05:19 pm, Tuesday 20 August, 2013
CSIRO has released this month the General Findings Report of the independent investigator, Professor Dennis Pearce AO on the allegation of workplace bullying by former and current staff.
CSIRO Chief Executive, Dr Megan Clark endorsed the report’s recommendation and said that they are committed to addressing the issues mentioned in the report.
“I would like to thank and acknowledge the individuals who made a submission and I recognise that it may have been hard for some people to revisit these matters,” said Dr Clark.
“While the independent investigation found no major or widespread issues with unreasonable behaviour at CSIRO, there are areas of concern that we need to address.
“On case of unreasonable behaviour, bullying, harassment or discrimination is one case too many.”
From the submissions, more than a hundred allegations were made about bullying, discrimination, harassment and other unreasonable behaviour.
“At the end of these investigations, if we find that any people have been bullied or harassed, as Chief Executive of CSIRO, I will apologise unreservedly,” said Dr Clark.
“Professor Pearce was clear that we need to shift from dealing with the issues as an individual’s problem, to dealing with them as an organisation’s problem.”
The report has 34 recommendations which include better training and better monitoring of results, improved dispute resolution processes and staff support.
“The Board has accepted my advice that we work with our staff, our stakeholders and our Staff Association to implement the recommendations made by Professor Pearce,” said Dr Clark.
“The vast majority of staff tell me that they already feel supported and valued and treated with respect at CSIRO. I have asked them today for their support to make this everyone’s experience.
“It is not enough that everyone goes home safely at night. Everyone should go home with a sense of pride and satisfaction.
“We have some of Australia’s and the world’s best and brightest people working on the nation’s biggest challenges. We are known for our great science and our standards should be just as high for the way we treat each other at work.”
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