School cleaners from migrant backgrounds may lose jobs

Cleaners from migrant backgrounds might lose their jobs because of a government decision to terminate cleaners engaged through small businesses, Shadow Minister for Business and Employment Andrew Wall said.
The Labor-Greens Government intends to terminate all existing cleaning contracts to directly employ cleaners as ACT public servants, supposedly to improve job security.
But in Estimates hearings today, Education Minister Yvette Berry could not guarantee school cleaners from migrant backgrounds would be eligible to keep their jobs.
“To be employed in the public service you have to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident,” Mr Wall said.
“This means many cleaners from refugee or migrant backgrounds may be the first to miss out on permanent employment because of this policy.
“Often refugees or migrants who are new to Australia gain quick employment in cleaning services.
“We should be making it easier to employ migrants and refugees, not harder,” Mr Wall said.