The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has been asked to decide whether the application of the Average Staffing Level (ASL) cap at CSIRO has resulted in the breach of the enterprise agreement and workplace laws.
Meanwhile, CSIRO Staff Association delegates and members in Newcastle have highlighted the impact of the cap during a meeting with Shadow Science Minister Brendan O’Connor.
Staff Association representatives met with CSIRO senior management yesterday to determine the path forward for negotiations for a new enterprise agreement.
All bargaining representatives committed to fortnightly meetings and prompt consideration of issues that will be raised to develop the agreement.
The next negotiation meeting will be held on 27 November 2019.
Chief Executive Larry Marshall is under pressure to step up his response to staffing cap restrictions at CSIRO with a recent appearance at Senate Estimates soon to be followed with a date at the workplace watchdog.
CSIRO management are due to appear before the Fair Work Commission on Monday 11 November to defend allegations that the increased engagement of contractors and labour hire – specifically to deal with the Average Staffing Level (ASL) cap restrictions – represents a breach of the Enterprise Agreement.
Staff Association Secretary Sam Popovski again called on Dr Marshall to take decisive action.