Cleanstart Agreement

The first Clean Start collective agreement was signed in 2008 in Canberra after a long and fierce and often noisy battle between cleaners over fair wages, better jobs and higher standards in Australia`s crisis-hit cleaning industry. The most recent agreement provides for a 4% wage increase and better protection against immoral subcontracting practices. The order cleaning industry and community supporters gathered today in Canberra for a historic ceremony to celebrate the new signing of Clean Start Collective Agreements by 16 cleaning companies. “What has changed the most since Clean Start is attitude. Cleaners have more self-esteem and confidence in what they do. I get more money, which is a good thing, but job security is the most important thing,” he said. “My superiors had doubts, but they came to the site. You see the benefits of a win-win situation. Clean Start allows contractors to receive work at a reasonable price without being underestimated by dodgy contractors. .

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“We congratulate the cleaners and businesses at today`s ceremony for their leadership in this important sector.” We do not claim that the fight is over or that all noisy contractors have been expelled from the industry. The Ombudsman`s review of 1,000 cleaning companies for fair work in response to illegal practices in the sector proves that much remains to be done. But the agreement complicates matters for these operators and provides protection for cleaners and ethical contractors. “Low-paid cleaners have developed solutions to stop the race down in their area. They convinced landlords, tenants and cleaning companies that there was a better way to get started, and they proved it delivered. Cleaning workers have improved their lives and ensured higher maintenance standards for landlords and better services for tenants. “The renewed commitment of the major contractors for another four years is important, as it consolidates the industrial reform initiated by workers, strength and acquis. Louise Tarrant, national secretary of United Voice, the cleaning agents` union, said: “Today is a turning point for the Australian wage cleaning industry.