United Voice is the cleaners’ union. A quarter of our members work in contracted industries such as cleaning and security, and an increasing number of them are employed in workplaces characterised by high levels of pyramid contracting and sham contracting.
For this reason, United Voice is uniquely placed to offer insights on exploitation of cleaners working in retail.
Australia has some of the world’s strongest workplace protections in the OECD, yet the exploitation of retail cleaners this country is endemic.
Wage theft, wage stagnation, insecurity and poor working conditions are entrenched features of the industry.
This submission explains why the current industrial relations (IR) framework is failing to protect these workers from harm, and what can be done to fix it.
Full submission coming soon.