Scientists and engineers at the synchrotron are set to take action, reports Clay Lucas in The Age.
The move, highly unusual for scientists, could disrupt installation of new equipment to be used in cancer research.
APESMA has warned that, unless governments better fund facilities such as the synchrotron, Australian scientists will go overseas and make discoveries that could be made here.
APESMA's Victorian Director Bede Payne said the facility was being underused.
“If you think of the synchrotron as a car, it is currently funded to run on less than two cylinders,” he said.
He argued that the synchrotron was crucial to Victoria and Australia developing a ''smart economy'', but that it could not achieve its potential while it was funded so poorly.
Mr Payne said both the state Liberal government and federal Labor government were failing scientists and engineers by not funding research properly. ''The sustained lack of funding now presents a very real risk of a brain drain,'' he said.
The scientists and engineers at the synchrotron did not want to take industrial action, but were ''being asked to do more for less, which is not fair in anyone's language,'' he said.
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