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TAFE students working part-time under Work Choices say they are juggling up to four jobs and being paid for fewer hours than they work, according to teachers and new research data.

The study builds on earlier research. The first part of the study found school students who were working at least 10 hours a week, often into the early hours, to make up for lost penalty rates.

The second part, released last week, found similar experiences among TAFE students. It was commissioned by the NSW Teachers Federation and was conducted by Randall Pearce, the director of Think: Insight and Advice.

One TAFE student said: "There was a manager who clocked everyone off at 10 o'clock, but we worked until like 1 o'clock."

Pierre Masse, a federation representative who teaches hospitality at Ryde College of TAFE, said some students were missing class time to complete assignments because they were working long hours.

"Some of the students will finish work at 6am and turn up to college at 8am and we expect them to perform for eight hours. There used to be a little bit of that happening before Work Choices, but it seems to have exploded."

Jim Nolan, the head teacher for trades at Broken Hill TAFE, said six of 60 apprentices at the college were on Australian Workplace Agreements. "Their pay and conditions are not as good as those who are under collective agreements with other mining companies in Broken Hill."

Rob Long, a hospitality and management teacher at Wollongong TAFE, said some of his students were working up to 70 hours a week, including weekends, on a flat rate at a Wollongong restaurant. "I have been teaching for 10 years and it does appear that our full-time students seem to be working more hours. I know of one student who is working four part-time jobs."

A spokeswoman for the Workplace Relations Minister, Joe Hockey, said most of the behaviour described was illegal and should be referred to the Workplace Ombudsman.


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