Protected industrial action will continue at CSIRO throughout July and August following strong participation from Staff Association members in national public sector strike action.
Two of the current work bans currently in place – the ban on effort logging and working more than 7 hours 21 minutes per day – are set to continue throughout July and August.
Keeping up the pressure
“We’ll continue our fight for a fair agreement by continuing selected work bans,” Staff Association Secretary Sam Popovski said.
“While the Staff Association will meet with management for negotiations later this month, we’re also encouraging members to continue with the bans on effort logging and working beyond 7 hours 21 minutes per day.
“As per legal requirements, the Staff Association has written to management and notified that the extended bans will apply from 1 July 2015 until the end of the month,” Mr Popovski said.
Update – The Staff Association has written to management and notified that the extended bans will apply from 1 August 2015 until the end of the month. You can view this notice here..
Chief Executive responds
Meanwhile CSIRO Chief Executive Larry Marshall has responded to the Staff Association’s open letter ahead of the June strike action.
While the tone was positive and conciliatory, Dr Marshall reaffirmed management’s commitment to the Government’s regressive bargaining policy.
“The Minister for Industry has directed CSIRO to apply the Public Sector Workplace Bargaining Policy and we are bound by that,” Dr Marshall wrote.
While claiming that management had a goal to “reach a fair and equitable agreement for our team,” Dr Marshall did acknowledge the right of union members to take action in defence of their workplace rights.
“CSIRO and CPSU have a longstanding and important relationship. Your organisation performs an important role for our staff.”
“I recognise and respect the right of the CPSU, other unions and our staff who are union members, to organise and participate in protected industrial action,” Dr Marshall wrote.
The quality of management communications around enterprise bargaining issues and the taking of industrial action has been patchy at times, to say the least.
It all became too much for one Staff Association delegate who took the Internal Communications team to task over advice provided to staff ahead of the stop work action. The withering email in response soon went viral.
The email touched on the many hours of unpaid work CSIRO staff perform, lack of management progress in negotiations and the dangers of ‘streamlining’ or stripping rights from the agreement. The aggressive tone of the management advice also copped a serve.
The email response certainly got a lot of people talking and prompted a swift mea cupla (of sorts) from senior management. Workplace Relations Manager Alex Allars acknowledged “that some people have expressed concern about the tone of the email.”
“I am sorry about that and will certainly take on board such feedback for future communications,” Ms Allars wrote.