12 December 2013

TAFE Developments

TAFE Appeal Hearing Postponed

The hearing of the DETE appeal against the Queensland Industrial Relation Commission (QIRC) decision to refer TAFE enterprise bargaining to arbitration set for 16 December has been cancelled. The notification from the Queensland Industrial Registry does not provide information on when the hearing will be rescheduled but it is now unlikely that it will occur before the end of 2013.

The QTU has been and is ready to argue its case. The protracted process has been the result of the introduction by the state government of new IR legislation and its delay in appointing a new President of the Industrial Court.

As previously advised, the hearing will consider legal arguments about whether the decision to refer the matter to arbitration was valid. It will not consider the merits of either the DETE or QTU enterprise bargaining positions.

Central Queensland Amalgamation

The QTU President Kevin Bates, Central Queensland Regional Organiser Barry Thomson and TAFE Organiser David Terauds met with the Vice-Chancellor of the Central Queensland University, Professor Scott Bowman on 5 December. The meeting was congenial and productive and resulted in the following commitments

  • A QTU observer position on the CQU joint consultative committee for the six months before the amalgamation
  • Regular monthly meetings between the QTU and university management for the six months before the amalgamation
  • Consultation on post-amalgamation industrial arrangements.

Keep Up to Date

Members are encouraged to remain informed of any developments via the QTU website.

Additionally, if you have not already done so, you are encouraged to get online and update your details with a personal email address, so that the QTU can communicate with you directly via email over the holiday period.

The QTU wishes all its TAFE members and their families a happy holiday season and new year. We look forward to taking up the challenges facing TAFE with renewed vigour in 2014. 

Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, QTU