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Reply #7 - 31. Mar 2015 at 13:27

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I think the 500$ liability for uniforms is a bit excessive. I doubt any security company would spend that much on uniforms for an employee. Also, if they have any losses, they claim that on their taxes don't they?

I guess they might use this as a deterrent so the guards will take care of their uniforms better?

The way things are heading at the moment, I think it is in the best interest of the employees not to terminate this collective agreement.
 

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Reply #6 - 28. Mar 2015 at 10:44

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dreadman wrote on 27. Mar 2015 at 13:56:
Is it just me, or is the LHMU is just as bad as entertainment and arts alliance?


This agreement was approved in October 2010 and expired in June 2011 and has not been terminated an still is in force. dreadman, as you have not expanded on how you see the agreement being detrimental to workers, I will make comment on parts of the agreement you have posted.

You have displayed the uniform paragraph and I take it you are not in agreement with the costs the company can claim from the worker if the uniform is dirty or damaged. These figures are the maximum that can be deducted. I feel that if a union member were charged an amount of uniform laundering or replacement costs that were unreasonable then the union would become involved. The company has a right to expect that uniforms that are returned are in good condition given fair wear and tear.

The second part of the agreement that you posted deals with voluntary overtime. I have criticized this type of clause in agreements, because I believe companies can abuse its intention. That is a prospective employee is required to sign an voluntary overtime agreement as a requirement to obtaining employment.

It is a form of workplace flexibility that has been agreed to by employers FWC and unions. Reading the clause does not cause any detriment to the employee. If the employee wants to work extra hours, here is an avenue where he will be offered it on a regular basis.  The agreement provides for payment to be at casual rates which is a lot better than some agreements where the rate of pay is at normal rates. If the company did not offer it as overtime, they would probably utilize casuals on their books to work the hours.

The pay rates are similar to what was the hourly rate for security in Victoria in 2010, given there has been a transition period where individual hourly rates in different states were allowed to catch up to what was prescribed in the SSIA. As there is no provision for increase of wages over the years, I do not know what the employees are receiving now.

One condition which is stated is the condition of the payment of a leave loading. Most agreements do not have this clause and state the leave loading is incorporated in the aggregate hourly rate or totally ignore it.
 
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24.4 Payment for annual leave

Before the start of the employee’s annual leave the employer must pay the employee in respect of the period of such leave the greater of:

(a) the amount the employee would have earned during the period of leave for working their normal hours, exclusive of overtime, had they not been on leave; and

(b) the employee’s ordinary time rate specified in clause 14.1, together with, where applicable, the leading hand allowance, relieving officer’s allowance and first aid allowance prescribed in clause 15.1(a) respectively, plus a loading of 17.5%.


UV can choose to terminate the agreement at anytime.  
 

Ah! Working in Security where finding the real thief could be your employer. Now is the time to check your super account.
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Reply #5 - 27. Mar 2015 at 14:06

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But even while Glad’s cleaners are celebrating their new agreement, counterparts in Canberra fear their pay could be cut by up to 20% as a result of a purge of “red tape” by the Abbott Government.

It will no longer recognise Clean Start terms and conditions when negotiating contracts for cleaning and maintenance of government buildings.
 

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Reply #4 - 27. Mar 2015 at 14:05

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“This is a great win but it’s only the start. We need to convince other cleaning companies to treat cleaners with respect and reward them properly,” said United Voice Victorian secretary Jess Walsh.

“Consolidated Property Services is the biggest single employer of cleaners in the city. Cleaners are essential to this city functioning properly and they deserve more respect than they are getting from Consolidated.

“Consolidated is running dead in negotiations while staff pay has been frozen for two years.”

While Consolidated refuses constructive talks its workers are caught in a pay freeze and safeguards against subcontracting are not in place.

“Our gleaming office towers have hidden from view the cleaning industry’s dirty secret of bullying, intimidation and wage theft,” Ms Walsh said.

“Cut price subcontractors, used by ‘reputable’ cleaning companies, have created toxic workplaces to hide illegally low wages and other abuses.

“Glad is a leading player so its support for these reforms is an important step forward in our battle to rid Melbourne of this exploitation that shames our city and threatens our vital international education industry.”

A United Voice investigation last year uncovered illegal sub-contracting at a quarter of city office sites and also found that sub-contracted cleaners were paid as little as $15 an hour on night shift, a fraction of the agreed rate of $24.35 an hour.

‘This agreement is a wonderful result for all cleaners’
Lina Martinez, an international student from Colombia and Glad cleaner said students were vulnerable because they needed to work and often felt fearful and intimidated.

“My family cannot afford to support me over here so I need to work to pay my study fees and support myself,” she said.

“Coming to a developed country like Australia I was surprised to see people exploited at work, but students cannot afford to lose their jobs and so some keep quiet and end up being paid a lot less for doing the same work as others.

“This agreement is a wonderful result for all cleaners.”

The first Clean Start agreement lifted pay substantially for about 1500 cleaners. That agreement expired on June 30, 2013. The new Clean Start deal includes above-CPI wage rises of 12 per cent over four years.

Crucially, the new agreement aims to promote job security and ensure sub-contractors are only used when there is a need for specialised work not normally done by direct employees. If specialised skills are genuinely required, employees must receive Clean Start pay, minimum shift times and health and safety standards comparable to direct employees.

Prior to Clean Start office cleaning was beset by high levels of job insecurity. Typically cleaners can work for five or more contractors in the same office building across their career. The Clean Start Agreement enables them to keep their jobs and their long service leave when a new contractor wins the contract in their building.

 

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Reply #3 - 27. Mar 2015 at 14:04

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CLEANERS HAVE A GOOD REASON TO BE GLAD

Source:http://workinglife.org.au/2014/06/16/cleaners/

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ON a day of action for cleaners around the world, a small group of workers are celebrating a victory over bullying and wage theft in Melbourne’s CBD cleaning industry.

More than 200 cleaners will vote today on a deal struck with Glad Group which delivers real pay rises, job security and an end to exploitative working conditions.

They claim the new Clean Start agreement is a “landmark victory” in the campaign to eliminate bullying and wage theft by dodgy cleaning subcontractors who underpay international students.

Melbourne city cleaners will now turn their focus to Glad’s biggest competitor, Consolidated Property Services, which has so far denied justice to its staff by refusing to sign the new Clean Start Agreement.

Fight goes on for cleaners around the world
Ratification of the new agreement by the workers coincides with International Justice Day for Cleaners and Security Guards, which highlights the low pay, long hours, precarious work and unsafe conditions of cleaners and security staff around the world.

The date commemorates events in 1990 in the United States when protestors from the hugely successful ‘Justice for Janitors’ campaign were confronted by police. Baton wielding officers tried to break up a janitors’ march in Los Angeles, and 38 of the cleaners were arrested. It is now a global day of action.

To mark International Justice Day for Cleaners and Security Guards, Melbourne’s cleaners are asking city workers to take ‘selfies’ wearing rubber gloves as a gesture of support for those who keep our workplaces safe and clean.

n the tradition of Justice for Janitors, international students and other city office cleaners waged a relentless public campaign demanding the Glad Group support the new Clean Start Agreement. This included 71 rowdy street protests targeting CBD office buildings as well as media and online pressure.

The Clean Start agreement provides above-inflation wage increases and higher pay for night and evening work, and enhanced job security provisions in an industry where short-term employment is pervasive.

Key to the deal, and effective immediately, is Glad’s commitment to ensure that cleaners working for subcontractors receive pay and rights equal to those directly employed. Sub-contracting is at the heart of abuses against international students who are vulnerable to rip-offs, fear and intimidation and who comprise more than half the city’s office cleaners.
 

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Reply #2 - 27. Mar 2015 at 13:59

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“Mr Billson says he wants to encourage contractors and the self-employed but the Howard Government system he wants to restore is a shortcut to sham contracting and exploitation,” Ms Walsh said.

Sham contracting occurs when an employer tries to disguise an employment relationship as an independent contracting relationship, enabling companies to avoid paying legal rates of pay and entitlements such as annual leave and superannuation.

BACKGROUND

•    On August 21 2012 Last year Federal Magistrate Sylvia Emmett fined Glad Group Pty Ltd $62,000 for failing to pay cleaners at 166 Phillip St, Sydney proper rates of pay or overtime, and failing to credit them for annual leave.

•    Magistrate Emmett said that Glad Group underpaid the 31 employees involved in the case a total of $133,845.93, and that after it was required to pay a $37,246.82 instalment of the missing wages, Glad Group then demanded the instalment back from the cleaners. Only after the Fair Work Ombudsman heard of the company’s demand for the unpaid wages to be returned to it were the cleaners “re-credited” with the money.

•    Most of the underpayments related to Glad Group subcontracting the final hour of a four-hour shift to a second company, LJ & LJ King.

•    Magistrate Emmett said Glad Group displayed a disregard for its obligations under workplace laws. The employees included international students, recent immigrants and workers on holiday visas.

•    Lack of proper records meant there was no way of knowing if cleaners had worked extra hours for which they still had not been paid, said Magistrate Emmett.

•    Following complaints and queries from members, United Voice Victoria recovered $57,651.51 in underpayments by Glad.

•    Two of the Melbourne under-payment cases settled only after United Voice launched court action. In one instance Glad failed to pay a $7774.80 severance payment, and the second case involved non-payment of wages, entitlements and shift penalties of $3,547.34.

•    The underpayments discovered by United Voice occurred at 16 sites in Melbourne. The offences detailed by the FWO occurred at 126 Phillips St, Sydney from October 2008 to August 2009.

•    The United Voice report ‘A Dirty Business’ found that underpayment rorts were occurring in at least one in four city buildings.

•    Part time cleaners working for sub-contractors are paid as little as $15 an hour, a fraction of the agreed rate of $24.35 an hour. Cleaners working for sub-contractors are underpaid up to $15,000 a year, while building owners are ripped off up to $150,000 a year.
 

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Reply #1 - 27. Mar 2015 at 13:59

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CITY RAID TURNS UP HEAT ON GLAD GROUP

Source:http://www.unitedvoice.org.au/press-releases/city-raid-turns-heat-glad-group
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The cleaner’s union, United Voice last night ran the first of a series of raids on a leading cleaning company after exposing its practice of repeatedly underpaying international students.

Last night’s action confirmed that subcontractors engaged by the Glad Group were illegally paying international student cleaners almost $6.00 an hour below award wages at 114 William Street, Melbourne.

Almost two-thirds of Glad Group’s city cleaners are international students and their mistreatment, as revealed in a United Voice investigation last month, threatens the viability of Australia’s export education industry.

The raids are following the revelation that Glad has been found on 25 occasions to have under-paid Melbourne cleaners a total of $57,651.51. And last year in the Federal Magistrates Court Glad was fined $62,000 and made to repay 31 Sydney cleaners a total of $133,845.93.

Investigators will be demanding access to employment records, inspecting work practices and interviewing workers at numerous Glad Group cleaning sites, said United Voice state secretary Jess Walsh. This follows the service of right-of-entry orders.

Walsh said Glad faced a total of 14 compliance raids at city buildings over coming days.

“We have been tipped off they are using subcontractors in several of their buildings but history suggests it could be even more widespread,” said Walsh. “We’re hitting them with what amounts to a search warrant to get the low down on pay and work practices.

“We are turning up the heat because we want to expose the use of subcontractors to undercut workers’ pay. During the current agreement in Melbourne we have stepped in to recover from Glad more than $57,000 in underpayments.

“The Sydney rorts happened because Glad subcontracted work on the cheap. We know cut-price subcontracting is continuing at Glad buildings in Melbourne. Ripping off international students in the cleaning industry is playing Russian roulette with the future of our education industry. Glad and the cleaning industry are on notice: if they won’t stop the rorts, we will.”

United Voice wants major cleaning companies like Glad to commit to pay all cleaners equally, whether they are sub-contractors or their own employees.

The raids follow the release of ‘A Dirty Business: The exploitation of international students in Melbourne’s office cleaning industry’. That report, which exposed widespread sub-contracting and rip-offs, bullying and a toxic climate of fear, resulted from a seven month union investigation.

Ms Walsh said comments by the Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson that he would order the Australian Taxation Office to lay off contractors were alarming since the ATO is on record as having exposed sham subcontracting in the cleaning industry.

 

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27. Mar 2015 at 13:56

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Collective Agreement:
https://www.fwc.gov.au/documents/documents/agreements/fwa/AE881787.pdf

Site:http://www.gladgroup.com.au/index.php/services/security-services

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Thanks President Ives and the crap LHMU:

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Is it just me, or is the LHMU is just as bad as entertainment and arts alliance?
 

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