The Staff Association has expressed dismay and concern at the recent actions of the Federal Government and CSIRO Executive, which has resulted in an effective recruitment freeze throughout the organisation.
For several months, Staff Association representatives have been opposing the application of an Average Staffing Level (ASL) cap at CSIRO.
Staff Association delegates at CSIRO Clayton have marked Men’s Health week with a successful half day seminar which focussed on the themes of mental health, physical wellbeing, family violence and support services.
Special guests included Professor Dragan Ilic from Monash University, Greg White from Beyond Blue and Workplace Wellbeing Specialist Rae Bonney.
CSIRO Staff Association delegate and Principal Research Scientist Mark Bown said the success of the event exceeded expectations.
So, what does it take to be a delegate? For many union members at CSIRO the prospect of taking on a representative role can seem daunting. But what’s the reality of the delegate experience?
The Staff Association recently spoke with three delegates to find out more.
IT’S A MINOR milestone. Tim Moore just marked ten years with CSIRO. A research engineer who works at the Newcastle Energy Centre, Tim’s current work is focused on the grid-integration and storage of renewables and he admits there’s a bit of pressure, especially given the attendant public debate.
“It’s an exciting and a busy time. There’s a bit of pressure. Australia – in policy sense – is a little behind the eight ball, we need to get on top of energy and energy storage in a way we haven’t done yet; so the pressure is on and CSIRO is happily a big part of coming up with a solution,” Tim said.