31 August 2015

TAFE PAY INCREASE: 2.5 PER CENT FROM 1 JULY

Queensland TAFE teachers have today been informed of a 2.5 per cent administrative pay increase backdated to 1 July 2015.

The QTU approached the new Queensland Government in early July seeking a 4.7 per cent increase from 1 July 2015.  The basis of the Union’s claim was for 2.2 per cent under the previous government’s wages policy for the period from 1 July 2014, and 2.5 per cent for the period from 1 July 2015 under the incoming government’s wages policy.  Having just established its wages policy, the Queensland Government was reluctant to deviate from its terms, but the Minister was very supportive of the payment of a 2.5 per cent increase.

The QTU has also spoken directly with the Minister concerning the award modernisation process in TAFE.  QTU members will recall that TAFE Queensland had made an application as part of the award modernisation process to drastically reduce the conditions applying to Queensland TAFE teachers.

The new Queensland Government has altered the process of award modernisation and has issued a new request to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.  A schedule published by the Commission has the TAFE Teachers Award and the Senior College Teachers Award, due for modernisation in the second quarter of 2016.  Modernisation of the award remains a prerequisite for bargaining under current Queensland legislation.

Minister D’Ath has welcomed a proposal from the QTU that the Union work with TAFE Queensland in an attempt to reach agreement about the terms of a modernised award which can be presented to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission for approval.  This process will commence in the near future.  The QTU is confident that the instructions issued by the new government to TAFE Queensland about the process of modernisation will be very different to those issued by the previous government.

The QTU is continuing to pursue issues around the public service status and conditions of TAFE teachers.  The Minister has suggested that these issues should be revisited at the end of the award modernisation process.  The QTU will raise those issues again in negotiations with TAFE Queensland as part of the award modernisation process.


 Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union