The new CSIRO Enterprise Agreement has not yet materialised, despite the conclusion of the all staff vote some four weeks ago.
“We had hoped that the final approval process would be completed in a timely fashion and that CSIRO staff would receive the new agreement – and a long overdue pay increase – by this stage,” Staff Association Secretary Sam Popovski said.
CSIRO Executive have confirmed the delay at the Fair Work Commission in an email to staff. On Tuesday 25 July, FWC wrote to CSIRO and bargaining representatives stating that ‘whilst (FWC) cannot provide a specific approval date, it is anticipated that the agreement will be allocated to a Commission member this week.’
The Executive Team has failed to convene a meeting of Consultative Council in 2017, less than twelve months since the release of the Ernst & Young review which sharply criticised senior governance arrangements at CSIRO.
Traditionally held biannually, meetings of the Consultative Council provide a formal opportunity for representatives of CSIRO management and staff to discuss a range of issues relating to the operation and strategy of the organisation.
CSIRO Executive has advised the Staff Association that the 77th Meeting of CSIRO Consultative Council will be held on Thursday 7 September at North Ryde.
The future of Australian Astronomical Observatory staff attached to the telescope facilities at Siding Springs in New South Wales remains unclear; with government officials unable to release details of changes proposed in the Federal Budget two months ago.
Science Minister Senator Arthur Sinodinos announced $26.1 million in new funding to optical astronomical research and instrumentation including the establishment of a ten year strategic partnership with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) from 2018.