No.3, 14 May 2013

EB8 negotiations

EB8 negotiations are continuing with recent meetings held on 1 and 8 May.

The negotiations have explored further aspects of both the QTU and departmental logs of claim.

In particular, the QTU has sought elaboration of the department’s position on additional remuneration payments (ARPs) and their proposed implementation.

The Union has expanded on the issues presented in the QTU log of claims around “roles” and an expanded classification structure. The QTU’s proposal on casual and sessional engagement was also further elaborated.

The QTU has prepared this comparative table of the QTU and departmental logs of claim.

Negotiations will continue on the 15 of May. All current conditions will remain in place until there is an agreement on a new enterprise agreement.

Survey of members on EB matters

The QTU will shortly be surveying members to ascertain their responses to elements of the departmental offer. We strongly encourage members to engage with the survey process, to ensure that our TAFE Councillors and Executive and the QTU negotiating team understand your views of and concerns about the department’s position.

TAFE Queensland Bill 2013

The QTU made a written submission to the Parliamentary Committee on Education and Innovation with regards to the TAFE Qld Bill 2013. Based on the submission, the QTU was invited to make a presentation to the committee on 2 May. The QTU presented concerns around the broad and open-ended nature of certain ministerial powers described in the bill. It is expected that the bill will be passed in the next sitting of Parliament (20 – 22 May) in order that the establishment of the statutory authority will commence from 1 July 2014. It is anticipated that current TAFE Queensland institutes will be transitioned to the new authority between 1 January and 1 July 2014.

National TAFE inquiry

A national TAFE inquiry has been called by the federal government. This is the first national inquiry into the nature and functioning of the TAFE system (as opposed to the broader VET system) since the Kangan report in the 1970s. The QTU has provided material to AEU Federal TAFE Division for inclusion in the AEU submission to the enquiry. The AEU submission is not yet a public document as it is subject to parliamentary privilege and cannot be released until published by the federal government . Public hearings will commence around the country soon, and it is anticipated that the QTU will attend the Brisbane hearings.

David Terauds
QTU TAFE Organiser

Authorised by Graham Moloney,General Secretary
Queensland Teachers Union 21 Graham Street Milton Q 4064