Vote NO to TAFE Manager Enterprise Agreement

Federation has not agreed to the TAFE Manager Enterprise Agreement or the Teachers in TAFE Children’s Centres Enterprise Agreement.

The NSW Teachers Federation strongly opposes the TAFE Manager Enterprise Agreement and the Teachers in TAFE Children’s Centres Enterprise Agreement put forward by TAFE NSW for ballot.

Under Fair Work, all Institute Managers and all Teachers in Children’s Centres will be eligible to vote from tomorrow on TAFE’s proposed new Agreement. Federation has not agreed to these proposals.

VOTE NO to TAFE Manager Enterprise Agreement.

This proposal is not good for current or future TAFE managers, not good for students and not good for TAFE in the long term.

This proposal:

  • abolishes time in lieu
  • removes your right to regression
  • removes transfer rights
  • removes locality/remote area allowance
  • extends the Institute Manager working week from 35 to 38 hours
  • removes permanency.

All future TAFE Managers will no longer be employed on a permanent basis. Instead, they will be employed on “specified term” contracts. They will have no security of employment and no appeal rights should their contract not be renewed.

Those currently acting in IM positions will be faced with the choice of returning to their substantive position or agreeing to move into insecure, “contracted”, time-limited employment with no guarantee of work beyond the contract date.

Managers on specified term contracts will have no access to redundancy payments should their position be deleted.

Under this proposal, TAFE Managers will need to meet Key Performance Indicators annually.

The “grandfather” clause purports to protect permanency for current IMs. However, this “protection” is limited only to the life of the new agreement; that is, two years. Essentially, the inclusion of the clause exposes that TAFE is fully aware that its proposal is unfair for current and future TAFE Managers.

This proposal attacks career progression for all TAFE employees and must be defeated.

NSWTF members should vote NO to this Enterprise Agreement ballot.

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