Last year, the NSW government opened the contract tender for school cleaning, and it was bad news for cleaners in New South Wales.
They'd stripped the jobs and hours guarantee from their new cleaning contract – forcing every cleaner to reapply for their jobs and putting 7000 jobs at risk across the state.
But cleaners fought back – they joined their union, petitioned the minister, met with politicians, shared stories in the media, mobilised teachers, principals and school communities, wrote to the premier and held mass meetings across the state.
And they won! Cleaners now have a job guarantee, an hours guarantee, protection around sub-contracting and more.
But they're not stopping there. They've protected what they've got, and now they're preparing to fight for the conditions and pay they deserve.