Bargaining battle at CSIRO heats up

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.

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Making our voice heard

parliament house canberraThe Staff Association recently wrote to more than thirty MPs and Senators from across the political spectrum, extending an invitation to meet. Sixteen meetings have been confirmed to take place in Canberra during 3-4 March 2015.

Meanwhile, members are encouraged to join with thousands of concerned workmates, friends and families at national Australian Council of Trade Union rallies on Wednesday, 4 March. Most events will be held at lunchtime.

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Council meets in Hobart

CSIRO Section Council gathered in Hobart last week for their first meeting of 2015. Council had extensive discussions about the state of CSIRO funding, job cuts and bargaining negotiations. There was strong agreement that our bargaining campaign needed to escalate and move toward a Protected Action Ballot.

Other issues discussed included CSIRO jobs, the future of science funding and the upcoming CSIRO 2015-25 strategic plan.

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