TAFE enterprise bargaining – EB 7 progress report

The QTU submitted its TAFE log of claims to the department in November 2011.  However, with departmental representatives unable to bargain when the state government went into caretaker mode earlier this year and the subsequent delay in the announcement of a wages policy following the change of government, negotiations have only recently begun.

The QTU log of claims is designed to promote interest based bargaining around the following issues:

  • fully funded pay rises
  • relativity with schools and interstate jurisdictions
  • maintenance of existing conditions
  • introduction of systemic changes for enhanced efficiencies and lower overheads
  • examination of best practice around "flexible delivery"
  • examination of workload issues associated with the unpacking of training packages
  • enhanced measures for the maximisation of permanency
  • establishment of pathways (supported study, RPL, articulation etc) for progression through the salary barrier
  • review of career structures/promotional pathways for TAFE educational staff.

To date, there have been two meetings of the single bargaining unit (SBU) which comprises QTU, Together and departmental representatives.

A wages policy including a percentage increases of “up to 3 per cent per annum” with “efficiency” trade offs has now been announced by the new LNP government.  However, to this point the government has not articulated a bargaining position for TAFE.  Consequently there has been no response or counter offer from the government to the QTU’s log of claims.

Members will be aware that government policy generally does not provide for backdating of pay rises.  Consequently it is imperative that the new agreement commences on time.

In light of this, the Union has requested that the government table an offer at the SBU's next meeting in late June.  Should an offer not be forthcoming, the Union will consider its options at that point.

In the interim, members are encouraged to make contact with their local LNP representatives and talk to them about the funding needed for our EB claim.  The Union has distributed a TAFE fact sheet and a lobbying script for use in such delegations to politicians.  Members of TAFE Council and Executive and Union Representatives in institutes are being requested to arrange delegations from each institute.

Link to the TAFE fact sheet and the lobbying script on the QTU website.

Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary,
Queensland Teachers' Union,  21 Graham St,  Milton,Q.4064