New analysis from the union representing workers at the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) reveals that job losses at the national laboratory will be worse than originally forecast, resulting in the loss of one in five employees over a two year period.
Federal Government budget cuts totalling $115 million have wreaked havoc on the organisation, resulting in hundreds of jobs lost and the cancellation of important research.
An internal CSIRO report – built on the survey responses of more than 1,200 staff – has confirmed the dire state of morale at Australia’s premier science organisation as it struggles to cope with unprecedented cuts to funding, staff and research.
The survey – commissioned at the request of the CSIRO Board – was conducted in August and September with the stated purpose of tracking the impact of internal restructuring, Government budget cuts and falling external investment.
A Federal Government funding cut of $115 million was a feature of May’s budget. More than 700 jobs at CSIRO are forecast to go by the end of the financial year.
The Staff Association negotiating team recently met with CSIRO management for another round of enterprise agreement negotiations.
However management’s decision to follow the Government’s restrictive bargaining framework continues to frustrate real progress.
The Government’s policy – which seeks to cut pay, working conditions and employee protections – is beginning to sow discord between employers and employees across the entire public sector.