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RMIT cleaners confront management, win meeting

Months of stalling and silence from RMIT University forced a delegation of a dozen union cleaners to demand, and win, a meeting with university management about future job security.

Uncertainty surrounds RMIT’s restructuring of cleaning services, including jobs that some cleaners have held for decades.

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Consolidated barred from speaking to cleaners about industrial action

Today the Federal Court has made Special Orders that prevent Consolidated from speaking to cleaners about whether they are planning to take industrial action.

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Cleaners have a legal right to participate in industrial action against Consolidated as part of our campaign for a Cleanstart Agreement

Many cleaners are taking this action.

Consolidated have been asking cleaners about the action, and making them sign things.

Consolidated are not allowed to do this anymore.

United Voice, the cleaners union, has taken Consolidated to court about this.

In court, Special Orders have been made that mean Consolidated is not allowed to speak to cleaners about whether they are planning to take industrial action or what kind of action they are planning to take.

If supervisor or manager speaks to you or asks you to sign something about industrial action, you should:

1.    Refuse to speak to them about it
2.    Refuse to sign anything
3.    Contact the Cleaners Union immediately on 9235 7777

 


A future worth fighting for

“My thing is retiring with dignity. It terrifies me. I grew up in an era where the government was supposed to look after you, but now they say that’s not the case. I am 50 years old and I have very little super. I worry that I’ll never retire.”

“I worry about the future of my kids and the chance they have to get a good job.”

“Property prices are impossible. There’s a lack of government support for ordinary families to afford their own home.”

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BYO toilet paper as cleaning bans begin in city office buildings

Bans on cleaning toilets, replacing toilet paper and emptying rubbish bins will begin today when cleaners impose work stoppages in some of Melbourne’s best known office buildings and warn office workers to BYO toilet paper and soap.

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Outrage forces MCC to act over wage rip-offs of MCG cleaners

The Melbourne Cricket Club has read the riot act to cleaning giant ISS demanding it stop using a dodgy sub-contractor at the MCG. The move comes after public outrage about MCG cleaners being bullied and ripped off by up to $16 p/hr.

In a statement to the cleaners’ union, United Voice, the club said: “The MCC has reminded ISS of their obligations under the current contract and we have advised that ISS must ensure that all of their employment obligations are met.”

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Inside the ambulance crisis

The State Government last week walked away from solving the ambulance crisis. Ambulance Employees Australia secretary Steve McGhie says paramedics have been grossly misrepresented by the government.

During one 14-hour overnight shift recently, northern suburbs paramedic Amanda Mills (pictured below) and her partner responded to five life threatening emergencies,  drove who knows how many hundred kilometres from each call out to the Northern, Royal Children’s, Royal Melbourne and Western Hospitals, all with barely time for a meal break.

This followed a 14 hour Monday shift the night before in which they took seven patients to hospital, many of whom were seriously ill and needing active management on the way. But Tuesday was the ‘nightmare shift”.

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MCG contractors 'on report' to Fair Work tribunal

Contractors working at the Melbourne Cricket Ground are systematically cheating cleaners by paying them up to $16 an hour less than their legal pay and insisting they complete unpaid work.

Under-payments of sub-contracted international students are common at the MCG, according to an investigation by United Voice, the cleaners’ union.

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Enough is enough, Wilson: Members put conditional offer to Wilson

In our sixth bargaining meeting with Wilson your bargaining team presented member’s conditional offer and demanded a response by the next meeting.

Wilson now has a choice: accept our fair, reasonable offer so we can all get on with our jobs, or put everything at risk.

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Pay cuts coming to a household near you?

Real pay cuts under the Abbott Government became fact this week when the Federal Court confirmed Sunday pay rates for casual hospitality staff would fall.

It’s a pay cut for those in some of the most lowly paid jobs and it is confirmation many employers don’t want to compensate people when work takes away time with their families.

Weekends are still special. That’s when families and friends have the time enjoy one another’s company. Australians know this and working people fought hard for compensation for those whose work took away that time.

But unless we resist, worse is to come.

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Brett Adie, pictured with fellow paramedic Amanda Mills, says shift allowances put food on the table: "It gets you by every week."

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Cleaners declare toilets off limits in city office buildings

Bans on cleaning toilets head the list of industrial actions planned for some of Melbourne’s best known office buildings.

City office workers also face the possibility of toilet paper not being replaced, liquid soaps not replenished in bathrooms, and bans on emptying rubbish bins and vacuuming.

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