CSIRO Staff Association representatives have met with the office of Karen Andrews – Minister for Industry, Science and Technology – as well as Labor and the Greens during a visit to Canberra recently.
Minister Andrews replaced former Senators Michaelia Cash and Zed Seselja in a ministerial reshuffle following the political demise of Malcolm Turnbull in late August.
Staff Association Secretary Sam Popovski described the meetings as productive.
“We’ll continue to seek meetings with a range of politicians in the new year and step up our advocacy on behalf of CSIRO staff as the federal election draws near,” he said.
Staff Association members have joined colleagues from unions across the labour movement and participated in a national series of rallies over October and November as part of the Change the Rules campaign.
Protest meetings and rallies were held in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Wollongong, Gladstone, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville, Hobart, Launceston, Burnie, Shepparton, Adelaide, Wodonga, Bendigo, Newcastle, Brisbane and Canberra.
The Melbourne demonstration outshone the rest with an estimated 170,000 people swamping the Victorian capital.
The Staff Association’s 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Thursday 6 December 2018 at CSIRO Waite Campus in South Australia.
The AGM is a crucial part of our accountability to members, enabling important financial and operational oversight of the union’s activities. Staff Association members are encouraged to attend.