Stop the Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault within the CSIRO

Posted on February 12, 2016. Filed under: Uncategorized |

A CSIRO employee has recently contacted the Victims of CSIRO group to request that we ask our members to sign a petition to end the vilification they have experienced subsequent to making a complaint of sexual harassment and assault.

<petition has since been closed>

As we know this is certainly not an isolated case of sexual misconduct within the CSIRO. Long-time members of the Victims of CSIRO will remember that the CSIRO leadership were previously asked to explain before Senate Estimates why the organisation had not followed up evidence of sexual harassment and even sexual assault against a further 12 female employees after another employee lodged a complaint against a former flagship director. Of course the reprehensible excuse from CSIRO management was that the women had not formally lodged complaints.

There is this thing called duty of care for its employees which the CSIRO still seems not to have grasped, let alone acting with common decency.

We also know from discussion with our members who have experienced sexual harassment and assault within the CSIRO that CSIRO People and Culture (HR) continually fail to act on such complaints and even force the victims of such abhorrent behaviour to continue working under the supervision of their tormentors.

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault are NEVER acceptable forms of behaviour and the CSIRO needs to do a damn sight more than it is currently doing to eradicate such behaviour from within the workplace.

Have you experienced Sexual Harassment or Sexual Assault within the CSIRO? Feel free to send us a confidential email at: victimsofcsiro@gmail.com

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