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THE HON BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS MEMBER FOR GORTON

DIRTIER DEEDS

Public Sector cleaners have today had more bad news with reports of further wage cuts at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Report’s today reveal that cleaners at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) have received a 15 per cent pay cut, which will amount to a $6000 a year wage reduction.

These revelations fly in the face of Tony Abbott’s promise last June that abolishing the Commonwealth Cleaning Services Guidelines would not affect cleaner’s pay.

“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

Tony Abbott knew that scrapping the guidelines would result in a reduction in wages, yet he continued to press ahead.

This news follows yesterday’s revelations that cleaners at Parliament House are now facing a wage cut, along with news revealed in March that cleaners at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection were receiving $2 an hour less, and their annual wages were being reduced by thousands of dollars.

Labor will continue to stand against this government’s unfair actions.

These cleaners do a fantastic job, and they deserve respect and fair wages and conditions.

The only jobs that Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey care about are their own.

MODAY, 25 MAY 2015

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