Staff Association steps up legal campaign to stop CSIRO job cuts
Staff Association representatives have written to senior management alleging further breaches of the CSIRO enterprise agreement regarding the application of rules governing potential redundancies.
This development in the campaign to stop CSIRO cuts comes as Chief Executive Larry Marshall continues to push his controversial plan to sack hundreds of scientists during the federal election campaign.
New analysis reveals Marshall cuts deeper than expected
With growing community concerns about the future of CSIRO, new union analysis shows that Larry Marshall’s proposed cuts will be deeper than previously estimated with 317 staff due to be made redundant.
Management documents provided to the CSIRO Staff Association show plans to declare nearly 10 per cent of existing staff as potentially redundant. Out of this group, individual staff will then be identified, potentially translating to approximately 317 job losses.
- New analysis reveals Marshall cuts deeper than expected
- Download a PDF version of the report
- Read the Staff Association job cuts FAQ
- Assessment and application of potential redundancies FAQ
Marshall plan to cut hundreds of CSIRO jobs during election campaign
Management documents have shed more light on plans to cut hundreds of jobs from CSIRO with no Australian state or territory spared from the cuts.
Redundancy advice has been provided to the Staff Association for Business Units including Land and Water, Oceans and Atmosphere, Agriculture, Minerals, Manufacturing, and Food and Nutrition as well as Finance / Project support.
Documents for Data61 and the Clayton Laboratories workshop positions are still to be provided to the union.
- Marshall plan to cut hundreds of CSIRO jobs during election campaign – includes links to 3a advice
Oceans and Atmosphere documents
By order of the Senate, CSIRO management have been forced to provide documents relating to the proposed cuts at Oceans and Atmosphere and the so-called deep dive process.
These documents – many private emails between senior management – provide an insight into the process. The Staff Association is in the process of analysing this new material.
- OPD CSIRO Letter to President – Cabinet Secretary Arthur Sinodinos
- CSIRO OPD – Pt I – PDF
- CSIRO OPD – Pt II – PDF
- CSIRO’s use of private email looks ‘dubious’, says Senate clerk – Guardian Australia
- Advice Clerk of the Senate CSIRO email – Rosemary Laing
The recent proposal to cut another 350 jobs from CSIRO – on top of the 1,300 positions lost since 2014 – has drawn widespread condemnation from home and abroad.
Public rallies in Melbourne, Hobart and Canberra attracted thousands and international criticism of the cuts which has ranged from from editorial pages to the the New York Times to comments from Former Vice President Al Gore and international diplomat Mary Robinson.
The protest against these cuts aimed at research into Oceans and Atmosphere, Land and Water, Minerals and Energy, Manufacturing and Digital Productivity look set to continue.