TAFE EB: member consultation continues
Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 127 No 8, 2 November 2022, page no. 21
With the current TAFE Queensland Agreement approaching its nominal end date, the Union is preparing to commence bargaining in April next year.
Over the past three months, a series of meetings has been held in branches to allow members to voice their concerns and to float ideas about what will improve their working lives and those of their teammates or regional colleagues.
Key themes are already evident as the process continues, with workload and the undermining of the professional status of VET educators at the forefront.
The process will continue through to the end of 2022, with a survey of TAFE Queensland members to be conducted. Final determination of the log of claims will follow a report to TAFE Council, which will endorse the final log prior to the commencement of negotiations.
Central Queensland University (CQU)
Enterprise bargaining negotiations continue at Central Queensland University, with gains being made around QTU proposals such as new classifications for foundation educator and head of course (VET) roles.
Some significant ground has also been made around proposals on leave types, including the inclusion of groundbreaking gender affirmation leave.
Work is still ongoing. Salaries, of course, are an outstanding matter, but significant pressure is building to conclude negotiations before the end of 2022.