In 2014, 47 education cleaning members led 23 visits to MPs across the State, calling for clean schools and quality cleaning. Union members asked for a commitment that the politicians would not support the devolvement of education cleaning.
Devolvement is what happened to education cleaners in Victoria, where individual Principals are given money to directly contract out their cleaning work. This has resulted in no job security, poor conditions of employment and lower cleaning standards.
Because of all these meetings and putting pressure on politicians across the State, Adrian Piccolli, Minister for Education, sounded positive that the form of the contract will not change in the next contract cycle. But, he didn’t give a firm commitment – which is why education cleaning members decided to keep the pressure out by creating Clean Schools.