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…

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…

APESMA welcomes $100 million investment in synchrotron

APESMA has welcomed new investment in the Australian Synchrotron as a smart step toward building Australia’s scientific capacity and knowledge economy. As the association that represents scientists and engineers at the synchrotron, APESMA has been calling for government investment to save the facility for the past year. APESMA CEO Chris Walton said, a thriving synchrotron…

Crunch Time to Save Australian Synchrotron

Scientists and engineers at Australian Synchrotron call on Ministers Asher and Carr to agree the future of the facility during discussions this month or risk losing employees overseas. CEO of APESMA, Chris Walton, said Australian Synchrotron scientists and engineers were so sick having their livelihoods treated like a political game some were already seeking employment…