turns out today is international cleaners day:
This is a very important day to cleaners because it highlights the fact that the work they do is very critical in keeping buildings clean and hygienic to protect the workers and public from swine flu pandemic and other germs. It’s also a good time to focus on solving the problems cleaners face in New Zealand and around the world.
In New Zealand, lunchtime rallies of hundreds of cleaners together with their families, religious and community leaders in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland will see cleaners reaching out to cleaning contractors, building owners and tenants for better pay and respect.
"Every night hundreds of largely Pacific Island and new immigrant workers travel to various buildings in the cities where they live to begin their work. While office blocks are emptying out the cleaners are beginning their night’s work. While cleaners may only be paid $12.55 - just five cents above the minimum wage - the work they do is a critical part of every successful business."
"No office, airport or shopping mall, can function long without us cleaners. Yet we are treated as invisible workers with no respect. All that we want is decent work, proper training on health and safety, job security and fair pay. But most of all is Respect," Said Vaine Lavaka, a cleaning delegate from Auckland.
so please take some time out today to at least think about these workers, who deserve much better than they're getting. and for those who are in auckland, wellington and christchurch, it would be great if you could spend part of your lunchtime supporting these activities:
Wellington - the rally begins at 12 noon to 1pm at Te Rauparaha Park, Porirua.
Auckland – the rally begins at 12 noon to 1pm at Downtown (foot of Queen St) followed by a march up Queen Street to Aotea Square.
Christchurch – leafleting begins at 12 noon to 1pm at the CBD.