15 July - TAFE Division Stop-work action postponed
QTU TAFE Division members’ state-wide industrial action planned for Thursday, 18 July has been postponed.
On Friday, 12 July, the employer formally tabled an offer that QTU TAFE Executive will consider in a special meeting on Tuesday, 16 July.
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Update : QTU TAFE Division members’ statewide industrial action planned for Thursday 18 July has been deferred to Tuesday 30 July.
TAFE EB10 Bulletin no.8 1 July 2019 | Download PDF
QTU protected action ballot supported by 97 per cent of TAFE Division members
The QTU’s electronic protected action ballot of our TAFE Division members on the question of industrial action, which was conducted between 11 June and 25 June, has been supported by 97 per cent of members.
QTU TAFE Division members voted yes to support taking an initial two-hour stop-work meeting before 31 July and a subsequent 24 hour strike to be scheduled, if required, at a date to be determined.
The threshold matters identified that could trigger protected industrial action, namely a two-hour stop-work meeting and subsequent 24 hour strike, include:
- salaries that achieve comparability with interstate colleagues and address the cost of living
- a new salary classification structure for education team leaders and higher education
- processes to address gender employment equity
- factors to mitigate increasing workload.
EB10 negotiations are now in red time
The 2016 certified agreement expired on 30 June 2019.
Despite commencing negotiations for a replacement certified agreement and being provided with the QTU log of claims in March, TAFE Queensland has yet to provide the QTU with a formal response.
Protected industrial action next steps
QTU President Kevin Bates convened a special meeting of QTU’s TAFE Executive on Friday, 28th June. This meeting considered the results of the protected action ballot in the context of progress of negotiations, which included receiving a report on the final EB10 bargaining meeting before the nominal expiry of the 2016 certified agreement.
QTU TAFE Executive determined that should TAFE Queensland not have delivered a formal offer to the QTU that addresses the four threshold matters, QTU TAFE Division members should be directed to stop work for two hours on Thursday, 18 July 2019.
Detailed arrangements for the stop work action will be emailed directly to members in the coming days.
All members of the QTU TAFE Division, employed by TAFE Queensland, are hereby directed to stop work for two hours from 10:00am on Thursday 18th July 2019.
Research Officer - Industrial Advocate
Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union