Cover of October AEU Journal  AEU SA Journal:  October 2021: Contents

Bid to restart TAFE EB

Angela Dean, AEU Campaign Organiser (TAFE focus), reviews where the current round of TAFE SA Enterprise Bargaining stands.

Enterprise bargaining meetings began in 2020, but soon stalled when TAFE SA, in a business unit restructure, moved to replace Educational Managers (EMs) with lower paid Senior Business Managers.

The AEU lodged a case in the South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET) opposing their removal and TAFE SA was ordered not to take any further steps towards filling Senior Business Manager positions, and not to declare any additional EMs excess.

The AEU also notified the employer that we would cease enterprise bargaining as the removal of EMs will have flow- on implications for other educational staff classifications and subsequent workload proposals, making it unlikely a new agreement could be formed until the matter is resolved in SAET.

The employer is still fighting the matter before the tribunal, despite conceding another defeat by retaining the EM leadership position and restoring seven EM positions. The AEU has continued to assert that the haste to remove this educational leadership classification was outside of due process.

However, the AEU has recently written to TAFE SA in an attempt to recommence the enterprise bargaining process, if the employer returns to the table in good faith with an assurance that there will be no significant changes to the educational staffing conditions or structure outside of enterprise bargaining processes.

We will continue to fight for the preservation or improvement of all current entitlements.

The AEU is proposing enhancements in working conditions that include better remuneration; reasonable and sustainable workloads; better work travel arrangements; safe and secure employment; and improved access to quality professional development.

We welcome the employer’s return to a transparent process that promotes best educational practices throughout TAFE SA.