Staff Association members will evaluate the progress of enterprise bargaining at workplace meetings in September as negotiations pause briefly and the wait for a formal pay offer from CSIRO Executive continues.
Union bargaining representatives will also seek feedback and direction from members on a number of proposed changes to the enterprise agreement (EA) put forward by CSIRO Executive in the first part of a dual-staged approach to negotiations.
CSIRO Executive have stated they are still waiting for Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) approval of their remuneration declaration and will not table any proposals with a financial impact – including a pay offer – until receiving the all-clear.
Following the commencement of formal talks in July, Staff Association negotiators wasted no time in presenting the union’s bargaining claim; the result of a comprehensive consultation process with CSIRO staff that began last October.
However, due to the ongoing absence of APSC approvals and a reluctance to discuss issues with financial implications, CSIRO Executive’s overall bargaining position remains largely obscured and the progress of negotiations has been affected.
Elsewhere, separate and repeated requests to CSIRO Executive for relevant bargaining information made by union representatives during negotiations have yielded an incomplete response.
While the lack of APSC approval has had an impact of the efficiency of negotiations, there has been some progress in bargaining discussions with the recent breakthrough on pre-decision workforce consultation representing the most noteworthy development to date.
Executive negotiators have put forward several ‘Stage 1’ proposals including changes to redundancy and redeployment conditions, Annual Performance Agreements and various leave arrangements.
After more than half a dozen meetings, Staff Association members will be consulted and asked to assess the progress of negotiations and provide feedback and direction to union representatives for future talks.
Bargaining update meetings will be held in workplaces across the country throughout September, with all CSIRO staff invited to attend.
The meetings will also provide an important opportunity to continue the discussion on CSIRO pay and consider the implications of recent developments in service-wide bargaining.
More information on workplace meetings is available on our website.
Following a brief pause, negotiations will resume on Monday 18 September.
If you’re not yet a member and want to make a positive contribution to improving CSIRO pay and working conditions, join the Staff Association today.
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