Salary increases – not cuts – are warranted and overdue.
On Tuesday 2 June the NSW Upper House quashed the Berejiklian Government’s contemptuous wage freeze, which would have denied a pay rise of 2.5 per cent for public servants who have worked tirelessly on the front line during the COVID-19 crisis.
Despite the Parliament rejecting this pay cut, the NSW Government has indicated it will pursue its agenda through the Industrial Relations Commission.
With the defeat of the Government’s wage freeze, we call on it to immediately honour the agreement struck for a pay rise for TAFE teachers due 1 April, 2020.
TAFE teachers haven’t received a pay rise since 2018. We must and will consider all industrial, political and legal options in the promotion and defence of members’ rights.
As restrictions on movement and gatherings were still in place at the time, Federation conducted its May Council via video link. You can read the full decision on this as well as other Decisions of Council by clicking here.
Our recent edition of TEFED provided members with information about the independent inquiry into the changing nature and complexity of teachers’ work.
Federation has sent all school and OCAA members a brochure outlining the importance of this inquiry.
This week the Federation Representative, assisted by the Committee should be in the process of collecting, reviewing and collating information provided to the by members for the purposes of compiling a school submission.
Click here to read the letter from Federation President Angelo Gavrielatos and General Secretary John Dixon
Click here for a pro-forma email we have prepared for you that can be sent to your colleagues to encourage them to get involved
Individual members can also click here if they want to make a personal submission.
Staffing – a priority campaign of the union
On December 5, 2019, at mass meetings across the state, Federation members overwhelmingly reaffirmed their union’s commitment to securing betterments to school staffing. The surest way of addressing workload and supporting schools to deliver teaching programs that can improve the learning outcomes of all students is to increase the number of permanent teachers, including executive and specialist teachers across all settings, and the provision of additional qualified permanent non-school based teachers. To achieve this, members determined that “a key priority of the union in 2020 will be to campaign for increased permanent staffing levels, delivered as a staffing entitlement, including additional release time for all teachers”.
Click here for an update from Deputy President Henry Rajendra and what this campaign means to our members.
Despite the NSW Government walking away from the TAFE Enterprise Agreement in March, Federation has secured a commitment from TAFE NSW for certainty of ongoing employment for long-term temporary employees.
Click here for an update on what's been happening in relation to the TAFE EBA.
Click here to sign an online petition to maintain the enhanced cleaning measures in our schools.
Recruitment and retention
The Federation is currently experiencing a significant growth in membership. To help maintain this trend Federation Representatives, Women’s contacts and Workplace Committee members, are urged to continue to encourage people to join. Members often inform us that their reason for becoming a member was because a colleague asked them to join.
To assist Fed Reps, this email could be sent on to potential members at your school. If you are unsure of the current membership status of teachers at your school Federation Reps can access a list of Federation members via Fed Reps Online.
As the school Federation Representative, I was updating our school membership list and noticed that you may not be a member of the NSW Teachers Federation. Our union is an important professional and industrial support for all teachers and I certainly encourage everyone to join.
If you are interested in join or would like to know more click on the link below.
Potential members who complete this online form will be contacted by Federation to discuss and support their membership journey.
Federation Conferences and Webinars
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, some conferences, courses and seminars will not proceed at this time. The conferences below have now been rescheduled. Federation will also be conducting online webinars for financial members of the union.
Federation conducts online webinars for financial members of the union. If you wish to apply to join any of the webinars we are running, please complete and submit our online application form.
Please note that a separate application form is required for each webinar.
Please contact Trade Union Training at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Teacher-Librarian Role in Schools
Consistent with the 2019 Annual Conference decision “Guaranteeing the teacher-librarian role in schools”, a special interest group has been set up for Federation members who are teacher-librarians. A survey of teacher-librarians in all schools has been developed to further inform Federation about the extent to which the Department’s library policy and school librarian staffing entitlement is being applied.
Teacher-librarians are asked to complete this survey so that these matters can be discussed further with the Department.
Eric Pearson study grant 2021
A $23,000 study grant is awarded each year to examine an area of industrial and professional relevance to the NSW Teachers Federation as a union and/or a group/groups of members.
You can access your workplace information, including a list of Federation members at your workplace and update your members' register with Fed Reps Online. It is important that you take the time to update this list as soon as possible for 2020.