Your union recently met with Jon Black, Managing Director, TAFE NSW on your behalf. Five of your delegates also attended and a member from Campbelltown was invited to speak to her experiences with the interview process across a number of regions. She gave a personal account of how the whole saga has impacted staff emotionally and affected work routine/balance and how this leaves lasting scars with thoughts of the lack of loyalty shown by TAFE to staff. While TAFE may claim “staff welfare” to be one of its Core Values, all evidence in this recruitment process is to the contrary.
Besides the abysmal performance of the recruitment process, your union also highlighted the number of staff, particularly women, in insecure employment. We made reference to people having been long-term temps for between nine and 23 years and who were unable to gain positions in the Group 4 restructure either because they had not been merit selected originally or they had not been upskilled enough by TAFE across the years to be able to deal with the technological advancements required to perform well in the interview and assessment process.
It is our view that TAFE has failed these employees, making use of their loyalty and strong work ethic, then throwing them on the scrap heap at the end of the day.
At the meeting, TAFE was warned by the CPSU NSW that the use of external agencies to support the recruitment process inevitably ends badly. They have no understanding of TAFE culture or public service spirit.
Further meeting outcomes with regard to the dysfunctional recruitment process included:
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