TAFE EA 2022

Last week Federation sent correspondence to TAFE NSW raising its concerns regarding a lack of progress in bargaining for a replacement TAFE Commission of NSW Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement. Initially TAFE management would only agree to one-hour online meetings.

Late on Friday afternoon TAFE NSW responded advising that they would address concerns raised by Federation relating to the model of previous bargaining meetings. TAFE NSW have now provided a commitment to return to bargaining from next Monday 5th December.

Accordingly, Federation provides the following clarification to the current protected industrial action of a ban on the collection and/or entry of data in EBS (Education Business System), SMS (Student Management System) or SAP® in the nature of:

  • Data Error reports;
  • Unentered or missing marks;
  • Smart and skilled rejections;
  • Statistical data; 
  • Student attendance that does not impact on Centrelink recipients.

Federation advises that the current ban on entering of results into EBS is limited to data entry of the above into TAFE NSW information technology systems and remains in place

Members are not restricted in marking student assessments or recording student attendances and that it is acceptable to provide TAFE NSW with student results and attendances in other forms.

This advice does not extend to Data Error reports, missing marks (outcomes) or, Smart and Skilled rejections. Members are requested to continue to not engage in the use of EBS.

At this time Federation members are directed to continue the other Protected Industrial Actions including a ban on engaging in work-related communications outside of regular work hours and a ban on the performance of any duties at TAFE NSW exceeding 35 hours in a given week.

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NSW TAFE teachers now join a growing list of State Government workers outraged by the Perrottet Government’s state wages cap of an insulting 2.53 per cent.

The Perrottet Government’s refusal to engage in negotiations has left NSW TAFE teachers little choice other than to take action.

Federation has provided TAFE NSW with notice that its members employed under the TAFE Commission of NSW Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement 2021 will continue to engage in the following previously notified action on an ongoing basis until Saturday 31 December 2022:

1. A ban on engaging in work-related communications outside of regular work hours;

2. A ban on the performance of any duties at TAFE NSW exceeding 35 hours in a given week;

3. A change to the way that work is performed in the following ways:

  • The wearing and display of union and industrial campaign material;
  • The attaching of union and industrial campaign material to outgoing emails;
  • The adding of union and industrial campaign material to TAFE NSW materials and displays; and
  • The distribution of union and industrial campaign material.

4. A ban on the collection and/or entry of data in EBS (Education Business System), SMS (Student Management System) or SAP® in the nature of:

  • Data Error reports;
  • Unentered or missing marks;
  • Smart and skilled rejections;
  • Statistical data; 
  • Student attendance that does not impact on Centrelink recipients.

Federation has provided TAFE with notice that its members employed under the TAFE Commission of NSW Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement 2021 will be engaging in the following protected industrial action.

Commencing, Monday 31 October 2022 on an ongoing basis Saturday 31 December 2022:

5. A ban on the responding to work-related emails

6. A ban on the submission and response to Service Now (SNOW) tickets

Accordingly Federation directs Teachers and Related Employees to not respond work related email each and every Wednesday from 2 November (the day of the one day stoppage at nominated campuses). This direction does not prevent members from reading work related emails.

Members are reminded that while notification has been provided until Saturday 31 December 2022 developments in bargaining may result in bans being lifted or reinstated as appropriate.

A printable calendar of events can be downloaded by clicking here.