Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Cleaners take their message to Wellington's street

Cleaners take their message to Wellington's streets
Press Release – Service and Food Workers Union
24 May 2006

Tomorrow (Thursday 25th May) cleaners will be taking their message about a Clean Start for the property services industry to the streets of Wellington. After making a presentation to the Industrial Relations Select Committee about the protection of vulnerable workers in successive contracting situations, cleaners will march from parliament and make their voices heard outside the buildings they clean in The Terrace.

"Building owners need to take responsibility for the standard of cleaning done in their buildings. Cleaners need to earn enough to support their families," Service and Food Workers Union Nga Ringa Tota, National Secretary, John Ryall, said today. "That's why cleaners across Australia and New Zealand have embarked on a campaign 'Clean Start – Fair Deal for Cleaners'."

Rosa Faleniko has worked as a cleaner for ten years and relies on a government family assistance package just to cover the costs of living. Between 1996 and 2006 Rosa's pay rate has increased by only 80 cents so she now earns $10.95 an hour. That's not good enough.

"Please pay me a decent wage so that I can get my family off being reliant on benefits. I just want to earn enough to support my family" said Wellington cleaner Rosa Faleniko.

Cleaners say it's time for building owners and contractors to adopt the Clean Start principles and introduce a fair deal to the property industry.

The public can support the Clean Start petition and help us fight for better standards of office cleaning and good jobs for cleaners.


Action details:

Cleaners will be outside Parliament from 10am for the Select Committee hearing and will march to The Terrace around 11am. They will be outside commercial buildings on The Terrace between around 11.15am and 12.30pm.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news