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Network members explore the ‘gold’ within their businesses

The prodigious opportunities that exist for Network Group supplier members to further expand their businesses were explored in-depth at the 2011 Network Group Conference. Themed ‘X Marks the Spot… Discover the Gold within your business’, the event was held on Hamilton Island (Queensland) late May. Among the 80 strong delegate…

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Fed Govt crackdown on cash payments

Cleaning industry next in line for Government’s contractor crackdown

According to a post Federal Government budget report by www.smartcompany.com.au’s Madeleine Heffernan, the construction industry is furious with the Government’s plan to require construction companies to report payments made to contractors. However, the move was been defended by CPA Australia, which described it as a ‘reality check’ for an industry…

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Stamas appointed to FMA board

GJK’s Stamas appointed to FMA board

Cleaning and property Services provider GJK Facility Services has announced the appointment of its director George Stamas to the Facility Management Association of Australia (FMA Australia) board of directors. One of the largest privately owned providers of soft services in Australia, GJK believes a strong relationship with clients and industry…

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Spotless and Blackstone

Private equity company makes takeover overture for Spotless

Spotless Group reported to the Australian Stock Exchange on 9 May that it had ‘received an indicative, non-binding and conditional proposal from a private equity firm to acquire 100% of the shares of Spotless via a scheme of arrangement at an indicative price of $2.50 in cash per share. ‘The…

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BSCAA and EMA conduct IR seminars

Cleaning Services Award 2010 seminars and education material

The Building Service Contractors Association of Australia Inc (BSCAA) has, as a result of funding from the Fair Work Ombudsman’s Shared Industry Assistance Project, produced a number of Information Sheets on various provisions contained in the Cleaning Services Award 2010 (Cleaning Award). Information Sheets on the operation and application of…

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Cleaning Council WA's official launch

CCWA outlines proactive mission at its official launch

By Kim Ball Strong words plus a clear and proactive mission were part of the mix for the official launch of the Cleaning Council WA (CCWA) late last month. About 100 industry members, allied industry representatives and CCWA members attended the launch at the Perth Zoo. CCWA has evolved from…

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United Voice targets Spotless in landmark IR case

Cleaners start case to test IFAs’ legitimacy

The Federal Court is about to be called on to hear a landmark case on the legitimacy of AWA-style Individual Flexible Agreements (IFAs) in the workplace, stated a 30 March United Voice press release. United Voice (formerly the LHMU), is taking the Spotless Group to the Federal Court and Fair…

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FWO and EMA

EMA Consulting appointed as FWO liaison officer

EMA Consulting has been appointed by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) as its Liaison Officer to administer the implementation of part of the FWO’s Shared Industry Assistance Program (SIAP). EMA Consulting will jointly work with the Building Service Contractors Association of Australia (BSCAA) to develop and implement training programs relating…

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Unanimous support for NSW portable long service leave scheme

Submitted by the NSW Department of Services, Technology & Administration Some 30,000 cleaners in NSW are engaged in connection with commercial cleaning contracts, working for consecutive, unrelated employers and are unable to accrue the requisite 10 years’ continuous service with a single employer to be eligible for long service leave…

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Staff turnover reduced with higher wages

Staff turnover reduced with higher wages

A just-released Asset Skills (UK) Intelligence paper (issue 10), authored by researcher Helen Kemp, indicates that migrant workers continue to play a significant role in the cleaning industries of a number of nations including; Australia, Norway, New Zealand, Finland and England. In Ireland however, the proportion of migrant workers is…

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Transfield Services upbeat with record contracted revenue

Securing an expanded NSW Government cleaning contract has proven a major fillip to Transfield Services’ burgeoning contracts’ book. In releasing its first half results yesterday, Transfield Services reiterated its full year guidance target, confirming it has record contracted revenue and delivered key elements of its strategy despite continuing tough conditions….

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Cleaning contracting in WA lacks training companies

Lack of trainers threatens WA industry skills

Hundreds of cleaning industry employees are being deprived of critical training due to a lack of training organisations in Western Australia. After the cleaning industry has been battling for years to have the minimum weekly hours worked reduced from 20 to 15, there are no registered training organisations (RTOs) with…

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