Defence

Cuts to Defence science and engineering undermine national security Professionals Australia has written to the Prime Minister urging him to step in and halt the cuts to science and technology in Defence. Budget forward estimates forecast 2400 Defence civilian job losses despite an increase in the Defence budget and the criticality of engineering and science…

Synchrotron

While there have been recent cuts to science funding across the board in Australia, the Australian Synchrotron has not been immediately affected as it is currently in the middle of its 4 year fixed funding package. However it could be argued that the facility had already suffered through funding cuts 2 years ago, as the…

ARPANSA

Following the release of the Australian Government Public Sector Workplace Bargaining Policy, Professional Australia members at ARPANSA are in the process of finalising their log of claims. Management tabled its agenda at the first bargaining meeting of the Agreement Making Committee (AMC) on 19 June. One of the major concerns is with the new work…

ANSTO

Plans are underway to use the negotiations for the next Enterprise Agreement at ANSTO as leverage for an organising campaign to grow our membership on site. The current Agreement nominally expires on 31 December 2014 and bargaining was due to start eight months prior to this. However, no meetings are currently scheduled. Enquiries of ANSTO…

TasWater

At the time of writing, after ongoing refusal to enter into genuine negotiations around individual contracts, senior staff including over a dozen scientists are pushing for enterprise agreement coverage so they can properly negotiate around pay and conditions. The matter has been referred to the Fair Work Commission.Further bulletins will be provided as negotiations progress.…

Medical physicists

Since 2009 Public Sector Medical Physicists – both ROMP (Radiation Oncologists Medical Physicists) and DIMPS (Diagnostic Imaging Medical Physicists) – in South Australia have been organising and building power in their workplace to support their claim for their own Medical Physicists classification structure. Currently they are covered under the Medical Scientists classification structure and receive…