Professionals Australia slams cuts to workplace counseling in face of redundancies

  Professionals Australia’s ACT director David Smith has condemned DSTO’s cuts to workplace counseling services, in The Canberra Times today. Tuesday, 15 July 2014 Thousands of Defence Department public servants have had their workplace counseling services axed as the federal government’s cuts bite deeper in departmental budgets. More than 2360 workers at the Defence Science…

Degrees of doubt: STEM fees must be off-limits, says Chris Walton

  For the sake of Australia’s economy, Professionals Australia CEO Chris Walton is calling for science and engineering degrees to be off-limits in the face of university deregulation. The Government’s proposal to deregulate the university sector has resulted in howls of protest from students, silent terror from parents and growing concerns from professionals worried that…

Military scientists and engineers appeal to Tony Abbott to stop cuts

Military scientists and engineers have appealed directly to Prime Minister Tony Abbott to stop the spending cuts they say are weakening Australia’s ability to defend itself. Professionals Australia, in its capacity of representing hundreds of technical workers in Defence establishment says the cuts to science and engineering will eventually cost lives on the battlefield and…

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…