MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY CLEANERS LOSE THEIR JOBS
This week Sydney’s Macquarie University will let go over half of their hard-working cleaners following the change of their cleaning contractor.
Cleaning service provider BIC who won the university’s cleaning contract from GJK Facilities decided to retain only 46 of their 101 cleaners, despite the new contract including 83 positions to fill.
This is yet another example of a flawed industrial system, which often puts the worker last.
Quotes attributable to Alex Morales, United Workers Union spokesperson for Property Services:
“It is deeply troubling that amongst the people BIC is letting go are workers who have raised issues regarding bullying, harassment and workplace conditions.
“Over one hundred emails from the university cleaners were sent to Macquarie University, GJK and BIC this week. Yet all three have failed to respond.
“Cleaners raised their concerns about the decision-making process and the behaviour of site management, but there has been complete radio silence.
“Is this how little Macquarie University thinks of the frontline workers who have kept their campuses safe and clean throughout a pandemic?
“Many of these cleaners are international students, who will receive no financial support from the government should they find themselves out of work.”
Quotes attributable to Saurav, Macquarie University cleaner and international student:
“We have cleaned throughout the COVID-19 crisis as frontline cleaners and find this to be a great injustice. We are honest and hardworking cleaners, who have worked for many years at Macquarie.
“These cleaning jobs are really, really important to us. We are international students, and it has become very hard to find other jobs. We have to pay our tuition fees, food, and other living expenses.”