The Community Public Sector Union (CPSU) of NSW has claimed a state-wide restructure would see 678 jobs lost across TAFE NSW campuses including 52 in the states west and 12 in Dubbo, however this has been disputed by TAFE NSW.
Union general secretary Stewart Little claimed the jobs slashed across the Student Services and Facilities Management and Logistics sectors are just the start, stating there would be 'hundreds' to follow.
However, responding to questions from the Daily Liberal, a spokesperson from TAFE NSW said the CPSU are "mistaken in their assertions" as consultation is still underway and it is too early to say what might happen in the region.
"The CPSU has misunderstood the information provided to staff, confusing role changes for job losses," the spokesperson said.
"There are no plans to privatise TAFE NSW. In fact, in 2020/21 the NSW Government is investing more than $200 million in capital works projects to deliver new teaching and learning spaces for communities right across NSW.
"In 2016, TAFE NSW announced a new One TAFE operating model to bring together 10 separate institutes and its digital delivery arm.
"We have been transparent with employees and unions these teams would go through organisational design as part of the One TAFE modernisation reforms. These changes will reduce duplication and management layers.
"It is expected that the final structures will see a net reduction of fewer than 50 jobs across the organisation.
"These are not frontline jobs. There are no teaching positions or roles that support students in the classroom or with their studies in these proposed changes."
The union said it will be "fighting these job cuts at every stage".
"TAFE NSW is a vital piece of infrastructure that must remain in public hands, not dismantled for private operators."
The statement said TAFE NSW had advised the union of two major restructures which will see 10 per cent of educational support jobs go.
The union said the jobs that would go include people who work directly with students, including: student advisors, customer support officers, field officers, VET fee help coordinators, help desk operators, marketing and promotions support officers.
They said workers who maintain the campuses are also going, including gardeners, caretakers, facilities officers, tradespersons, tool store persons, security officers, asset and fleet control managers, and site services assistants.
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