June 15 cleaners rallies

Support the growing Clean Start: Fair Deal for Cleaners movement across Australia - next week join cleaners and their supporters as they march through cities and award the Golden Toilet Brush Award to a wealthy CBD property owner.

On International Justice for Cleaners Day - June 15 - there will be rallies in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa and the USA - and that's just to name a few places.

Here in Australia to accompany FIFA's prestigious Golden Boot award for most goals scored during the World Cup, the LHMU Cleaners Union will be awarding our own prestigious award the Golden Toilet Brush Award.

Here's how to get details about the Golden Toilet Brush Award

International Justice for Cleaners Day June 15

International Justice for Cleaners Day is set aside each year to bring attention to the conditions cleaners face across the globe.

It was triggered by the Justice for Janitors movement in the USA.

The annual rallies around International Justice for Cleaners Day grew out of an ugly incident on June 15, 1990, in Los Angeles when police beat immigrant cleaners protesting the way a multi-national cleaning company was treating them in a CBD office block.

This incident provoked public outrage in the USA and abroad. Pressure from cleaners who belonged to unions in other countries helped force the contract cleaner to finally sit down, negotiate and show some respect and decency when talking with their workers.

Since then - for nearly two decades now - June 15 has become a focal point for organising cleaners in campaigns and celebrations across several continents.

Rallies of cleaners and their union supporters are already planned in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and the USA - as well as other parts of the globe.

Details of Int'l Justice for Cleaners Day rallies across Australia and New Zealand

  • - Auckland - Starts Aotea Square at midday. Contact: Kirsty McCully - 09 375 2687
  • - Wellington - Rally at the corner of Molesworth St and Lambton Quay at midday. Contact:Mea' ole Keil - 04 566 8274
  • - Brisbane - Will start at LHMU office, 27 Peel St, South Brisbane at 11 am and end up at State Law Building after a procession passing 6 other key property owners in Brisbane CBD. Contact:: Jane Cartwright 0409 490 032
  • - Sydney - Starts at 11:45 am in Hyde Park near fountain. Contact: Rebecca Reilly 02 8204 7204
  • - Canberra - Starts at 11.30 am at Pilgrim Place, 67 Northbourne Ave, Canberra. Contact: Lyndal Ryan, 02 61201202
  • - Melbourne - Starts at St Francis Church Hall, Corner of Lonsdale & Elizabeth St, Melbourne CBD at 1 pm. Contact: Lisa Chesters - 03 9235 7777
  • - Hobart - Cleaners meet for rally at the Central Bar & Cafe at 3pm, 73 Collins St, Hobart: Leigh Hills - 0418 179 429
  • - Adelaide - Starts Parliament House steps, North Terrace, Adelaide at 12pm. Contact: Chris Field 08 8352 9300

  • - Perth - Action kicks off at 4pm next to the Kangaroos in Stirling Gardens corner Barrack St and St George's Tce (near Council House). Contact: Sonia Gurrin - 08 9388 5400
  • - Darwin - Rally starts 12.30pm outside the Commonwealth Bank, Smith St. Contact: Di Smith 8924 4703

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