newsEngineering News reports that the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has started a process of reorganising its support staff as part of the reorganisation of its operating model.  

This will allow the implementation of its new strategy, and follows on from its successful science, engineering and technology staff reorganisation, which was completed in September.  Staff whose roles remain fundamentally the same under the new structure as they were under the previous structure have been issued with confirmation letters stating that they will continue to be employed in their current roles.  But part of this process has involved the issuing of Section 189 retrenchment notices to some support staff.  But, determined to avoid involuntary staff dismissals, the CSIR is offering a range of options, including early retirement, and voluntary retrenchment packages (the latter possibly being combined with full-time study packages with vacation work and CSIR internship opportunities).  It is also exploring available opportunities with stakeholders for possible transfers, and will furthermore consider half-day or reduced working hours for those interested in securing such lifestyle adjustments.  All these processes will be carries out on a case-by-case basis.

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