The union representing employees at CSIRO says that eighteen Tasmanian-based positions are set to be axed, more than previously expected.
The Secretary of the CSIRO Staff Association, Mr Sam Popovski, said that formal advice provided by management to the union had identified eighteen positions as potentially redundant, with the vast majority of losses to be felt in Hobart, from CSIRO’s Marine and Atmospheric Research (CMAR) division.
The launch of CSIRO’s latest marine research vessel has edged closer with news of additional funding for sea trials and the announcement of operational contracting arrangements for the new boat.
While Research Vessel (RV) Investigator remains under construction in Singapore’s Sembawang Shipyard, developments closer to home have brought the highly anticipated research vessel into closer view.
A campaign by Staff Association members to improve childcare at Clayton has scored a big victory, with CSIRO announcing plans to expand facilities and services aimed to create more spaces for children and shorter waiting lists for families.
The Committee for Better Childcare was formed almost two years ago in response to anecdotal evidence suggesting that many Clayton employees with young families were missing out on childcare.
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The Federal Government has announced that Dr Megan Clark’s term as CSIRO Chief Executive will be extended by twelve months.
The announcement confirms a decision taken by the CSIRO Board to extend Dr Clark’s leadership beyond the expiry of the current five year term, due to run out in December.
The union representing employees at CSIRO has said that the independent investigation into bullying and harassment should serve as a wake-up call for the science and research organisation.
The Secretary of the CSIRO Staff Association, Mr Sam Popovski, today released the union’s submission to The Independent Investigation for Allegations of Workplace Bullying and Other Unreasonable Behaviour.
The inquiry – which is being conducted by Emeritus Professor Dennis Pearce AO – will soon begin deliberations on the extent of the problem in CSIRO, with the deadline for submissions coming into effect on Friday 7 June.
The Staff Association continues to seek answers from management on the size and scope of job cuts across CSIRO.
Staff Association President Michael Borgas examines the Big Society and what the future might hold for public sector science in Australia.
BIG SOCIETY. The premise sounds positive enough: A reformed public sector that encourages greater community involvement, built on volunteering and local decision making, underpinned by open and transparent processes. Just ignore the slightly Orwellian-sounding language.
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- Cuts hurt… CSIRO
- Pearce Inquiry update
- Who’s afraid of Big Society?
- Know Your Rights special guide
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A management plan to restructure CSIRO’s Finance Business Unit will result in job losses and stunt career development, the Staff Association has warned.
The detailed plan – complete with a detailed organisational chart mapping the changes – was sprung on Finance staff earlier this month without prior consultation, said Staff Association National Organiser Paul Girdler.
Under budget pressures, the CSIRO Executive has made the decision to cut staffing numbers, with more than 200 staff likely to become potentially redundant. The Staff Association is working at all levels to:
- minimise the number of involuntary redundancies;
- ensure that voluntary redundancy substitution and redeployment processes occur;
- enforce consultation provisions and entitlements contained in the CSIRO Enterprise Agreement (EA);
- scrutinise potential savings, just as CSIRO’s contractor and consultant expenses; and
- ensure all members are treated fairly and respectfully. Continue reading
Applications for our scholarships in 2013 are now open.
The CSIRO Staff Association awards up to seven scholarships to members each year. These include the long standing John Little (Study) Scholarship, and our two new scholarships created in 2012, Women in Science and Community Citizenship. Continue reading