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Tasmanian CSIRO employees’ jobs at risk

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The union representing CSIRO staff says dozens of employees in Tasmania face the axe under a new round of national cuts.

The research organisation has confirmed 300 positions will be lost nationally, taking to 700 the number of jobs to go in the last financial year.

The CSIRO staff association says 30 jobs, including senior research scientists, research managers and support staff, are under threat in Hobart.

The association’s Sam Popovski says it is a worrying time for staff who are still reeling from the last round of cuts.

“They are concerned about their own individual futures in terms of their job security,” he said.

“They’re also concerned about the impact on the work, the science that will happen after this restructure has been implemented with less staff, less ability to do the research that’s being done currently.”

The announcement comes amid growing concerns about jobs and research at the Australian Antarctic Division near Hobart, with the Federal environment department losing $100 million in funding over four years.

The CSIRO employs more than 300 staff in Tasmania.