The TaFE NSW bargaining team, the union and appointed representatives reviewed the progress of negotiations and discussed meetings for 2016. If you are a member of the union, you will soon receive a ballot to vote on the proposed labour dispute. Of course, we all strive to minimize the impact on our students and industry partners. We ask you to support us in the coming weeks as we work hard behind the scenes to close the deal. TAFE NSW will shortly present a communication on the rights of workers` representatives to all employees concerned. These emails were triggered by the discovery of a technical error, the inclusion of a TAFE NSW logo in the Notice of Employeee Representational Rights (NERR), which was distributed to employees in June 2015. The agreed salary increase of 2.5% will be paid on 23 February 2017. This involves retroactive payments from the first full payment period, after TAFE NSW has entered into an agreement with the NSW Teachers Federation, i.e. on 2 December 2016. I would like to point out that Kerry Penton, who is currently the negotiator, will return to the Riverina Institute in the coming weeks. I look forward to working directly with the parties in the next round of negotiations and will be supported in the negotiations by the People and Security Team.

This may take time, but TAFE is determined to continue negotiating in good faith to try to reach an agreement with unions and negotiators. Once these negotiations are completed, you will be asked to vote on a new company agreement. In the meantime, the existing company agreement, which covers wages and working conditions, remains in force. TAFE NSW is currently negotiating with unions and self-proclaimed negotiators to set salaries and conditions for teachers and related employees. It is absolutely essential to do this correctly if we are to safeguard the future and employment of TAFE. Recently, TAFE NSW learned that the Notice of Employee Representational Rights (NERR), published to employees in June 2015, contained a technical error. All current teachers and related staff have the right to vote. Part-time duty teachers must have worked in 2016 to be eligible to vote. The starting point of the new negotiation process will be the agreement in principle with the AEU NSW Teacher Federation.

TAFE NSW is committed to negotiating in good faith until we have a company agreement that will help TAFE compete in a competitive professional training environment and continue to offer quality training. TAFE NSW is about to start negotiations for a new company agreement for TAFE NSW employees, which will be covered by the TAFE Commission of NSW Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement 2013. The current agreement expires on 30 June 2015. If you have any questions about this process, contact peter.baxter11@tafensw.edu.au. Accordingly, I would like to point out that TAFE NSW is using with immediate effect the current negotiation process for a company agreement to replace the TAFE Commission of NSW Teachers and Related Employees Enterprise Agreement 2013. . .