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More than 200 jobs being cut from CSIRO

By Barcham - 17 April 2013 11

It appears over 200 CSIRO staff members will soon be looking for new employment as CSIRO makes some drastic cuts to it’s budget reports ABC News.

Where did all the WIFI money go?

CSIRO chief executive Dr Megan Clark broke the news in an email sent to staff yesterday.

“The reductions will be made across the organisation, in science and support, from the executive team down,” she said in the email.

AUDIO: Jobs to go in CSIRO cuts (AM)
Dr Clark said redundancies would reduce expenditure by 2.5 per cent, while operational costs would also be cut by 2.5 per cent.

“This budget is affected by a number of things including a volatile external earnings environment, meeting maintenance of our properties and operating our national facilities, government efficiency measures, and enterprise agreement salary increases,” she said.

The CSIRO has an annual budget of about $1.3 billion and it employs about 6,500 staff.

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More than 200 jobs being cut from CSIRO
switch 9:21 pm 17 Apr 13

Deref said :

I propose that we officially change our slogan from “the clever country” to “the fscking stupid country”. Truth in advertising and all that.

With these policies, I think we should change it to “the unbelievably fucking stupid country” and stop pussy-footing around.

NoImRight 7:56 pm 17 Apr 13

I always find it easy to expect other people to take pay cuts. Its usually jolly to follow that up with some fatuous comment about the good of the country. As long as I dont have to lose what I have….

milkman 7:46 pm 17 Apr 13

Thumper said :

But… But…

Tony Abbott is the one who will cut jobs! Not the current mob.

Surely?

That’s right. Liberal are all evil, Labor are all good.

RAAAAAAARRRRRR!

Thumper 6:17 pm 17 Apr 13

But… But…

Tony Abbott is the one who will cut jobs! Not the current mob.

Surely?

m@ 4:48 pm 17 Apr 13

davo101 said :

m@ said :

The wi-fi payout was set aside for specific projects and isolated from general revenue used to pay wages etc…

Yes, ’cause it’s magic money and I’m sure Treasury has not taken it into consideration when determining how much money to give CSIRO.

I’m not sure why you think Treasury would withhold funding allocated to CSIRO in the federal budget on the basis that some money exists in another bucket… At any rate CSIRO can’t just dip into the Science and Industry Endowment Fund to fund its operational expenses.

davo101 3:47 pm 17 Apr 13

m@ said :

The wi-fi payout was set aside for specific projects and isolated from general revenue used to pay wages etc…

Yes, ’cause it’s magic money and I’m sure Treasury has not taken it into consideration when determining how much money to give CSIRO.

Deref 3:38 pm 17 Apr 13

It fits in perfectly with proposals to strip funding from universities. If we abolished the CSRIO completely we could hire a lot more MBAs.

I propose that we officially change our slogan from “the clever country” to “the fscking stupid country”. Truth in advertising and all that.

m@ 2:10 pm 17 Apr 13

The wi-fi payout was set aside for specific projects and isolated from general revenue used to pay wages etc… not sure how much of it’s been spent to date. The $1.3bn annual budget is what’s provided by government and private sector funding.

AFAICR wage increases are below inflation in the current CSIRO EA.

dtc 2:09 pm 17 Apr 13

HiddenDragon said :

We’ve been hearing quite a bit, of late, about the wonders of economic management under Hawke and Keating -etc etc .

Where did this come from and how is it relevant to the article? Blaming the unions for seeking pay rises? In an era of 5% unemployment (much as I loved Keating, we had double that employment rate for much of the 1980s)

All govt depts have been on an efficiency dividend (4% for many). This is what happens when you have less money. Sure if you halved everyone’s salary you could keep them all employed, but its hardly a valid solution. Its not that salaries are too high, its that funding is too low.

And it drives me crazy that the Libs sit back and say ‘its deplorable that there are budget cuts to science/education/manufacturing/defence’ and whinge about any change that may increase tax revenue (mining tax, super changes) then, at the same time, jump up and down and point and shout the budget deficit.

davo101 1:19 pm 17 Apr 13

Where did all the WIFI money go?

The CSIRO has an annual budget of about $1.3 billion

Think you’ll find it’s already been spent. Assuming that the total they got was about $500 million (the patent has now expired so they’re not getting any more) that’d cover about 5 months of operation.

HiddenDragon 11:46 am 17 Apr 13

We’ve been hearing quite a bit, of late, about the wonders of economic management under Hawke and Keating – it may not have been quite as fabulous as we are now being led to believe, but one element of it was a wages system which often (I believe) saw wages outcomes which were below the official inflation rate. Some workers may have felt a squeeze on their standard of living, and no doubt resented falling behind where they thought they should be, but more of them probably had jobs as a result.

When I read reports like this (increasingly common) and then see reports of wage settlements which are presented as modest, but still ahead of inflation, I wonder about the true priorities at play. On which (just to add to the provocation), I recall hearing Campbell Newman being quoted as saying that many of the much-deplored job cuts in the Queensland public sector could have been avoided if the Queensland PS unions had been prepared to accept a more modest wage outcome for the next few years. With this in mind, when I read of Katy Gallagher’s call for a pay freeze for MLAs, my thought was that it should go further – wages are only one part of the equation, but for many organisations, a very significant part.

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