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…

Unions slam SA Government’s bizarre tactics in public sector EBA negotiations

Unions have slammed the SA Government for using “bizarre” tactics to push South Australia’s 35,000 salaried public sector workers to sign up to an EBA that would see workers far worse off. Wednesday, 22 October 2014 Unions were presented with a first draft of an enterprise agreement only one hour before a meeting yesterday afternoon,…

Deprofessionalisation – what is it and why does it matter?

What is a professional and how are professional standards maintained? A position is regarded as professional if it is governed by the technical and ethical standards of a profession which the Macquarie Dictionary defines as “a vocation requiring knowledge of some department of learning or science.” The establishment of recognised science degrees in conjunction with…

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 employees. Professionals Australia CEO Chris Walton said that…

Geoscience Australia pushes for nine extra minutes a day

  Professionals Australia has criticised Geoscience Australia’s move to force staff to work an extra nine minutes a day and slash entitlements. One of the first agencies to be bargaining over an agreement in the federal public service, Geoscience Australia, had already asked staff to agree to work an extra nine minutes a day. Professionals…