Clean Start: A Fair Deal for Cleaners


Kamal Jimi



Kamal.JPG"The night shift is now up to $21 per hour plus allowances. That makes it $23. Before Clean Start I was earning $19.Now that we have Clean Start we are confident about our rights. We won greater respect and fairer wages.

But we have to keep fighting to make sure that the agreement continues into the future.

We wanted respect and job security and better money. Winning that gave us a sense of achievement and more confidence at work. We can do our jobs properly.

I feel very proud that we achieved that — by joining with other members and raising our union voice.

 

 

We wanted respect and job security and better money. Winning that gave us a sense of achievement and more confidence at work. We can do our jobs properly.

I feel very proud that we achieved that — by joining with other members and raising our union voice.

It is my right as a worker and a person to be treated with respect but I had to fight for it. All the bills are going up. I am happy that I am on the Clean Start Agreement because Fair Work Australia doesn’t put the pay up enough. Clean Start Agreement helps every office cleaner with the extra money earned and also the respect at work. This is good for us. Before the agreement the hours were terrible and there was not enough time. But now everything is getting better.

It means I can now buy a property on my income. Before Clean Start my pay was not enough, even fulltime, the bank said no to a loan. But now they have accepted my application. I am going to build a house on it next year. I’ve never been able to own a house before. I can also afford to bring my wife over
from Eritrea. She has been waiting for me to get the money together to pay her immigration fees.

I feel very happy and excited by next year. I will build my house and have my family. And all this I have because of our Clean Start Agreement.

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