New Council resolves to bust bargaining impasse


council-croppedCSIRO Staff Association Councillors met in Melbourne recently to discuss a range of topics – headed by the resolution of enterprise bargaining – and to appoint new Executive and Council members to vacancies created due to redundancies.

Job security, CSIRO structure and strategy, diversity and inclusion, science policy and community campaigning also featured in conversation.

Staff Association Secretary Sam Popovski said that the two day meeting focused heavily on breaking the bargaining deadlock at CSIRO.

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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, Staff Association Secretary Sam Popovski said.

“Executive must listen to staff and shift their position. More than three quarters of the workforce participated in the ballot and seventy percent of those who voted rejected the proposed agreement that aimed to strip CSIRO conditions and rights.”

“No more excuses. Simply put, the successful implementation of both Strategy 2020 and the Government’s innovation agenda will simply not be possible without the resolution of enterprise bargaining in CSIRO,” Mr Popovski said.

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Bosses MIA on Centrelink’s robo-debt

c3poSENIOR BOSSES at Centrelink are not taking responsibility for the welfare agency’s “robo-debt” debacle and leaving their department’s junior leaders to pick up the pieces, according to front line workers.

Centrelink staff have told their union, the CPSU, that waiting time for reviews of “debts” raised under the controversial data-matching compliance program have now blown out to 50 days when the the agency is demanding that the money is repaid in less than 28 days.

One union member says the Department of Human Service’s freedom of information unit has been inundated with more than 200 requests for information about the “Online Compliance Intervention” program since it began in July 2016.

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