Finsec president, Sue Boraston, is calling on Finsec members to support the 800 public hospital cleaners, kitchen workers and orderlies that work in our public hospitals who have been locked out of their job by their employer, Spotless Services Ltd.
You can support these workers by calling 0900 LOCKOUT (0900 562 5688) and making an automatic donation of $10 or by making donations to BNZ Newmarket, Acct Number 02-0264-0294110-000, Ref LOCK OUT
Every donation will help these workers through this difficult time while they and their families go without pay.
After several months of negotiations a number of District Health Boards across the country and three other contractors (ISS, OCS and Compass) have accepted a proposed new pay scale to pass on $16 million of government funding to lift the wages of low paid workers in public hospitals.
However Australian owned company Spotless has not signed up to the deal. Many Spotless staff are paid on or close to the minimum wage of $11.25 and the new deal would deliver pay rises of between $2 and $3 an hour for some of the lowest paid workers in the country. Instead Spotless has locked out the workers who were campaigning for this deal to be signed.
“Service and support staff in hospitals are some of the lowest paid workers in the country and by locking out hundreds of hospital workers Spotless Services are taking on the whole 350,000 strong union movement,” CTU president Ross Wilson said about the lockout.
It is important that Spotless pass on the extra government funding to its staff. For this to happen we need to support the locked out cleaners, orderlies and kitchen workers to send Spotless a message that they cannot use extreme tactics to scare union members away from campaigning for fairness at work and a decent wage.
(thanks to the NDU for the photo)