Scientists’ Division Committee meets to develop 2016 program

Over the weekend of 31 October/1 November, the Scientists’ Division Committee met in Melbourne to formulate the Division’s program for 2016. Each year the Committee meets around five times by phone hookup and once at its face-to-face planning meeting. The Committee reviewed the Division’s activities in 2014/15 which included: advocacy work on science funding in…

Synchrotron staff picket wage and condition cuts

Scientists at Melbourne’s Synchrotron research facility are striking on Tuesday to defend their wages and entitlements, despite new Minister for Science Christopher Pyne touting the importance of innovation for economic growth. “Professionals Australia members will take the unusual step of protesting outside the Synchrotron facility on Tuesday morning,” said Professionals Australia Victorian Director, Sharelle Herrington. “We…

Defence IT experts vulnerable in latest job cull

This article was originally published in the itnews on September 8, 2015. Author: Allie Coyne. Department-wide voluntary redundancy program commences. Technology and science experts at the Department of Defence are likely to be heavily impacted by the agency’s latest round of job cuts, a technical union has warned, with 6000 upper and middle management jobs…