Canberrans asked to show appreciation for 1000s of office cleaners on International Cleaners Day

Unions are asking Canberrans to mark International Cleaners Day by saying “thank you” to their workplace cleaner.

International Cleaners Day is held on 15 June each year. It is a day to recognise and demonstrate appreciation for the hard, often unrecognised, work that cleaners do each day.

Whether it is in an office, a hospital, a school, or at an outdoor event, the work of cleaners is essential to the community and the economy.

This year, UnionsACT and United Voice, the cleaners’ union, are asking Canberrans to leave a “thank you” message for their workplace cleaners.

You can write your own, or download a template here.

The following quotes are attributable to Alex White, secretary of UnionsACT:

“The work of cleaners is mostly invisible, and rarely acknowledged. That’s why this year, we are asking Canberrans to thank their workplace cleaner.

“Please use this day to show that you and your coworkers appreciate and value the work of your cleaner by leaving a ‘thank you’ card on your desk or in the cleaner’s room.”

The following quotes are attributable to Lyndal Ryan, secretary of United Voice, the cleaners’ union:

“Most cleaners in Canberra, and Australia, have had their jobs contracted out and casualised in the last decade.

 “Cleaners do much more than ensuring workplaces are safe and hygienic, and take great pride in their work.

“Unfortunately, in Canberra, cleaners are still fighting to be treated with dignity and respect, whether it is by the Federal Government in Parliament House or unscrupulous contracting companies.”

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