Move to burn TAFE casuals reversed

Jen Dive
Relieving Industrial Officer

Federation action has ensured TAFE part time casual teachers engaged for work at campuses closed during the October bushfire emergency will be paid for those hours.

On October 22, the Department of Education and Communities issued a circular on behalf of the Managing Director of TAFE NSW, Pam Christie, stating that part time casual TAFE teachers with approved hours in their Teacher Program Diary would not be paid if they had not reported for duty. This was despite the campuses being closed because of the fires and a direction to employees not to attend closed campuses.

Upon receiving this information and being contacted by distressed members the Australian Education Union NSW Branch (AEU NSW) wrote to the Department to seek that part time casual TAFE teachers be paid for all approved hours in their Teacher Program Diary.

The Department has now agreed that all part time casual employees that had approved hours in their Teacher Program Diary for the days that their campuses were closed will be paid for those hours.

It is a stark reminder of the vulnerability part time casual TAFE teachers experience on a daily basis and the far reaching effects of a lack of job security.

The AEU NSW is committed to defending the rights of all members and is pleased that the Department will now act with the compassion that these employees deserve.

Institute Human Resources staff will be contacting the relevant part time casual teachers to advise them of this decision. Should any members need any assistance in regards to this please contact your Organiser.