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Cleaners celebrate victory

Friday, 2nd March, 2018

School cleaner Mark Grillett stands with United Voice delegate Sharyne Talbot, happy with winning job security. School cleaner Mark Grillett stands with United Voice delegate Sharyne Talbot, happy with winning job security.

By Myles Burt

Cleaners are celebrating a win after their government contracts went out for tender, jeopardising their jobs and entitlements.

United Voice delegate Sharyne Talbot said cleaners were able to gain essential support from teachers, principals, parents and school communities.

“It’s a great day for cleaners across NSW,” she said.

After approaching ministers, schools, teachers’ unions and encouraging people to email the premier, 7000 cleaners have now secure their jobs, hours and entitlements across the state, Ms Talbot said.

“We’re just happy they’ve secured those cleaners for the next five and a half years,” she said.

“Hopefully a new contract can be negotiated.

“We’ve had a hard fight, and it would’ve been a hard loss.”

The cleaning workforce cleans 2,211 schools around NSW as well as TAFE colleges, courthouses, government offices along with ambulance, police and fire stations. 

Ms Talbot and local cleaners would like to thank all the support from schools and the community on helping them achieve job security.

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