Federation Senior Officers met with Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Skills John Barilaro on August 3 to discuss the future of the NSW TAFE system.
The meeting canvassed the issues and challenges in the vocational education and training sector in a positive and productive manner. This included discussion of the need for settlement on a new Enterprise Agreement on TAFE teachers’ salaries and conditions.
Federation wrote to the Premier immediately after the meeting to reaffirm the union’s position on key matters (excerpts of the letter are given below).
Federation members in TAFE are commended for their unrelenting commitment and support for the Stop TAFE Cuts campaign, especially in light of the protracted negotiations to achieve a new salaries and conditions enterprise agreement. Members in the schools sector have been providing much-needed support and solidarity and are urged to continue to do so.
Time will tell if the meeting with the Premier signals a turning point for the better in the campaign to stop the dismantling of the widely respected but beleaguered NSW TAFE system.
One thing is certain: Federation will continue to fight with all available resources to secure a positive future for TAFE.