VocVoice: supporting members in vocational education
Employees in the Vocational Education & Training (VET) sector are dealing with workload pressures and massive uncertainty as the Federal Government pushes through funding changes without thought for its impact on both teaching and administrative staff.
An out of touch Federal Government has set up an ombudsman to oversee impacts on students while hundreds of staff have been made redundant due to the changes.
While employees are aware of the difficult position their employers have been put in as a result of the Federal Government’s funding changes, they are calling on their employers to undertake proper consultation about workplace changes before decisions are made and show employees respect by providing professional pay and conditions.
Our union will be contacting members regularly as this campaign progresses. Also keep an eye out for the new VocVoice e-newsletter containing important updates for members in vocational education.
Members with any questions or concerns should email our VocVoice campaign team via firstname.lastname@example.org
Ensure our union is a strong voice, speaking out for VET sector employees by maintaining your membership or encouraging your colleagues to join.
- Why was there a lack of consultation with employees in the VET sector?
- How can colleges be expected to operate in the new environment with the lack of communication from the Federal Government?
- When will the Federal Government take into account the knowledge and experience of those on the ground?
- When will the Federal Government level the playing field for private higher education students?
- When will the Federal Government provide proper protection for educators in the sector and show them the professional respect they deserve?
- What strategies do employers propose to provide certainty and job security to staff?
- How do employers propose to consult with employees regarding workplace changes resulting from current funding reform?
- When will employers recognise the professionalism and experience of staff and provide contemporary pay and conditions?
- What mechanisms will employers put in place in order to provide course continuity for both trainers and students?
- How will employers ensure integrity in their operations in light of recent misconduct in the sector?