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Importance notice for students

Update 13 May 2024

Industrial action is taking place at The Gordon following a recent decision by Australian Education Union (AEU) members to take protected industrial action (PIA). 
The action will include some teachers handing out AEU campaign materials on campus, and providing public comments, about the campaign.

The Gordon mitigating measures in place and do not anticipate the industrial action will impact student learning. We will continue to keep students, staff and other stakeholders updated.  A list of FAQs for students is listed below.

We recognise the right of a team member to choose whether to participate in protected industrial action and respect the right of staff to express their voice. We encourage the AEU to return to negotiations to support constructive resolution of the bargaining process.

Should you have any questions about this please contact custservice1@gordontafe.edu.au.
 

FAQs for students

Q. How do I know if my classes are affected? What if my teacher is involved?

Some teachers are participating in industrial action and you may notice campaign material around campus.

At this stage the industrial action is mostly limited to administrative processes, relating to auditing and teacher professional development, the provision of internal documents, record keeping, wearing Union-related insignia, and stopping work during visits by certain politicians.​ ​

Limited bans on responding to student enquiries, and undertaking extra teaching or overtime also apply.

Any impacts to classes will be advised via email and sms.

Should you have any issues or questions please contact  custservice1@gordontafe.edu.au.

 

Q. How long will the industrial action go for? 

The exact length of industrial action is not known. For now, we do not expect widespread impact on classes.  Should you have any issues or questions about courses or classes, please contact custservice1@gordontafe.edu.au.

 

Q.  Why are teachers handing out flyers?

The AEU have advised that some teaching staff may distribute campaign materials on campus as part of their industrial campaign.

Victorian TAFEs respect the rights of staff to exercise their workplace rights. AEU members are able to hand out materials as part of the taking protected industrial action.

We do not anticipate that the action will disrupt student learning.

 

Q.  Are there areas that staff aren’t allowed to hand out flyers – i.e. in classrooms during class times?

The AEU have advised that some teaching staff may distribute campaign materials on campus as part of their industrial campaign.

AEU members can hand out materials on or off campus as part of taking protected industrial action.

Victorian TAFEs recognise the rights of staff to exercise their workplace rights, and expect any action will be conducted respectfully. We are encouraging the AEU not to disrupt student learning. 

 

Q.  I have seen comments on social media that teachers aren’t valued and are poorly paid.   Is this true?

The Gordon values all staff.  There is commentary and activity at the moment due to industrial action taking place on campus that is part of the enterprise bargaining process.

We have heard from staff and recognise that cost-of-living pressures are real.

Through the VTA, TAFEs have been engaging constructively with the AEU on a range of ideas and options to meet the interests of teachers and the challenges for TAFE, including increases to wages, and look forward to the AEU returning to negotiations.

TAFEs also have to work within the Victorian Government Wages Policy, to ensure any increases are funded and protect the sustainability of our TAFE.