Abbott: do for scientists what you did for ADF personnel

Greens science and industrial relations spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today backed the CSIRO staff who will be taking industrial action and called for the government to do for our scientists what it did for our defence personnel and abandon its unfair bargaining policy.

"Hundreds of our scientists and researchers have been forced to hang up their lab coats under Tony Abbott and now he is making life harder for those who remain by forcing them to do more for less," Mr Bandt said.

"The Abbott government must now do for scientists what it did for our ADF personnel and offer real wage increases without taking the axe to their working conditions."

"Australia's future depends on the work of our scientists and researchers. Tony Abbott must secure our country's future and respect our researchers by giving CSIRO staff the pay and conditions they deserve."

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