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New Zealand association members agree to pay above minimum wage for cleaners16th of July 2014
Members of Building Service Contractors of New Zealand (BSCNZ) have agreed to pay their cleaning staff at least 35c per hour above the minimum wage - reports Inclean magazine.
"The new Multi Employer Collective Agreement (MECA), agreed between the BSCNZ and employees, establishes $14.60 (9.4 euros) per hour as the minimum hourly rate for cleaners working for BSC member companies," a statement said.
The rate will come into effect from August 4.
The MECA also sets out agreed conditions regarding maximum daily and weekly hours cleaning staff should be expected to work, health and safety, holiday and sick leave and security of employment.
BSCNZ's chief executive Lillian Small commented: "$14.60 per hour is the minimum rate cleaners and cleaning supervisors working for BSC members will be paid from August 4. However, I am aware that a number of our members pay a higher rate.
"We are also aware there is a widespread perception that all cleaners are paid the minimum wage. That is simply not the case for BSC member companies," she continued.
"The MECA is a strong point of difference between companies which are members of BSC and those which are not. Businesses contracting a BSC member can be confident they are using a reputable company which treats its cleaning staff fairly, ensuring fair pay, reasonable hours and safe conditions."