CSIRO senior management continue to support the Federal Government’s regressive bargaining policy and have failed to put forward a position on pay or offer a replacement enterprise agreement to staff; despite having received the Staff Association’s bargaining position some 18 months ago.
It is now nearly two years since CSIRO staff had a pay rise and senior management remain committed to a policy that aims to cut many working conditions and rights that have been hard won over many years. This includes stripping over 45 clauses from the legally protected agreement only to be replaced by unenforceable policy that can be altered at management’s whim and without staff agreement.
The problems facing CSIRO staff are identical to the situation faced by workers across the public sector. The Abbott Government’s bargaining strategy is widely viewed as the harshest adopted by any major employer in Australia, however resistance is growing and industrial action is spreading across the federal public sector.