At a time of a national skills crisis the Perrottet Government should be investing in TAFE and its teachers. As a result, TAFE teachers have rejected the NSW Government’s insulting 2.53 per cent salary cap in an Enterprise Agreement Ballot whose results were revealed today.
A resounding 73 per cent of TAFE teachers, who voted in the ballot, rejected the 2.53 per cent salary cap. They also demanded the Government return to the negotiation table.
The Perrottet Government’s attack on the TAFE teaching workforce is impacting on TAFE’s ability to deliver the vocational education that TAFE students need and employers are demanding.
The NSW Teachers Federation is willing to return to the negotiation table to work to remedy the decline in TAFE teacher salaries and to reverse the proliferation of insecure work and increased casualisation of TAFE Teachers.
The Enterprise Agreement Ballot was initiated by the Government’s TAFE NSW department. It involved all NSW TAFE employees employed under the TAFE Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement.