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Issue 365 - 14 February 2013

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Bullying review greeted with caution

The CSIRO’s review into bullying allegations made by former staff has received a cautious welcome.

“Since May 2012, there have been a series of allegations made by former employees of bullying and other misconduct matters while they were employed with CSIRO,” the CSIRO said in a statement on its website.

“Some of these cases CSIRO is aware of and have previously been the subject of independent review.

“Some cases were not known and we have therefore decided to appoint an eminent and experienced independent person to examine claims made by former employees.”

The CSIRO has also set the terms of reference with input from an external independent investigator.

The review doesn’t prevent legal action being taken against the CSIRO.

CSIRO Staff Association secretary Sam Popovski cautiously welcomed the review.

“We'll wait to see the full detail about the independent inquiry—including the terms of reference and the people who will conduct it—before offering an informed opinion,” he said in a media statement.

“Any initiative that aims to resolve past claims of bullying by former staff is worthy of consideration.”

Federal opposition science spokesperson Sophie Mirabella also greeted the review with caution.

“This is a welcome development for those scientists who feel their grievances and allegations have not been taken seriously,” she said in a media statement.

But she also pointed to a potential conflict of interest, with the CEO involved in selecting the independent reviewer and co-authoring the terms of reference.

For more details, see the CSIRO, the CPSU and Mirabella's website


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