POSITIVE POLICY

Commonwealth Cleaning Services Guidelines

A Shorten Labor Government will reinstate the Commonwealth Cleaning Services Guidelines, which were callously and heartlessly abolished by the Abbott-Turnbull Government.

The Guidelines will ensure better wages and conditions for cleaners working in Commonwealth buildings by requiring those companies who tender for Commonwealth cleaning contracts to pay cleaners modestly above the award wage.

The decision to abolish the Guidelines is just one of a string of Abbott-Turnbull Government attacks on low paid workers, including delaying the rise in super from 9 to 12 per cent and slashing penalty rates.

In view of the history of underpayment, exploitation and unsafe work practices in the cleaning industry, the former Labor Government identified this sector as requiring special attention to promote fairness, bargaining, freedom of association and other workplace rights. Our view has not changed.

Cleaners do a fantastic job, and they deserve respect and fair wages and conditions. They’ll get them under a Shorten Labor Government.