CSIRO Staff Association welcomes appointment of new Chief Executive

The union representing staff at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation  (CSIRO) has welcomed the appointment of new Chief Executive, Dr Larry Marshall.

Chairman of the CSIRO Board, Simon McKeon has announced that Dr Marshall will join the organisation in January, replacing outgoing Chief Executive Dr Megan Clark.

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Bargaining battle to protect working conditions

It’s been nearly three months since the start of talks for a new enterprise agreement at CSIRO. Staff Association representatives have spent many hours negotiating with the management team. While the discussions have been professional and constructive, real progress is painstakingly slow.

What has become increasingly clear – to all parties at the bargaining table – is that the biggest obstacle to reaching agreement is the Government’s inflexible bargaining framework. This situation is not unique to CSIRO however; it’s a pattern being replicated right across the federal public sector.

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Federal politicians starting to focus on CSIRO

Senior representatives of the CSIRO Staff Association met with federal politicians in Canberra recently to discuss the impact of cuts to CSIRO and the important contribution that all publicly funded research agencies make to the Australian community.

Over two days, President Michael Borgas and Secretary Sam Popovski met with more than a dozen politicians including representatives from the Coalition, Labor, Greens, the Palmer United Party and key crossbench independents.

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Scientists angry about Ian Macfarlane’s ‘precious petals’ remark

Greens say industry minister should apologise for insulting the science establishment when he should be advocating for them.

Source The Guardian

 Scientists have reacted angrily to industry minister Ian Macfarlane’s description of them as “precious petals”, while the Greens have demanded that he apologise for the remarks.

Sam Popovski, secretary of the CSIRO staff association, said Macfarlane’s comments were unhelpful at a time when the government is slashing funding to the science agency.“Quite clearly, we reject the characterisation of scientists as precious petals, that’s just not appropriate,” he told Guardian Australia. “It’s important we call for a science minister because science is at the core of the challenges Australia faces, from the environment to creating jobs Continue reading