Continuing the topic of ethical cleaning, which I’m coining “Cleaning with a Meaning”  this latest news from the Industry – Courtesy INCLEAN MAGAZINE JUNE 19 ISSUE

The introduction of Australia’s first modern slavery act will require cleaning operators to take a broader look at their operations and supply chains to identify and eradicate any potential risks.

That’s according to Westpac’s director sustainable business services Olivia Tyler who spoke at the BSCAA NSW division’s AGM in Sydney last week.

Tayla discussed Australia’s MODERN SLAVERY ACT covering procurement requirements under the Commonwealth.

“I think the act is going to stimulate a lot of activity and transparency in supply chain Taylor advised.  In terms of what’s required to be recorded, businesses need to outline the structure of their operations and their supply chain covering what your business looks like, the product and service you offer and whether you are joint ventures of other entities that fall within your corporate structure

Businesses will have to describe the risks of modern slavery in the supply chain and operation For examples where did the mops and buckets used to come from who made them how do you know the people you think made them actually make them.

Taylor said business with me for the rest of the actions taken to assess and address modern slavery risks. “Assuming you survey your bucket supplier you need to consider how you can more regularly engage with them to understand that the other piece to consider is the effectiveness of your actions. If your actions are affective you will find issues. And you need to communicate how you address those issues”

According to the 2018 global slavery index more than 40 million people are thought to be in some form of slavery.   In Australia the estimate is around 15,000 people

However, people think  that Australia doesn’t have a modern slavery problem because of our laws, but that’s not necessarily the case.

Cleaning is among the industries identified as high risk by the global slavery index long with agriculture, construction, meat processing, and hospitality.

So what are the implications?  For anyone on the Coast either directly involved in cleaning, or purchasing cleaning services this means you will need to show proof of the Award Wage, Super and QLeave payments.  It should reduce piece-work payments (i.e Offering $20 to clean an apartment that takes 2 hours, effectively resulting in $10 per hour wages) and ABN subcontracting out work when staff work exclusively for you.

Thankfully, At Citrus Clean Steam Pest this has been our standard since 2008.  We do not force staff to work on an ABN and we pay the Award wage (often more), Super, QLeave and all other entitlements.  This represents a cost per hour around $30 for every staff member.  To run a cleaning operation in a long term sustainable manner we need to be priced at double the staff rate, so around $60 per hour minimum.

However, we all know that pricing is based on what the Market Will Bear.  Locally bonds cleans are under-priced  by certain operators and the question must be asked?  How is this managed?  Through excellence in managing the bottom line perhaps, but more likely through piece work payment and ABN invoicing by employees at the behest of unscrupulous employers.

If you are looking to get your Supply Chain in order to meet these new regulations we would be happy to pop over and give you a quote.  Don’t expect cheap – we all know what that means!  Expect exceptional, consistent, cleaning, time management, sustainable use of resources,  ethical and trasparent policy and a long term commitment to this area, and the planet.

Lisa McDade