‘How can they do this to people?’: school cleaners hit out at changes

 

Fifteen classrooms, 17 toilets, three urinals, 32 rubbish bins, 12 drinking fountains and 40 windows.

That’s what Lisa Berryman is expected to clean during her four-hour shift at a Melbourne primary school.

Then there are the less frequent tasks: mopping the gym and art room, wiping down 600 chairs, scrubbing the classroom sinks and cleaning the staff room and offices.

Ms Berryman used to have an extra hour and 20 minutes a day to complete these tasks.

But in the wake of a state government overhaul of school cleaning, she’s been stripped of seven hours of work a week and her pay has dropped from $25.65 per hour to $23.49.

This amounts to more than a $200 weekly pay cut

“How can they do this to people?” she said. “They have given us worse working conditions.”

While the changes were aimed at stamping out the underpayment of workers, cleaners like Ms Berryman say their pay and conditions have deteriorated.

via ‘How can they do this to people?’: school cleaners hit out at changes

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