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16    Industrial Relations— Employment guarantees for cleaners in New South Wales

Senator Rhiannon, also on behalf of Senator Cameron, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 586—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Finance, Services and Innovation has stated that it will not be extending employment guarantees for cleaners, which have been in place since 1994, in the new contracts in 2018,

                                    (ii)       the Fair Work Act 2009 allows employers, such as the NSW Government, to take this action,

                                  (iii)       7000 school cleaners in NSW will need to reapply for their jobs for the first time in 24 years,

                                  (iv)       many of these already precarious and underpaid workers will be placed under unnecessary financial stress, including housing stress,

                                   (v)       regional school cleaners will face the brunt of this announcement, as many of these workers will be unable to find another job in their area if their contracts are not renewed, and

                                  (vi)       United Voice NSW, the union for cleaners, is doing an excellent job advocating for these workers; and

               (b)       calls on:

                                     (i)       the Federal Government to amend the Fair Work Act 2009 so previous employment guarantees are retained when new contracts are drawn up, and

                                    (ii)       the NSW Government to ensure jobs are guaranteed to all cleaners who want to continue employment under the new agreement.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.