TAFE surprises teachers with ballot
THE TAFE Commission surprised teachers across NSW by proceeding with an enterprise agreement ballot, asking them to approve a new set of work conditions despite that it has not been agreed to by the Australian Education Union.
Under Fair Work, enterprise agreements are made by sending out a ballot to all employees.
A spokesman for the Education and Communities Minister confirmed that TAFE Commission has submitted an agreement that includes a remuneration increase of 2.5%.
Voting ballots have been sent to all TAFE employees and voting will happen between Wednesday, December 12, and Friday December 14.
If the ballot comes back with a negative result to the current proposal, Government and Unions will have to continue negotiating.
Cheryl Amor, one of the representatives of Wollongbar TAFE workers, said a meeting will be conducted next week to get teachers to vote rejecting the proposal.
Lismore TAFE teachers demonstrated outside the Lismore Campus today and rejected the move by the State Government.