More than 2000 staff at 43 CSIRO sites this week will step up industrial action to resolve a dispute over pay and conditions at Australia’s premier science and research organisation.
Negotiations between the CSIRO Staff Association/CPSU and the CSIRO Executive have failed to resolve the issues of pay and consultation provisions.
CSIRO Staff Association/CPSU Secretary Sam Popovski said staff have escalated stop work action this week with 43 CSIRO sites across the country now involved. “The CSIRO Executive’s current offer devalues staff, both in terms of pay and consultation,” Mr Popovski said.
“On pay, management’s offer of 3% per annum over the next three to four years does not cover rising living costs and means that CSIRO will struggle to retain and attract world class staff.
"If the Government wants scientists in the CSIRO to provide the best advice on climate change and continue to deliver solutions for the community on energy and water, then it has to do better.”
Mr Popovski also said that management’s position on consultation was disrespectful to staff.
“It is unacceptable that management want to deny staff the opportunity to input into major organisational changes before they are made,” Mr Popovski said.
“Their increasingly top-down, bureaucratic management approach has led to poor decisions being made on science and research directions, without sufficient input from staff.”
Two-hour morning stoppages of work are scheduled at 43 CSIRO sites this week, beginning Tuesday22 March.