Despite significant press coverage, the size and scope of the projected job losses among CSIRO term and casual employees – and why the hiring freeze was instituted – remains unclear.
The Staff Association has written to Chief Executive Dr Megan Clark seeking answers.
- Read the letter from the Staff Association to Dr Clark here.
“The situation remains quite murky and we’ve formally requested clarification from management across a range of issues,” Staff Association Secretary Sam Popovski said.
“For instance, we still don’t know how long management intend to keep this recruitment freeze in place. Aside from the uncertainty this creates for term and casual staff, it also makes it very difficult to predict how many staff may be affected.”
Mr Popovski also urged management to provide more information on the likely impact of the job cuts.
“Which areas of research will be impacted and how? Which CSIRO site locations will be impacted and how?”
The motivation for the cuts – whether solely a decision of CSIRO Executive or part of a wider Federal Government public sector staffing freeze – also remains unclear.
“Why are these staffing restrictions being applied at CSIRO when it seems clear from advice issued by the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) that a recruitment freeze is only intended to apply to the Australian Public Service?” Mr Popovski said.
“What is Dr Clark’s response to statements made by the Prime Minister and Minister for Industry, indicating that it is CSIRO management – not the Federal Government – that has sole authority on decisions on job cuts at CSIRO?”
Mr Popovski said that the Staff Association had written to Dr Clark as a matter of urgency and requested a response by the end of the week.
- CSIRO recruitment and staffing freeze – Letter from CSIRO Staff Association to Dr Clark
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- Answers sought on CSIRO recruitment freeze