CSIRO Information Management and Technology cuts - bad news all round
20 May 2010, 2:41pm
The latest announcement will mean redundancies and likely diminished career paths for IM&T staff and reduced service levels for all.
On Tuesday CSIRO Information Management and Technology (IM&T) management
started a national tour of sites delivering the bad news to staff that there
will be a significant number of redundancies and that nearly all of IM&T will
have to participate in a “spill and fill” process to try and keep their jobs in
a proposed “secret” new IM&T organisational structure. Management is refusing to
unveil their proposed new structure until their national tour is complete (27
May). They then propose a five day period for staff to consider the new
structure. Your union is demanding that the proposed new structure be released
immediately for consideration and that the consideration period be extended.
What is the reason for these redundancies?
The stated reason for the redundancies is that the IM&T budget has been
frozen in an environment where costs have increased by around $9m (including an
increase of $3m for Microsoft licensing) however the Staff Association has been
aware for some time (prior to the federal budget) of rumours that a major
restructure and redundancies in IM&T were on the cards.
How many redundancies will there be?
IM&T management will not give a figure and have stated that the number will
be dependent upon how many savings can be made from other areas and the
classification mix in the proposed new structure. Management is seeking staff
input on savings ideas. What the Staff Association believes however from other
sources is that the staff cuts are going to be in the order of 40 to 50 or
around 15% of IM&T.
What does this mean for IM&T service standards for all CSIRO staff?
At the moment this is unclear but it is obviously going to be impossible for
IM&T to provide the same level of service with significantly reduced staff
numbers. This is an issue for all CSIRO staff. This will clearly have an impact
upon the provision of support to all CSIRO divisions and flagships.
Do we know anything about the proposed new IM&T structure?
The only information we have been able to glean about the new structure from
management presentations is that it appears to be a “declassified” structure.
That is there are significantly fewer positions at the CSOF 4 and 5 levels and
more at the CSOF2. This raises serious questions about how some IM&T work can
suddenly be classified at a lower level and what will this mean for career
structures in IM&T?
What about the future for CSIRO Libraries?
In a word the future looks bleak. IM&T management has announced they are to
be “rationalised”, that there will be some library closures, but that they don’t
yet know where! Your union doesn’t believe there is much “rational” about this
decision at all and is seeking more information. Library staff have already been
through the despised “spill and fill” process and some have already been made
redundant. Libraries appear to be suffering “death by a thousand cuts”.
What can I do?
The Staff Association will be holding meetings of members in IM&T shortly and
will be convening a phone hook-up of all IM&T Workplace Delegates once the
proposed structure is released to consider our response. If you are not in IM&T
but want to send a message of support to your colleagues please email
firstname.lastname@example.org and we will
circulate these messages to IM&T members.