Staff achieve historic vote to protect CSIRO rights and working conditions

vote-no-newcastleCSIRO Executive’s controversial enterprise agreement proposal has been thoroughly rejected by a margin of more than 70 per cent.

Turnout was high, with more than three-quarters of staff (76 per cent) participating in the ballot. The Executive Team’s proposal was designed to strip important conditions and rights from the legally protected enterprise agreement.

It is the first time in living memory that CSIRO staff have voted to reject a proposed agreement. The ballot was also the first occasion that CSIRO staff had an opportunity to vote since bargaining negotiations commenced in July 2014.

Clear message

“This strong result sends a clear message that CSIRO staff will not accept cuts to workplace conditions and rights. It’s now up to the CSIRO Executive to genuinely listen to the views of staff and get a fair deal done,” said Staff Association Secretary Sam Popovski.

“The Staff Association urges the Federal Government to withdraw the bargaining policy which remains the major obstacle to rebuilding morale and trust across CSIRO,” Mr Popovski said.

Tribute to solidarity

Mr Popovski paid tribute to the dedication of Staff Association members, delegates and councillors.

“CSIRO staff have been resolute in their defence of working conditions and rights in this campaign. The ballot result is a tribute to solidarity during these very difficult times.”

“The fight for a fair agreement has received its most important boost. Next week we’ll be appearing before a Senate Committee that is reviewing the bargaining mess.

“The opportunity is now to fix this and we’ll be making CSIRO Executive accountable to this clear decision of staff.” Mr Popovski said.

6 thoughts on “Staff achieve historic vote to protect CSIRO rights and working conditions

  1. Now that we have a result I want to see a clear and timely agenda to restart negotiations to resolve the issues. Failure to do this will result in loss of trust and faith in the system – including management, union and the negotiating process. The lead up to this election has been like extracting teeth – excruciating to say the least. There seems to be no urgency to resolve the issues and the length of time between meetings between management and unions appear to be lengthy and unproductive. Lets get on with it – quickly!

  2. CSIRO Staff Association members held fast to what they believe is important. The current agreement has evolved over nearly 26 years of negotiating, holding onto rights and conditions, is the better offer! Well done CSIRO Staff Association members.

  3. So long as no-back-pay policy stands, there is ZERO incentive for CSIRO management to expedite this process.

    Also, I am aware that work-life balance is a key factor, but I see no value in the claim that management pushed back against requested “productivity gains” as I know no one that works strictly 37.whatever hours/week. I realise that some people clock in/clock out, but the vast majority of staff work more hours than we’re technically being paid for.

    They want to increase my work week to 38? 39? 40 hours? Let them… it will make no difference to the way I must work.

  4. The way that management keeps excusing their proposal by saying they are bound by Government rules suggests to me that in their heart they agree that what they are offering is rubbish.

  5. I have worked at CSIRO for 27 years. In all the past EBA’s we have always had to settled for 1 to 3% less than what has been achieved in the public sector. The only thing that kept me here was the security of Indefinite tenure, however that all changed with the RSS a few years back. And now to expect that we would accept a pay offer that is less than the CPI, as well a slashing the majority of our conditions is beyond belief. We all need to stick to our guns and fight for a fair and better offer, and most of all protect the conditions that we fought hard for years ago. I am happy that the majority of staff voted not to accept this atrocious offer.Hopefully this result will let them know what they can do with it. And finally, for CSIRO and management to say they are bound by government rules may be true, but I ask who voted them in. It’s now time for CSIRO to stop stalling, to act fairly and responsibly, and look after the people that work for them. I would like to see others vent a little here as I have done. It made me feel a little better, will it change anything who knows, only time will tell.


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