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Wage caps hurt Hunter, hit education

The NSW Government’s employee salary cap and austerity drive is threatening public services in the Hunter – including schools and TAFE – that inject a crucial $6 billion into the region

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24-hour TAFE strike draws attention to Government inaction

They don’t give a bugger about TAFE teachers, TAFE students or TAFE as an institution but they give a bugger about their own cushy nest; they all want to get re-elected in the March election. We need to loudly talk about why we’re not going to re-elect them.”

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TAFE crisis comes to Minister’s electorate office

Only yesterday a teacher said he was offered $150K plus a vehicle to come back on the tools. I can guarantee you Mr Henskens, this is not an isolated incident.”

TAFE rallied outside the Minister’s Ku-ring-gai electoral office in Wahroonga, to voice their dissatisfaction with his failure to engage in good faith bargaining for the new TAFE enterprise agreement since TAFE NSW’s proposed enterprise agreement was rejected by employees in August.

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Teacher shortage snag in Federal Budget’s TAFE offerings plan

The State Government needs to fix the teacher shortage before TAFE NSW will be able to offer the additional fee-free courses funded in the Federal Budget, Federation Deputy Secretary (Post-Schools) Phill Chadwick said.

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TAFE agreement sealed: let’s prepare for the next

While TAFE enterprise agreements came into effect this week, collectively we have plenty of work ahead of us to ensure our members, and their students, are part of the best public vocational education system possible.

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Government denies permanent work to long-term TAFE teachers

Long-awaited changes to casual employment laws should have been a game-changer for thousands of long-term, part-time casual TAFE teachers, but they were stunningly snubbed by a NSW Government decision this week.

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TAFE members: Vote YES in enterprise agreement ballot

Federation has defended all existing working conditions for TAFE teachers and related employees during negotiations for a new enterprise agreement.

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Protect professional status

Over the past six weeks, Federation has intervened in, and responded to, a multitude of impending policy changes directly affecting the work of our teachers and principals in schools and in TAFE.

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Students, unions join forces at ’Gong TAFE protest

Wollongong TAFE and university students and staff – with support from South Coast Labour Council unions – were out in force on Friday, 14 May, to protest the Federal Government’s Budget measures.

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Federal Budget lets down TAFE sector, again

The Morrison Government has no new ideas for solving the skills shortage in the 2021 Federal Budget, once again ignoring the central role of TAFE in vocational education.

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Call for inquiry into half-baked Scone sale

​Federation has secured a promise from the NSW Labor Opposition to establish a parliamentary inquiry into the sale of TAFE campuses after the under-the-counter sell-off of the Scone college.

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NSW Government ‘grab for cash’ puts scone TAFE’s future at risk

The NSW Teachers Federation condemns the sale of Scone TAFE college to Racing NSW.

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Racing NSW approached TAFE to buy Scone campus

​Racing NSW had offered to buy the Scone TAFE campus six months before it was even listed for sale, a NSW parliamentary hearing was told today.

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TAFE teachers rally over sale of Scone TAFE

Teachers, students and community members will rally in Muswellbrook outside the office of Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen, 20 Bridge Street, Muswellbrook, at 12.30pm on Tuesday 23 February 2021.

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Scone TAFE sale: victim of Government’s own policies

Federation has slammed the NSW Government’s sale of the state-of-the-art Scone TAFE campus in Australia’s equine capital as the nation battles a skills crisis and rebuilds from the COVID pandemic.

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Teachers condemn NSW Government over Scone TAFE sale

The NSW Teachers Federation has condemned the NSW Government’s bid to sell off the state-of-the-art Scone TAFE campus in Australia’s equine capital.

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Auditor General Report highlights funding and policy failures

​This week’s Auditor General Report into the One TAFE modernisation program has concluded that “Commercial objectives of the program conflicted with legislated social objectives.”

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Minister to face daily reminder that TAFE teachers are awaiting wage rise

TAFE members will begin a sit-in at the front of NSW Skills Minister Geoffrey Lee’s Parramatta office from Monday (9 November).

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Too many announcements, no results

The 2020 federal Budget confirms again that the Morrison Government has no credibility with vocational education and TAFE policies.

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Public schools lose out again

An independent report has revealed Australian public schools will miss out on $19 billion in funding over the next four years as the sector was completely overlooked in Tuesday’s federal Budget while private schools continue to be overfunded by $1 billion.

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Union helps members collect backpay owed

Federation has supported TAFE members to gain backpay in excess of $200,000 in 2019 and 2020, with some individual claims exceeding $50,000.

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