News

Langbroek promises 400 cleaner jobs safe until 2018

Chris Rowntree has been a cleaner at Camira State School for 32 years.
Chris Rowntree has been a cleaner at Camira State School for 32 years. Rob Williams

SCHOOL cleaners have received a firm commitment from Minister for Education John-Paul Langbroek that their jobs are safe until at least 2018 and will not be outsourced.

The QT reported last week that cleaners and their union United Voice were concerned that their government jobs would be outsourced if the LNP was to win a second term in government.

There was some debate between the union and the government over whether that commitment had already been given but after the QT's story, Mr Langbroek removed all doubt in a letter to principals in state schools on Friday, October 24.

Mr Langbroek said "the Newman Government will not outsource school cleaners in Queensland state schools during the remainder of this term of government, or in the future should we be fortunate enough to secure a second term".

Camira State School cleaner Chris Rowntree, one of 400 government employed school cleaners in the Ipswich area, said Mr Langbroek's commitment to cleaners beyond the end of the current workplace agreement that expired on January 18, 2015 was "good news and a step in the right direction".

Union branch secretary Gary Bullock said in a letter to Mr Langbroek that the commitment would "allow our members and their families to plan for the future".

Ipswich West MP Sean Choat was one of two LNP members who signed a pledge committing to fight against cleaner outsourcing and restore conditions that had been ripped away.

Ms Rowntree welcomed his support, and said it was needed.

"The only thing we are worried about is that the LNP has pushed through legislation that scrubbed a lot of our protections with regard to a lot of our conditions," Ms Rowntree said.

"There is a formula that the education department drew up that gives us a quota of how many hundred square metres of carpet per hour is to be cleaned, along with things like external concrete and polished floors.

"All of those protections that guarantee our hours and our workload have been scrapped by the LNP.

"If a cleaner left the school the government could quite legally not replace that cleaner, so the cleaners left behind would have to pick that up.

"Labor has given us an assurance that if they gain power they will roll a lot of that legislation back.

"That is what we are trying to get the LNP to do.

"But we are happy that they have said they will not contract us out."

Topics:  cleaners, education queensland, jobs




Two Ipswich women charged over Adelaide murder

A photo of Robert Whitwell, released by South Australia Police.

South Australia to seek extradition

Men in custody after police swarm house, find missing baby

Police believe the baby girl may be with a 16-year-old and 19-year-old in a green 1995 Mazda 121 with Queensland registration 045GOS, and could be heading to Toowoomba.

The two men and baby girl could be heading to Toowoomba

Latest deals and offers

Tom Hiddleston's Instagram account hacked

Actor Tom Hiddleston

Thor star the latest celebrity targetted by hackers

Charlize Theron's son dresses up as Frozen character

Actor Charlize Theron

Star's son spotted dressed a beloved Frozen character

BOOKS: Food for thought in Caroline Beecham's latest novel

Maggie's Kitchen by Caroline Beecham is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

New novel reminds readers that bravery exists in many forms

TELEVISION: New show is a Survivor, for now

Jonathan LaPaglia hosts the TV series Australian Survivor.

WHAT happens when a new show with a big budget flops?

Rachel Weisz understands celebrity gossip fascination

Actor Rachel Weisz

Weisz says mystery is good for an actor

Gina Rodriguez relished dramatic change for new film

Jane the Virgin lead Gina Rodriguez

TV star shaved her hair for movie role

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa