Bargaining has commenced with Management/HR conducting a meeting of staff at NMI in Melbourne on 12 June to brief them on Australian Government Bargaining policy.
Professionals Australia members at NMI Melbourne met on 18 June to continue developing their log of claims and determine their approach to bargaining.
Further discussions took place at a meeting on 3 July with the next meeting to occur 14 July.
In an organisation like NMI with highly qualified and specialised staff, there is no doubt that the skills and experience professional scientists bring to their work as individuals are highly-developed and worthy of great respect.
What is just as certain is that gaining the best outcomes in this round of negotiations will rely on members’ capacity to unite and work together.
This is the only way to ensure the value of your work is recognised. It’s clear that the level of commitment from professional scientists will determine the success of the bargaining process – coming to meetings and encouraging your colleagues to join with you in participating in the bargaining process is the best way to strengthen the voice of professionals at NMI – and it will be fundamental to ensuring existing conditions are protected and that key workplace issues are effectively addressed under the new bargaining framework.
I look forward to working with members to ensure the best outcomes from this round of bargaining.
Tom Fooks, Professionals Australia Organiser