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Abbott wipes floor with cleaners' pay



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THE HON BILL SHORTEN MP LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION MEMBER FOR MARIBYRNONG

THE HON BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS

MEMBER FOR GORTON

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Abbott Wipes Floor With Cleaners’ Pay

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has this afternoon deliberately deceived low-paid cleaners with false hope that his Government won’t cut their wages.

As hundreds of Australia’s lowest paid workers gathered in Canberra to recognise International Cleaners’ Day, Mr Abbott used Question Time to wipe the floor with their future.

Mr Abbott said:

“I want to make it absolutely crystal clear that no cleaner's pay is reduced. No cleaner's pay is reduced.”

TONY ABBOTT - QUESTION TIME - 16 JUNE 2014

The Prime Minister knows that is a lie - because his Government is axing vital cleaning industry guidelines that will see cleaners lose thousands of dollars a year from their pay packets.

The Commonwealth Cleaning Services Guidelines, which regulate minimum pay and conditions for cleaners, will be abolished on 30 June this year as part of Mr Abbott’s red tape stunt.

The guidelines apply to cleaners working for Australian Government agencies and contractors.

As a result, cleaners stand to face a pay cut of $22 an hour to $17 an hour.

The axing of the guidelines will see many cleaners shifted to the existing industry award and its reduced pay rates - losing up to $170 every week in pay.

Tony Abbott’s unfair Budget already targets low and middle income earners - these disgraceful cuts will hit Australian cleaners already doing it tough.

MONDAY, 16 JUNE 2014