Enterprise Bargaining 2017

CSIRO Executive to release full agreement proposal to staff

The CSIRO Executive has provided staff with a full Enterprise Agreement proposal for review. The time period for the review will be at least all of Easter and the April 2017 school holiday period.

Approximately 90 per cent of the rights and conditions of the existing Enterprise Agreement (EA) would be retained. 79 issues have been agreed. 15 issues are not agreed, mainly due to the application of the Government’s bargaining policy, which has stripped some rights and prevented enhancements to conditions.

Read the complete update here.


The Staff Association has produced an updated analysis of the bargaining position – compared clause by clause – with the existing enterprise agreement. The document identifies the status of each clause either as agreed or not agreed.

Please read the complete analysis and let us know if you have any questions.

Draft agreement 

CSIRO Executive’s draft Enterprise Agreement – 12 April 2017

Workplace meetings

The Staff Association has organised workplace meetings around the country from 26 April to 5 May.

Meeting information will be updated on this page regularly.

Australian Capital Territory
Black Mountain 12.30pm Wednesday, 26 April 2017 Building 1 Lecture Theatre
Data61 City 12.30pm Monday, 24 April 2017 Seminar Room
Data61 ANU 10.30am Thursday, 27 April 2017 Level 2 Tea Room
Crace 11.00am Friday, 28 April 2017 Building 32 Tea Room
Black Mountain 12.30pm Friday, 28 April 2017 Building 101 Caughley Room
Black Mountain 12.30pm Wednesday, 3 May 2017 Christian Lab Seminar Room
Yarralumla 10.30am Thursday, 4 May 2017 Building 1 Qantas Lounge Tea Room
New South Wales 
Eveleigh Data61 1pm Wednesday, 3 May 2017 Seminar Room 4.41
Lindfield 10.30am Tuesday, 2 May 2017 Theatre
Lucas Heights 10.30am Wednesday, 3 May 2017 Tea Room
North Ryde 2.30pm Tuesday, 2 May 2017 Auditorium
Marsfield 2pm Monday, 1 May 2017 Lecture Theatre
Newcastle 10am Monday, 1 May 2017 Auditorium
Kensington Data61 1pm Wednesday, 3 May 2017 Via WebEx
Victoria and Tasmania
Parkville 10.30am Wednesday, 26 April 2017 Foyer Room
Docklands 12.30pm Wednesday, 26 April 2017 Meeting Room 1
Battery Point 12.30pm Thursday, 27 April 2017 Auditorium
Sandy Bay 12.30pm Friday, 28 April 2017 Riverview Room
Aspendale 10.30am Monday, 1 May 2017 Theatre
Clayton 12.30pm Monday, 1 May 2017 Venue TBC
AAHL 9.30am Tuesday, 2 May 2017 Lecture Theatre
Waurn Ponds 12.30pm Tuesday, 2 May 2017 Venue TBC
Wellington Road 10.30am Wednesday, 3 May 2017 Wellington Room
Clayton 12.30pm Wednesday, 3 May 2017 Venue TBC
Werribee 12.30pm Thursday, 4 May 2017 Spawn Room
Queensland and Northern Australia
Townsville 12.30pm Thursday, 4 May 2017 Teleconference
ESP Dutton Park 12pm & 1pm Friday, 28 April 2017 Room 4.A.510/511 Whitsunday Room
QBP St Lucia 12pm & 1pm Wednesday, 26 April 2017 6.104 South Seminar Room
QCAT Pullenvale 12pm Thursday, 27 April 2017 BBQ Area
Woorim (Bribie Is) 12.30pm Thursday, 4 May 2017 Teleconference
Herston 12pm Wednesday, 3 May 2017 Venue TBC
Coopers Plains 12.30pm Thursday, 4 May 2017 Teleconference
Towoomba/Gatton 12.30pm Thursday, 4 May 2017 Teleconference
Darwin 12.30pm Thursday, 4 May 2017 Teleconference
Atherton 12.30pm Thursday, 4 May 2017 Teleconference
Cairns & Alice Springs 12.30pm Thursday, 4 May 2017 Teleconference
South Australia
Adelaide 11am Thursday, 27 April 2017 Lunch Room
Waite AGRF 10.30am Tuesday, 2 May 2017 Lunch Room
Waite LWF 12.30pm Tuesday, 2 May 2017 Building 1 Seminar room
Western Australia
Floreat 12.30pm Tuesday, 2 May 2017 Auditorium
Waterford 11.30am Wednesday, 3 May 2017 Len Warren Room
Kensington 12.30pm Thursday, 4 May 2017 Auditorium
Crawley 10.30am Friday, 5 May 2017 Venue TBC
Geraldton/MRO 10.30am Monday, 1 May 2017 At team meeting

More meeting details to come..

CSIRO Executive table pay offer ahead of proposed agreement release

Enterprise bargaining negotiations continue with CSIRO Executive on track to release an enterprise agreement proposal for review over the Easter break.

However management’s pay offer – effectively less than 1 per cent per annum given the three year delay – will leave CSIRO staff well behind comparative salary levels across the research industry.

Read more here.

Negotiations near completion but can CSIRO Executive win the trust of staff?

Enterprise bargaining negotiations continue to proceed swiftly with the release of a complete, revised Enterprise Agreement (EA) proposal on the cards before the Easter break.

However as this latest negotiation effort nears completion, questions are being asked whether CSIRO Executive have done enough to win the trust and support of staff.

Full update here.

Negotiation focus narrows to CSIRO job security and pay

Enterprise bargaining at CSIRO continues to progress with another productive negotiation meeting resulting in proposals retaining key workplace conditions and rights in an enforceable agreement.

However progress on several critical issues including term employment, outsourcing and a pay increase remains elusive.

Read more here.

Progress at negotiations despite threats to CSIRO job security, careers and pay

Further progress has been made at enterprise agreement negotiations with the Staff Association and management bargaining teams reaching agreement on a number of clauses that will see important workplace conditions and rights retained.

However on the crucial areas of job security, careers and pay; recent discussions have highlighted the significant gap between the views of staff and the CSIRO Executive team.

Read more here.


Join the Staff Association 

As enterprise bargaining at CSIRO gathers pace, the role of Staff Association members and delegates play in growing our union becomes increasingly important.

The Staff Association has produced specific resources encouraging recruitment during this critical time.

Is CSIRO Executive starting to shift on enterprise bargaining?

seismograph machine earthquakeLast week’s enterprise agreement negotiations resulted in the most significant positive movement from CSIRO Executive since the bargaining process started three years ago.

It appears the Executive may be starting to shift positions on a range of key issues.

However will it be enough to achieve a fair deal for CSIRO staff?

Read more here.

wordcloud-5Survey results confirm big trouble for CSIRO Executive

The results of a Staff Association bargaining survey – conducted in the months following last October’s enterprise agreement ballot – highlight huge problems for CSIRO’s Executive in managing employee relations.

More than two and a half years beyond the nominal expiry of the current enterprise agreement, the Executive Team’s failure to prioritise the working conditions and rights of staff is needlessly compounding the plethora of challenges of working in today’s CSIRO.

Read more here.

Staff Association targets breakthrough on bargaining

roadclosureNegotiators from the Staff Association will seek to break the enterprise bargaining impasse at CSIRO during negotiations with management this February.

Three days of talks – scheduled in Canberra from 22-24 February – represent the first genuine opportunity for CSIRO management to change course following the results of last November’s enterprise agreement ballot.

More here.


Call for Chief Executive, Board and Minister to fix CSIRO bargaining mess

The Staff Association has made a direct appeal to Senior CSIRO leaders and the Science Minister to provide a solution to the CSIRO bargaining stalemate; following the 70 per cent defeat of management’s enterprise agreement offer in the recent all staff ballot.

Read more here.

aus-senateSenate Inquiry into public sector bargaining chaos

The public sector bargaining stalemate is set for a showdown in the Senate, with the Education and Employment References Committee to conduct a quick fire inquiry into the Coalition Government’s bargaining framework.

Full report here.

CSIRO staff reject agreement that cuts rights and conditions

CSIRO 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 vo70-percent-vote-note since bargaining negotiations commenced in July 2014.

Read the complete update here.

CSIRO staff to vote on cuts to workplace rights and conditions

After more than two years since the nominal expiry of the current enterprise agreement – and something of a false start in September – management will finally ask CSIRO staff to vote on their proposed replacement that will strip many important workplace rights in return for a paltry pay offer.

Key dates

  • Formal consideration period – Monday 17 to Sunday 23 October
  • EA ballot opens – Monday 24 October
  • EA ballot closes – Monday 31 October

Management’s proposal is the worst workplace deal offered to CSIRO staff in the organisation’s history.

The Staff Association strongly encourages all staff to ‘Vote No’, reject the proposal and keep the pressure on CSIRO management and the Government to come up with a better offer.

What happen if we vote No?

If CSIRO staff vote to legally protect their conditions and rights by rejecting the Executive’s proposal, what happens next?

A strong ‘No’ vote will intensify pressure on CSIRO Executive to make a better and fairer agreement. Voting ‘No’ on 24 October is the first step to a better deal.

Download the poster herevote-no-24-october.

New material 

Campaign resources 

The Staff Association has prepared an updated, detailed analysis of management’s proposal.

Comparison documents 

Management documents 

Recent bargaining updates

Bargaining farce continues as CSIRO cancels agreement vote – September 2016

Senior management has abruptly cancelled the all staff enterprise agreement vote planned for 19 September, throwing the CSIRO bargaining process into further confusion.

The ballot on the proposed agreement – set to open on 19 September – has been called off and management will instead re-start the bargaining process by re-issuing all staff with a Notice of Employee Representational Rights (NERR).

Following the (fourth) issue of the NERR; CSIRO will meet with bargaining representatives and the union within 14 days. Negotiations will (again) commence and the Staff Association will keep members informed of any developments.

Second management offer just as bad as the first – September 2016

Management’s second offer is consistent with the Coalition Government’s discredited bargaining strategy that continues to wreak havoc across the public sector.

It’s obviously an important opportunity for all CSIRO staff to stand up for their workplace rights and conditions.

However the vote is also a chance for us all to send an emphatic message to Larry Marshall and the Government that further cuts to our work at CSIRO need to stop.

First management offer strips CSIRO conditions and rights – 2015

More than a year after the nominal expiry date of the current agreement, CSIRO management have served up a terrible deal that cuts conditions and strips rights in return for paltry pay increases.

What is clear is that management’s offer is firmly in line with the Government’s unworkable bargaining policy – which mandates cuts to working conditions, rights and pay.

Members strike to protect CSIRO conditions and rights

In a series of workplace meetings across the country in 2015, Staff Association members flatly rejected CSIRO management’s proposed agreement which seeks to strip important rights and working conditions.

In response, the Staff Association Council met and endorsed a national two hour strike (9am-11am local time) on Thursday 19 November 2015 – unless CSIRO Executive and Human Resources immediately changed their unworkable approach to bargaining

This escalation followed increasing industrial action across the Federal public sector, most recently CPSU members at Border Force and Immigration who are striking and implementing work bans in opposition to the Government’s unfair bargaining rules.

Read more here.

Useful resources 

Strong support for Protected Industrial Action

The results of the Protected Action Ballot of Staff Association members demonstrated very strong support to escalate the campaign to protect working conditions and rights at CSIRO. 72 per cent of members participated in the ballot, with each form of protected industrial action supported by more than 88 per cent of the members that voted.

This was a great result and is a credit to the hard work of Staff Association members and delegates. For more information on protected industrial action, click here.

Bargaining position 

Staff Association members voted to endorse the union’s bargaining position – in November 2013 – by an overwhelming majority. Nearly 800 members participated in the online ballot, with over 91 per cent of electors voting to approve the position.

The bargaining position was based on the responses of nearly on thousand Staff Association members who took part in an online bargaining survey. To read the Staff Association Bargaining Position, click here.

Management Principles 

In July 2014, CSIRO management released documents indicating they have chosen to support the Government’s hostile bargaining agenda which aims to strip protections, weaken job security and ransom pay increases at the expense of working conditions. To read CSIRO management’s Principles and Proposals, click here.

Bargaining updates

CSIRO Staff Association produces regular updates for union members regarding the process of negotiations.

How you can help 

Staff Association members are encouraged to register as Enterprise Bargaining campaign volunteers. Volunteers are encouraged to participate in a range of activities, including speaking to other staff members, distributing information on the progress of negotiations and other workplace activities.

To find out more, please email csstaff@cpsu.org.au with you name and contact details.


Join the Staff Association 

Membership matters. The best way to support the campaign is by joining or asking a colleague to join the CSIRO Staff Association.

Email csstaff@cpsu.org.au for more information about union membership.

One thought on “Enterprise Bargaining 2017

  1. As someone who has been firstly a casual, then specified term and now 2 year term employee my interest is in maintaining the “indefinite employment as preferred option” clause in the current EA. As a father with a mortgage this is very important to me.


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