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City raid turns up heat on GLAD Group

The cleaner’s union, United Voice last night ran the first of a series of raids on a leading cleaning company after exposing its practice of repeatedly underpaying international students.

Last night’s action confirmed that subcontractors engaged by the Glad Group were illegally paying international student cleaners almost $6.00 an hour below award wages at 114 William Street, Melbourne.

Almost two-thirds of Glad Group’s city cleaners are international students and their mistreatment, as revealed in a United Voice investigation last month, threatens the viability of Australia’s export education industry.

The raids are following the revelation that Glad has been found on 25 occasions to have under-paid Melbourne cleaners a total of $57,651.51. And last year in the Federal Magistrates Court Glad was fined $62,000 and made to repay 31 Sydney cleaners a total of $133,845.93.

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