Cleaners strike to mark International Cleaners' Day
MELBOURNE, AU — Hundreds of cleaners will put down their mops and buckets to demand more pay and better conditions, according to the Herald Sun.
The cleaner''s union United Voice is claiming contractors are cutting costs by not replacing damaged and broken equipment, using discount chemicals and not giving workers proper equipment, the article stated.
According to the article, a 2010 audit of contract cleaners found 42 percent of cleaners had never been given health and safety training from their employers.
"What we''ve discovered in shopping centres is an increasing drive to the bottom of the contractors which is having a really big impact not only on cleaner''s lives, their livelihoods and their safety but at the end of the day the shopping safety and enjoyment of the public," said United Voice national secretary Louise Tarrant.
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