Strata managers beware – check your contractors as the FWO is enforcing compliance
INCLEAN magazine is the premier cleaning and hygiene industry magazine in the Australian and New Zealand markets. It delivers need-to-know information to contracted and in-house service providers, product distributors and manufacturers. So when a publication of such high impact publishes multiple stories about illegal activities in the industry it is worth taking note.
The cleaning industry is one of the largest employers in Australasia
One in every 11 workers is employed in the Australasian cleaning industry, underscoring its economic importance. Even more importantly, the cleaning industry is responsible for maintaining public health and hygiene.
Not only is the cleaning industry important in terms of labour, it is also one of the most innovative. A constant flow of genuinely new products and services underscores delivery of services for efficient and environmentally sustainable operations.
It is sad therefore that there are some companies that are undermining the good reputation of the industry as a whole and in particular those companies that adhere to ethical and sustainable business principles.
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) is acting to punish offenders
Who will be held responsible?
In some circumstances intense competition between businesses to secure contracts can result in the undercutting of minimum wages to present the lowest cost tender. It is the FWO’s view that the tenderer bears the responsibility to ensure their procurement arrangements do not create circumstances where compliance with workplace laws is unachievable (Source: National Cleaning Industry Follow Up Campaign 2012 – 2013, Report – February 2015, A report by the Fair Work Ombudsman under the Fair Work Act 2009, Date of Publication – February 2015) .
Alert for Strata Managers
Is your organisation dealing with either of these contractors?
Department of Fair Trading booklet on Strata Living