After more than two years since the nominal expiry of the current enterprise agreement, management will finally ask CSIRO staff to vote on their proposed replacement that will strip many important workplace rights in return for a paltry pay offer.
It’s arguably the worst workplace deal offered to staff in CSIRO’s history.
The Staff Association has prepared an updated, detailed analysis of management’s proposal, as well as an overview of key rights and conditions under threat.
Management’s offer is consistent with the Coalition Government’s discredited bargaining strategy that continues to wreak havoc across the public sector. All CSIRO staff will have the opportunity to vote on the management deal between 19 – 26 September.
The Staff Association will commence a national series of all staff meetings from 5 September in the lead up to the ballot. It’s obviously an important opportunity for all CSIRO staff to stand up for their workplace rights and conditions.
However the vote is also a chance for us all to send an emphatic message to Larry Marshall and the Government that further cuts to our work at CSIRO need to stop.
If you can help with this crucial campaign over the coming weeks, please email us with your contact details.
Five critical areas set to be stripped
Cuts to our agreement
Management’s offer slashes the current 94 clauses in the agreement down to 60. Our current agreement has literally been torn in half, 103 pages down to 47.
Stripping conditions and rights into CSIRO policy makes them legally unenforceable. Management could totally remove or change these conditions and rights at any time, without agreement.
Pay rise no more than 1% per annum
The pay offer is 2.75% on commencement, followed by a 2% increase after 12 months and another 1.75% after 24 months, followed by no pay rise for a further 15 months. But with no offer of back pay from the nominal expiry date of the current agreement, the average pay increase is actually no more than 1.0 per cent per annum.
A strong NO vote will send a clear message to Larry Marshall and the Gov’t that CSIRO conditions and rights are not for sale.