CSIRO to axe a quarter of its workforce
The following article appeared in the Canberra Times over the weekend. The staff facing job cuts have our utmost empathy as many of us ‘victims’ have been subjected to the CSIRO’s dehumanising “spill and fill” redundancy procedures, many after reporting problems or lodging complaints within the organisation!
It is probably too much to hope that those engaging in misconduct or serious misconduct will be the first to be cut.
One correction that needs to be made to article below is that senior executive positions are safe. None of the current group or senior executives are being “liquidated”, other than those who have already chosen to leave the organisation.
Despite the spin which CSIRO will inevitably place the loss of executive positions, not refilling vacant positions (i.e. senior executive positions) is vastly different to sacking other staff.
We wonder how many jobs might have been saved but for the CSIRO’s exorbitant PR exercise in its sham investigation exercise which has become so diluted that it is unlikely to result in a single employee facing misconduct charges…
CSIRO support staff next to face 1600 job cuts
- Date: March 15, 2014
Noel Towell, Bridie Smith, Nicky Phillips
The organisation sacked its legal team in Melbourne this week, losing lawyers who have protected the organisation’s scientific patents for decades. The axe is expected to fall again among 1600 scientific support staff.
Management confirmed more cuts on Friday, but said it could not provide numbers.
In more bad news for government science jobs, private suppliers are already trying to poach specialists from the Defence Materiel Organisation in Canberra amid widespread expectations that much of procurement group will be privatised – with the loss of up to 3000 jobs.
Defence Minister David Johnston fuelled speculation on Friday that the government would boost private sector involvement in defence purchasing after its Commission of Audit reports.
Heads are also expected to roll among the CSIRO’s executive ranks. with the chiefs of 22 divisions and flagships vying for just nine jobs.