Answers sought on CSIRO recruitment freeze

penguins_antarctica_300pxStaff Association representatives have sought answers on the impact of a CSIRO recruitment freeze – part of an Federal Government plan to cut  12,000 jobs from across the public sector.

Minister Eric Abetz announced the new restrictions, claiming that the recruitment freeze was necessary “to help meet the Government’s election commitment to reduce the public service by 12,000 employees by natural attrition.”

The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has taken responsibility for implementing the new arrangements, warning public sector managers to immediately cease current recruitment activity and banning new or renewed non-ongoing employment contracts.

Chief Executive Dr Megan Clark has emailed all CSIRO employees announcing “an immediate recruitment freeze covering… external recruitment and entering into any new or extending existing term or contract employment arrangements.”

Following a brief meeting with management following the announcement, CSIRO Staff Association representatives formally requested further information in terms of the scope and application of the hiring freeze.

While the new restrictions are described as ‘interim arrangements’ neither the Minister’s office or the APSC could indicate how long the employment freeze would stay in place.

The Staff Association will provide updated information to members following further discussions with CSIRO management.

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