As you would be aware, your union has been in negotiations with TAFE in relation to the TAFE Commission of NSW Administrative, Support and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement 2022.
At the first meeting that was held between the parties, the CPSU NSW was advised TAFE was interested in a 12-month rollover Enterprise Agreement (EA) with a 2.53 per cent wage increase, as TAFE is bound by the NSW Public Sector Wages Policy. The union advised that we were happy to consider this as an option so that we could recommence bargaining next year without being bound by the Wages Policy, but that we wanted the flex agreement inserted into the EA.
After having participated in interest-based bargaining in the Fair Work Commission with TAFE, the union can advise that the following has been agreed:
The parties are in the process of exchanging letters which gives intent to the flex time clause and confirms that the pay increase will apply to those exiting the organisation due to redundancy. After this, the EA will be sent out to members for review before going to a vote.
Whilst it is not ideal, it is important to remember that:
The union attempted to get a pay increase above that which is allowable under the Wages Policy, but the NSW Government is holding the line on this with respect to all workers covered by the Wages Policy.
The union will be on site next week to meet with members. You can access the schedule HERE. Meeting notices will be forthcoming, and they will include a Microsoft Teams link for those meetings that will be conducted via this manner.
Do you have any questions or feedback about the above? If so, please get in touch with the union by calling us on 1800 772 679.