Support CSIRO finalists in this year’s Innovation Challenge

Several CSIRO projects feature as finalists in the 2014 Innovation Challenge.

Staff Association members can show their support by voting online, but act quick – voting closes midnight, this Wednesday 19 November.

The awards are sponsored by The Australian newspaper, Shell and are supported by the Department of Industry.

Three CSIRO projects have been nominated in two categories. Instructions on how to participate in the online votes are included below.

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Sign the Pledge and help fix CSIRO bargaining impasse

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.

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Latest cuts to CSIRO hit research into Manufacturing, Agriculture and Digital Productivity

The cuts keep coming for Australia’s largest Government laboratory, the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

The CSIRO Staff Association said that management documents reveal plans to retrench 75 researchers in manufacturing, agriculture and digital productivity.

CSIRO’s funding was cut by $115 million in May’s federal budget. More than 700 jobs at CSIRO are predicted to be lost by the end of the financial year.

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