The second bargaining meeting between Staff Association representatives and CSIRO senior management was held Wednesday 27 November 2019.
The two-hour negotiations allowed parties to outline initial bargaining positions and map the way forward to progress issues.
The pressure on Chief Executive Larry Marshall to seek an Average Staffing Level (ASL) cap exemption is set to increase with next month’s Consultative Council meeting shaping up as a showdown over the impact of the cap at CSIRO.
Staff Association Secretary Sam Popovski said the December meeting would mark twelve months since the union first raised ASL as an issue of major concern with CSIRO Executive.
“Decisive action to deal with the ASL issue from this Chief Executive is long overdue. It’s now up to Larry Marshall to stand up for CSIRO and staff by applying for an exemption from the Government’s staffing cap,” Mr Popovski said.
CSIRO workplace issues – as identified by Staff Association members – will take centre stage at the next meeting for enterprise agreement (EA) negotiations; with all parties due to nominate key themes and bargaining objectives.
Senior management and Staff Association bargaining representatives have committed to fortnightly meetings in an effort to make early progress in negotiations before the end of the year.
Staff Association Secretary Sam Popovski said the upcoming negotiation meeting would be the first major opportunity for the bargaining issues nominated by CSIRO staff to be heard by management.