The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) and the CSIRO Staff Association have called on their members to join March for Science events happening around Australia on Saturday 22 April 2017.
The Australian March for Science events have been organised to coincide with others around the world, advocating for the vital role science plays in our health, safety, freedom, environment, economies and governments, in the face of growing threats.
The unions are calling for adequate and stable science and innovation funding.
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 school holiday period.
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.
Staff Association representatives recently met with the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator Arthur Sinodinos.
The meeting occurred the week following Minister Sinodinos’ address to the National Press Club and the release of the Government’s National Science Statement.