|Issue No 40||19 November 1999|
Round One to the Cleaners
Two thousand school cleaners employed by the Menzies company cut short a three-day strike after winning their key demands in just one day.
The cleaners voted to return to work on Monday 15 November after the employer agreed to stop cutting working hours, at least until 19 February 2000.
In the meantime a Government -backed review, headed by an independent chairperson, will examine all the issues at sites where Menzies is the employer.
The Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union (LHMU), which covers the cleaners, expects the review to recognise that the cleaners were 'being asked to do the impossible' by Menzies.
LHMU NSW Secretary Annie Owens said that 'cuts to hours have meant that many of our members are expected to clean a classroom in six minutes and a toilet in less than three minutes.
'The strike has achieved a moratorium on the cuts and convinced the State Government to back this review.'
The resolution to the dispute came after hours of Commission hearings and meetings between the LHMU, Menzies and Public Works Minister Morris Iemma on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 november.
Menzies and two other contract cleaning companies are one year into five-year contracts to clean schools and other NSW Government buildings.
Cleaners have been under increasing pressure since the Greiner Government privatised the Government Cleaning Service in 1994.
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