Monday, 11 May 2009
at 2:27 pm by Julie
The Service and Food Workers' Union's 'Clean Start' members are holding a rally in Auckland on Thursday (14 May) to mark the launch of bargaining for their MECA* for commerical cleaners nationwide.
Together cleaners have already won $14.62 an hour for hospital and directly employed school cleaners and now want to win the same pay for commercial cleaners. This workforce is predominantly female and often includes a lot of immigrant workers who do long hours to support their families. When commercial cleaning contracts are tendered for the main area the companies compete on is labour cost, i.e. whoever can get away with treating their staff the worst wins. Thus the SFWU is also campaigning for changes to the way this contracting works, to encourage a more responsible approach.
Best of luck to those rallying on Thursday, I hope the weather is good!
* A MECA is a multi-employer collective agreement. It covers a range of different employers, aiming to set pay rates and conditions across an industry and give workers greater strength by negotiating together in bigger numbers.