Climate of uncertainty at CSIRO remains


Argo float deploymentDetails remain unclear surrounding Science Minister Greg Hunt’s intervention into CSIRO climate research, with media reports suggesting that the announcement of additional climate science jobs does not include any new money from the Turnbull Coalition Government.

The $37 million appropriation – tied directly to the nascent Climate Science Centre (CSC) in Hobart – will apparently be sourced from CSIRO’s own funds over ten years and involves the creation of 15 new positions, based at locations still to be determined.

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CSIRO staff to vote on cuts to workplace rights and conditions

computer-thumbs-downAfter more than two years since the nominal expiry of the current enterprise agreement, management will finally ask CSIRO staff to vote on their proposed replacement that will strip many important workplace rights in return for a paltry pay offer.

It’s arguably the worst workplace deal offered to staff in CSIRO’s history.

The Staff Association is preparing an updated, detailed analysis of management’s proposal. In the meantime, here’s an overview of key rights and conditions under threat.

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Is an enterprise bargaining vote on the way?

onlinevote300wCSIRO’s Executive Team has provided the strongest indication yet that staff will receive a chance to cast their verdict on management’s controversial enterprise bargaining strategy.

In an email to staff, Executive Director Dr Peter Mayfield said that the management negotiation team were preparing for an all staff vote on their enterprise agreement (EA) proposal; almost two years since the nominal expiry of the existing deal.

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