Media spotlight on CSIRO staff taking action

News that CSIRO staff are standing up for their rights at work continues to grab plenty of media attention.

There’s been strong interest in the Staff Association campaign at CSIRO to defend working conditions.

Staff at Australian science agency start industrial action
Nature

After enduring two years of budget cuts and job losses under a government that seems determined to cut back on research spending, scientists and support staff at Australia’s premier science agency have had enough. They began industrial action on 30 April, after talks on a new pay deal stalled.

Public sector revolt in 15 Gov’t agencies – AAP

Thousands of Australian Tax Office workers have voted to strike and the CSIRO has begun work bans as the public sector revolts against reduced pay and work conditions.

CSIRO staff launch disobedience campaign over pay, conditions – The Australian

CSIRO workers will launch a campaign of administrative disobedience after talks yesterday failed to reboot enterprise negotiations with management.

Coalition about to weather storm of public service anger over wages Guardian Australia 

The CSIRO is just one agency that has already borne the brunt of deep cuts – $115m –from last year’s budget. Its staff association spokesman, Sam Popovski, said that amounted to a loss of 20% of staff over two years. From a high two years ago of 6,500, the organisation will settle at 5,200 jobs this year.

CSIRO staff launch industrial action over bargaining policy Fairfax Media

Scientists and workers at the CSIRO will launch industrial action on Thursday as anger boils over at management’s refusal to budge from the federal government’s “hostile” bargaining policy .

Angry CSIRO staff fight for rights – Hobart Mercury

CSIRO Staff Association secretary Sam Popovski said the work bans were not designed to harm science, but instead target senior management. The work bans will see staff limit the recording and supply of efficiency data, face-to-face meetings with management and working any unpaid overtime.

CSIRO workforce takes industrial action – ABC online

The work bans will target co-operation with senior management and staff said science-related activities would not be affected.

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