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TAFE employees protect work conditions in first Enterprise Agreement

15 November 2012

The first enterprise agreement for NSW TAFE employees has been approved by Fair Work Australia, protecting existing work conditions for over 6,000 education support staff across the state, the Community and Public Sector Union said today

At a time when NSW budget cuts are hitting TAFE NSW and causing anxiety among employees, the new agreement would ensure security of conditions, said CPSU Senior Industrial Officer Andrew Holland.

TAFE management had attempted to strip a raft of conditions from TAFE employees under the agreement, the first to be negotiated under the Fair Work Australia jurisdiction.

"We directed our members to vote no to TAFE's first offer that stripped away important conditions. We also sought bargaining orders from Fair Work Australia. That forced TAFE back to the negotiating table to reconsider their position," said Mr Holland.

"The new agreement includes all the existing working conditions our members told us were important to them."

Conditions protected under the agreement include flex-time provisions, redundancy protections and all leave provisions. It also includes the ability for long-term temporary workers to convert to permanent positions.

The agreement covers employees including administrative staff, trades assistants, security staff, childcare workers, librarians and technical officers at all ten TAFE institutes across NSW.

"The Government's intention in moving TAFE out of the NSW and into the federal system was to undermine conditions and entitlements for TAFE employees," said Mr Holland.

"However our members have shown that by sticking together and standing up for a fair go, they were able to protect their rights at work. This is a great outcome for NSW TAFE employees."

Contact Details
Andrew Holland, Snr Industrial Officer
Ph:  02 9220 0900

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