28 July 2009
City buildings targeted as watchdog investigates cleaners’ pay rates
Some of Sydney’s prime CBD office buildings have been targeted for surprise night-time visits by workplace inspectors over the next two nights.
While the iconic buildings house high-profile blue-chip tenants, they were selected randomly on the basis of their cleaning contractors.
The Fair Work Ombudsman is conducting a campaign in the metropolitan area aimed at ensuring cleaners are being paid properly.
NSW Deputy Director John Fleming says his office has received intelligence which suggests their may be compliance issues which need attention.
A team of eight Fair Work inspectors will make unannounced inspections tonight and tomorrow as part of a plan to audit cleaning contractors in up to 20 buildings.
Mr Fleming says they will check to ensure cleaners are being paid correct hourly rates of pay, including weekend and shift penalties, public holiday loadings and allowances.
He says the blitz will allow inspectors to determine if there are any significant compliance issues in the industry which warrant a broader campaign.
Mr Fleming says many cleaners working at night are overseas students who may not be aware of their workplace rights or the laws which protect them.
Workers and employers alike can contact the FWO Infoline on 13 13 94 or visit www.fwo.gov.au for assistance.
The Fair Work Ombudsman promotes harmonious, productive and co-operative workplaces.
It also monitors compliance and investigates breaches of national workplace laws.
(Pls note the Fair Work Ombudsman will not be identifying the individual premises)
Craig Bildstien, Director Media & Stakeholder Relations,
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Ryan Pedler, Media & Stakeholder Relations Senior Adviser
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