Workers stage first national strike in CSIRO’s history

More than 2000 staff across the country at CSIRO took part in a two-hour strike in late March over pay and conditions.It is the first time in the 80-year history of the national science research body that scientists have taken nation-wide strike action.
The CSIRO staff association, part of the CPSU, has rejected management’s offer of between 3.25 and 3.75 per cent a year pay rise. According to the Association’s Secretary Sam Popovski, “3 per cent 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.”
Management also wants to deny staff access into major organisational changes and staffing decisions. Bargaining has been going on for seven months without agreement, leading to 91 per cent of staff voting to support industrial action in a protected action ballot. More strike action is likely if management does not come to the table. As the Association said, “management needs to understand we are very determined to fight off this substandard deal because it threatens to undermine the world-class work of CSIRO.”

Magazine

Solidarity meetings

Latest articles

Read more

Unions support Palestine at Sydney 1 May rally

Thousands of workers downed tools to march through Sydney on 1 May, with construction and maritime unions making May Day an annual stop work rally.

NTEU at Sydney Uni backs the academic boycott of Israeli universities

Sydney University staff have passed an unprecedented motion that will push forward the movement in Australia for the boycott, divestment and sanction of Israel.

Firies, sparkies and pilots fight cost-of-living pain

Read Solidarity's monthly round-up from the frontline of workers' struggle.