CPSU elections now on

CPSU elections are now open.

CSIRO Staff Association members are eligible to vote in the ballot for CPSU National Secretary.

All CPSU members have the opportunity to play a part in this democratic process.

Eligible members will get a ballot paper in the mail. Make sure you vote and return your ballot in the envelope provided.

Voting closes 10am (AEDT) Wednesday, 13 December.

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We won’t wait for paid domestic violence leave

As unions across Australia step up the campaign for paid domestic violence leave, ACTU President Ged Kearney explains how paid leave can make a real difference. This article includes content that some readers may find distressing. 

SUSAN WAS ATTACKED by her partner. It wasn’t the first time and, if she didn’t leave, it wouldn’t be the last. She attended court with a family violence court support worker.

Susan had already taken all her annual and sick leave trying to deal with her abusive partner by the time she had to appear in court. She couldn’t stay to finalise the process because she was worried about losing her job.

Michelle was also attacked by her partner. Her workplace had paid domestic violence leave. She took the time off she needed and was able to escape.

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‘Not a dumbing down’: Michelle Guthrie announces major ABC restructure

Managing director announces a reorganisation along genre lines rather than keeping radio and television divided, writes Amanda Meade for Guardian Australia. 

The reorganisation of the ABC along genre lines to remove the historic division between television and radio is not a “dumbing down” exercise but an “evolution” for the digital age, its managing director, Michelle Guthrie, has told staff.

From February next year the networks will be divided up into three new teams and a fourth team for original content and innovation, Content Ideas Lab, led by an ABC Radio staffer, Angela Stengel.

The move will see the ideas network Radio National split up between different teams and made to compete for budgets with television and digital, a development radio executives warn will diminish its specialist knowledge and creativity.

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