On Thursday 17 October, all CSIRO staff will get the opportunity to cast a vote to support a new enforceable enterprise agreement.
Don’t risk a determination
Vote No. Support bargaining for new agreement. It’s the only way to protect future pay rises and working conditions at CSIRO.
A ‘determination’ is not enforceable and could be retracted at anytime by Larry Marshall and the CSIRO Executive.
Staff Association representatives are committed to securing pay and conditions through bargaining.
Don’t risk a dodgy determination and rely on the promises of Larry Marshall and the Executive for future pay rises and working conditions.
CSIRO Executive are conducting a non-binding snap poll of staff in a deliberate attempt to avoid bargaining for a new enterprise agreement.
Larry Marshall and the CSIRO Executive are proposing to use a section of the Science and Industry Research (CSIRO) Act to apply the ‘determination’ on staff pay and conditions.
The ‘determination’ that CSIRO Executive is proposing to staff is not enforceable and could be retracted at any time.
Consequently, staff must rely on trusting Dr Marshall and current and future CSIRO Executives in order to see any of the non-binding pay rises in the future.
If the CSIRO Executive genuinely want to guarantee pay rises and conditions, they can readily make the same offer they’re suggesting as a ‘determination’, through a bargaining process; the massive difference being that agreement pay and conditions are guaranteed and enforceable.
Who do you trust?
Simply put, do staff want to trust the promises of Larry Marshall and other CSIRO Executive leaders in coming years for their future pay rises and conditions?
There’s an added insult to staff in this approach by avoiding bargaining with staff; the section of the Act that Dr Marshall proposes to use is the very power that he has refused to utilise to counter the staffing cap or the Government bargaining policy.
If the CSIRO Executive are really concerned about securing the working future of staff, why wouldn’t they use Section 32 of the CSIRO Act right now to refuse to apply the staffing cap and bargaining policy?
Regrettably in CSIRO, it all points to a Board and Executive that refuse to take the side of staff or the organisation; instead preferring the Federal Government agenda of driving down CSIRO working conditions and cutting jobs and careers in science and research.
Staff Association position
CSIRO Staff Association representatives are strongly committed to securing pay and conditions through bargaining.
We recommend that staff vote no and reject the determination option.
Only a new enterprise agreement will ensure our pay rises and working conditions are enforceable.
Stand up for staff’s collective future at CSIRO. Do not support the non-binding ‘determination’ proposed by CSIRO Executive.
Join the Staff Association
If you’re not yet a member, join the Staff Association and support collective bargaining at CSIRO.