|Issue No 38||05 November 1999|
Six Minutes To Clean a Classroom: Cleaners Draw the Line
Around 2,000 cleaners in NSW are set to go on strike over further cuts to their working hours which would leave them with just six minutes to clean a classroom.
The cleaners have arranged mass meetings around NSW commencing Tuesday 9 November and plan a 72-hour strike from Friday 12 November 1999.
The cleaners, members of the Australian Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union (LHMU), are calling on the NSW Government to put more money into the cleaning contracts.
"The Carr Government cannot wash their hands of this dispute. They control the cleaning contracts with the private contractors," LHMU Secretary Annie Owens says.
"The Carr Government is out of touch if they think six minutes are enough to clean a classroom which holds 30 children. It's impossible to vacuum, wipe desks and bench tops and mop floors in that time," Owens says.
The cleaners are employed by the private cleaning company Menzies Property Services which has a five-year contract with the State Government to clean Government schools, technical colleges, court houses, police stations and other Government buildings.
NSW cleaners have suffered a series of severe cuts to their working hours since the Greiner Government privatised the Government Cleaning Service in 1993.
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