Protected industrial action will continue at CSIRO, following strong participation from Staff Association members in national public sector strike action. Two of the current work bans currently in place – the ban on effort logging and working more than 7 hours 21 minutes per day – are set to continue throughout July.
Meanwhile the latest negotiation meeting has failed to yield any breakthrough, with management again failing to timetable or outline either a pay offer or a proposed agreement – despite almost being twelve months since the nominal expiry of the current agreement.
Geelong mass meeting
CSIRO union members recently joined thousands of public sector workers by taking protected strike action as part of a series of nation-wide work stoppages and mass meetings.
The largest federal public sector strike in thirty years was sparked by the Abbott Government’s regressive bargaining policy which mandates cuts to working conditions and rights.
Big numbers of Staff Association members were front and centre at mass meetings held across Australia in capital and regional cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Darwin, Newcastle, Geelong, Townsville and many more.
The CSIRO Staff Association is concerned that a proposed 20 per cent cut to staff working in the Health and Safety and Environmental Sustainability (HSE) advisory function will increase workload pressure on remaining support roles and result in less time researchers can devote to science.
The proposed 20 per cent cut to HSE roles is being justified due to the loss of 1 in 5 CSIRO staff over the past two years, following a Government funding cut of $115 million in last year’s federal budget and a sweeping internal restructure that has resulted in some 1,300 jobs cut.