The battle to protect working conditions at the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation CSIRO looks set to escalate with news that the union representing staff will prepare an application for a Protected Action Ballot in an effort to break an enterprise bargaining deadlock.
“Negotiations for a new enterprise agreement at CSIRO have effectively stalled, with CSIRO management’s support for the Federal Government’s unworkable bargaining policy – which mandates cuts to working conditions, rights and pay – proving to be the major stumbling block,” CSIRO Staff Association Secretary Sam Popovski said.
“CSIRO staff are genuinely frustrated and dismayed by management’s decision to target workplace rights and conditions, especially following the brutal cuts to jobs and research.”
A Federal Government budget cut of $115 million combined with declining external earnings resulted in hundreds of jobs lost, site closures and the abandonment of research. It is estimated that CSIRO will shed almost 1,300 jobs in a two year period, representing a 20 percent cut to the workforce.