CSIRO’s new enterprise agreement has been approved by the Fair Work Commission and came into legal effect on 14 August 2017.
The commencement of the new enterprise agreement marks the conclusion of a lengthy and protracted bargaining process, arguably the most divisive in CSIRO’s history.
CSIRO’s Annual Performance Agreement process – the framework to measure staff performance, development needs, rewards and promotions – has struck trouble with the Staff Association alleging potentially multiple breaches across the organisation of requirements contained in the enterprise agreement.
Staff Association Secretary Sam Popovski said the apparent maladministration of the Annual Performance Agreement (APA) process in some business units was so concerning, the union had little choice than to lodge a formal dispute with CSIRO Executive.
“Inconsistent APA processes across a number of Business Units could significantly disadvantage staff from accessing performance rewards and from opportunities for career development.”
The Executive Team has failed to convene a meeting of Consultative Council in 2017, less than twelve months since the release of the Ernst & Young review which sharply criticised senior governance arrangements at CSIRO.
Traditionally held biannually, meetings of the Consultative Council provide a formal opportunity for representatives of CSIRO management and staff to discuss a range of issues relating to the operation and strategy of the organisation.
CSIRO Executive has advised the Staff Association that the 77th Meeting of CSIRO Consultative Council will be held on Thursday 7 September at North Ryde.