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article imageCleaners protest outside Commonwealth Bank over low wages Special

By Richard Milnes     Aug 17, 2012 in Business
Sydney - The protesters handed out leaflets to the public and bank employees and held signs saying ‘CommBank cleaners deserve a living wage!’ and ‘Time for a clean start’.
More information about the ‘Clean Start’ campaign can be seen on their website.
The Commonwealth Bank in Australia recently announced profits of $7.1billion for the financial year ended 30 June 2012.
Digital Journal interviewed the protest organiser, Alex Morales of the United Voice union.
“We’re here because cleaners in shopping centres - they only earn $17 an hour. And obviously cleaners are asking for more money and better conditions, like job security.” Mr Morales told Digital Journal.
“Every time a new company comes in they can lose their jobs.
“The Commonwealth Bank is one of the biggest owners of shopping centres in Australia. So we are asking the Commonwealth Bank to give cleaners a fair go and give them proper wages, better conditions, job security. That’s why we’re protesting here today.”
According to the United Voice website, they are an organization of over 120,000 workers. It is one of Australia’s oldest and largest unions.
Cleaners handing out leaflets outside the Commonwealth Bank head office at 48 Martin Place in Sydney...
Cleaners handing out leaflets outside the Commonwealth Bank head office at 48 Martin Place in Sydney.
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