Mopping up crime scenes, polishing the floors of schools and keeping public toilets fresh are just some of the tasks cleaners will be acknowledged for on Thank Your Cleaner Day, taking place tomorrow Wednesday 18 October.
In New Zealand the cleaning industry is worth more than $1 billion annually and employs nearly 40,000 people.
Facilities services company, OCS, has more than 4000 staff working across New Zealand at more than 9300 offices, shops, warehouses, airports and more – from Kaitaia to Invercargill.
Managing director Gareth Marriott says it’s great to formally acknowledge the team members and reinforce the fact they’re valued an appreciated – not just by OCS, but by their clients around the country.
“Cleaning is one of the most important industries in the world, yet most of the people undertaking this work are invisible to most,” said Marriott. “Cleaners work day, night and weekends to keep our clients working environments clean, safe and hygienic.
“This is a great opportunity for New Zealanders to recognise and value the industry and the vital contribution to businesses and the wider community.”
Functions for cleaners scheduled include an afternoon tea at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre, a morning tea at Waikato University and one at Hawkes Bay hospital. Functions are also being held at Air New Zealand, Auckland Airport, Karcher, The Warehouse Group Head Office, Christchurch Airport and Auckland Museum.