October 24, 2012

SHIRE SCHOOLS COP ROUGH END OF THE MOP

Oct 24, 2012

Four Sutherland-St George schools have been singled out for some of the biggest cleaning cuts in NSW.

New figures reveal that more than 3500 cleaning hours will be ripped out of Heathcote, Woolaware, James Cook Boys and Menai High Schools over the next 12 months.

Cleaners union, United Voice, says those cuts are just the start of a four-year program that will threaten hygiene standards in NSW public schools.

“Cleaners struggle to do the job properly with the hours they have now. These cuts will put cleanliness and hygiene standards at risk, there is no doubt about that,” United Voice secretary Mark Boyd says.

Mr Boyd said the state government used a desktop review of cleaning hours to settle on an arbitrary productivity figure that took no account of the realities faced by people with mops and vacuum cleaners.

In August the state government announced 7.3 percent cuts to school cleaning hours this year, and United Voice responded with a website that lets families know exactly what is happening at their schools.

Those figures show that Heathcote HS (18 hours per week), Woolooware (17.97) and James Cook Boys (17.88) are among the 10 worst affected schools in NSW. Menai, losing 17.68 hours a week, this year, ranks 11th of the state’s biggest losers.

Parents and families can see what is happening at their school, and compare the treatment of schools state-wide at, cleanschools.org.au/schooltable

Further Information: Jim Marr, United Voice media officer, 0448 912892

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