again discuss the issue of a new ANTA Agreement. It will be interesting to see if this occurs.
Posted: 27 September 2004
The Howard Government plans to waste our money by duplicating existing courses in the areas that already have TAFE and school provision Maree O'Halloran, President of the NSW Teachers Federation said today: "The Howard Government proposes to waste $289.1 million by creating 24 Australian Technical Colleges that will do exactly what TAFE and schools can already do.
Posted: 26 July 2004
- Faxstream to all colleges - It is important that all members be aware that the Federation has been actively pursuing the full flow on of salary increases to all members, including additional increases for promotions positions arising from the Catholic school teacher employer's late and unexpected submission for 3% to 7.5% extra for their promotions positions.
Posted: 23 June 2004
The NSW Teachers Federation Executive today voted to cancel the Stop Work meetings proposed for Friday 25 June, given the Government's decision to fully fund public education teacher salaries increases. Maree O'Halloran, Teachers Federation President, said: "Despite the NSW Government's misleading claims about its incapacity to pay teacher salary increases, and the Treasurer's admission that they had the money for these increases, Executive voted to cancel Friday's industrial action.
Posted: 31 May 2004
27 May Strike - Recording Absences and Correct Payment - Advice to All TAFE Members PLEASE FORWARD TO ALL MEMBERS!  Congratulations to all for the strong support for the 24 hr strike yesterday, but be prepared for another strike on Wednesday 2 June! TAFE presence was very conspicuous at the big Sydney rally and on all TV coverage. When the Premier is forced out of his castle to respond, we know we're making an effective impact. 
Posted: 17 May 2004
By Country Organisers Teachers from many schools have taken spontaneous industrial action following the government's announcement that it was seeking to re-open the salaries case. Central Coast teachers held a rally outside the Industrial Relations Society Conference where John Della Bosca was speaking. Approximately 50 teachers from 15 schools attended this spontaneous demonstration and forcefully showed their disgust at the attempt by the government to reopen our salary case.
Posted: 13 May 2004
By Wayne Patterson Country Organiser Teachers at Orange High School have voted to hold a half-day strike tomorrow, 14 May, in response to the NSW Government's provocative manoeuvres in the teachers' salaries case. Orange High School teachers met immediately following news of the government's intentions. Regional television networks WIN and Prime, and the local newspaper, covered the action at Orange High School.
Posted: 5 May 2004
By Barry Johnson General Secretary The Federation has received a letter from the Minister for Justice in which a further offer regarding the 5.5% interim salaries increase is made. There are some aspects of the letter with which the Federation has concerns. These will be taken up with the Minister.
Posted: 30 April 2004
By Gary Zadkovich Media Officer The latest AC Nielsen poll shows that support for public schools continues to be very strong in the community. Ms. Maree O'Halloran, President of the NSW Teachers Federation, said today: "In the face of the Howard Government's deliberate undermining of our great public schools, 86% of people polled believe that the Federal Government needs to invest more in public education.
Posted: 13 February 2004
By Gary Zadkovich Media Officer The Teachers Federation's State Council on Saturday 14 February will debate the union's federal election strategy to defeat the Howard Government's unfair schools funding policies. The strategy will expose how the Federal Government's increased funding for private schools is not driven by enrolment patterns in either public or private schools. Maree O'Halloran, President of the NSW Teachers Federation said today:
Posted: 11 February 2004
By Gary Zadkovich Media Officer NSW public school students and teachers are sweltering in classrooms with no air-conditioning or with faulty air-conditioners. NSW Teachers Federation President, Maree O'Halloran, said that the union's officers have taken calls from concerned teachers around the state.
Posted: 6 February 2004
By Gary Zadkovich Media Officer Television advertisements supporting the NSW Teachers Federation's public education campaign will air on metropolitan and regional stations from Sunday 8 February, 2004. Maree O'Halloran, President, stated: "In the wake of the Prime Minister's deliberately divisive and damaging comments about public education, teachers have determined to air positive messages about public education.
Posted: 4 February 2004
By Maree O'Halloran President Teachers are gravely concerned that some TAFE Institutes may attempt to exclude students from classes next week. Every year students who apply for fee exemptions attend classes while their applications are processed. This year some TAFE Institutes have: Refused to even accept applications for fee exemptions, let alone consider them. Threatened to exclude students seeking fee exemptions from class. Teachers will not accept such threats to students.
Posted: 30 January 2004
Decision of the Industrial Relations Commission regarding the collection of TAFE fees Full text of decision
Posted: 29 January 2004
By Peter de Graaff TAFE Organiser Teachers across the Riverina Institute will continue their action to enrol students but not participate in the collection of the new fees Media Release Riverina Institute of TAFE refuses to consider student exemptions for hardship Peter de Graaff, NSW Teachers Federation, TAFE Organiser said today:
Posted: 28 January 2004
Advice for TAFE members Please Forward To As Many Members As Possible
Posted: 27 January 2004
The NSW Teachers Federation will run ads on 28 January about TAFE fee exemptions. Text of Advertisement Teachers continue action against TAFE fee increase
Posted: 5 December 2003
The Federation has written to the Minister for Education and Training expressing concern that advice provided to TAFE teachers may promote institutional corruption. 5 December 2003 The Hon Dr Andrew Refshauge  Deputy Premier  Minister for Education and Training & Minister for Aboriginal Affairs  Level 31 Governor Macquarie Tower  1 Farrer Place  SYDNEY NSW 2000 FAX: 9228 4400 Dear Dr Refshauge, Re: Riverina Institute Budget Management Strategies - ICAC
Posted: 5 December 2003
  By Peter de Graaff  TAFE Organiser St George TAFE Teachers join deputation to Jan McClelland on budget cuts Around ten teachers from St George TAFE College joined Linda Simon, TAFETA Secretary, and Peter de Graaff, TAFE Organiser, on a deputation to see the Director-General to express their concern at the impact of the current round of course cuts at their campus.
Posted: 5 December 2003
By Peter de Graaff  TAFE Organiser St George TAFE Teachers join deputation to Jan McClelland on budget cuts Around ten teachers from St George TAFE College joined Linda Simon, TAFETA Secretary, and Peter de Graaff, TAFE Organiser, on a deputation to see the Director-General to express their concern at the impact of the current round of course cuts at their campus.
Posted: 4 December 2003
By John Dixon Membership Officer/Organiser The Federation has received many requests for Tony Vinson's evidence in The Industrial Commission. Cross-examination by Counsel for the DET was very explicit in attempting to imply that the findings of the Inquiry were that the introduction of outcomes based education, assessment and reporting, as a result of the Education Act 1990 had led to a diminution in the professionalism of teachers.
Posted: 19 November 2003
TAFE students across the state are calling for the Treasurer Michael Egan, to take off his Versace loafers and to walk a week in their shoes. On Wednesday 19 November at 1.00pm, they will be rallying outside State Parliament House to demonstrate their opposition to TAFE fees proposed for 2004.

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