Sustained pressure from the Staff Association has resulted in a reduction of proposed job cuts in CSIRO’s Manufacturing and Minerals business units.
Management at both Manufacturing and Minerals have revised down last year’s estimates of proposed redundancies by up to 50 pe in each case.
The Staff Association lodged a dispute with CSIRO last November to challenge the conduct of the redundancy process and to ensure the organisation complied with legal obligations as outlined in the Enterprise Agreement (EA).
CSIRO Staff Association representatives met in Canberra recently with Senator Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation.
Minister Seselja has responsibility for CSIRO within the larger Jobs and Innovation portfolio led by Senator Michaelia Cash.
The Staff Association delegation was led by Secretary Sam Popovski and included President Sonia Grocke and NSW Councillor Mike Collins.
The Change the Rules campaign – aimed at overturning Australia’s broken workplace laws – has stepped up a gear with the launch of an eight week, national advertising campaign ahead of rallies and organising activities set to take place over coming months.
Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) Secretary Sally McManus has outlined the scope of the task – set to be the biggest union campaign since 2007’s Your Rights at Work – during a nationally televised speech at the National Press Club in Canberra.