TAFE Newsflash 30 Jan 2020
TAFE EB certification
The TAFE Queensland employer ballot for acceptance of the replacement enterprise agreement passed with a 97 per cent yes vote. Subsequently, late in 2019, an application was made to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission to have the agreement certified.
A hearing of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission has been scheduled for Friday 31 January at 10:30am before Deputy President Merrell. The purpose of the hearing is to process the application for certification of the replacement TAFE Queensland Agreement.
Back pay and one-off payments
Upon the agreement being certified, TAFE Queensland will make arrangements to process back pay and the one-off $1,250 payment, as well as other adjustments arising from the agreement. The QTU has been advised that back pay (the 2.5 per cent increase from 1 July 2019) is likely to be paid on the first practicable pay date, and that the $1,250 and any adjustments to other payments (such as leave loading adjustments) will be paid on the second available practicable pay date. Please note that this MAY NOT be the first and second pay date following certification.
The QTU will provide more specific information on dates for payment once certification has been achieved.
Other matters in the new agreement
Permanency was one of the other key priorities for the QTU in negotiating a new enterprise bargaining agreement. The parties to the new agreement considered this issue so important that work on conversion of eligible temporary and casual employees to permanent employment (two years’ service and a business case) began late in 2019. By the end of the year, most TAFE institutes had processed conversions and more than 150 teachers and tutors had been approved for permanency. The last institutes will complete this process as a matter of priority in 2020.
A range of other outcomes from the new agreement will begin rolling out once the formal process of certification has been completed. Key among these are programming changes and measures to address gender employment inequity.
Novel coronavirus update
With the advent of novel coronavirus there have been a number of enquiries from members regarding safety to attend work. The QTU takes this opportunity to reiterate that, according to Queensland Health on Wednesday, 30 January, there has been one positive test for coronavirus in Queensland. The government is continuing to monitor the situation, as are we.
The QTU reemphasises the advice distributed by Queensland Health, the Education Department and TAFE Queensland, which was updated late on Wednesday, 30 January 2020. The following advice is now in place.
- Anyone who has been in contact with any confirmed novel Coronavirus cases must self-isolate (self-isolation means staying at home and not accepting visitors) for 14 days following exposure.
- Travellers who have visited Hubei province in China need to self-isolate for 14 days after leaving.
- Returned travellers who have visited China cannot attend school, childcare or TAFE for 14 days after leaving China, including Hong Kong.
Our Union always follows the advice of public health authorities in these circumstances.
During this time, it is important that we take the best possible care of ourselves and each other, and you should be aware of what to look out for.
If you notice a developing fever or respiratory symptoms and you have travelled to China within 14 days of demonstrating those symptoms, you should make an appointment with your general practitioner immediately. You are also urged to call ahead and advise the clinic so precautions can be taken. If you are in contact with students who display those symptoms, you should encourage them to seek medical advice.
In any of the scenarios above, please ensure you notify your supervisor and your workplace health and safety officer immediately.
For more information on novel coronavirus and to stay up-to-date, check the Australian Government’s Department of Health website, or the Queensland Government’s website