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GUD Holdings offloads Oates business
GUD Holdings has entered into an agreement to sell the Oates
janitorial and household cleaning products and chemicals business
to German-owned Freudenberg Household Products, for an
enterprise value of $A80 million.
Freudenberg Household Products is known locally for its Vileda
brand and is also the distributor of Ansell consumer gloves. Oates
has around 100 employees across Australia and is headed by former
Wesfarmers executive David Chin.
Internationally, the Freudenberg Group’s cleaning and laundry
care brands include O-Cedar, Wettex, Gala, Marigold and SWASH,
Gimi and Framar. In 2016 the Group employed more than 48,000
people in almost 60 countries and generated sales of €8.6 billion.
Freudenberg Group CEO, Dr. Mohsen Sohi, said the transaction
will drive the growth strategy of Freudenberg`s household product
business in one of its key countries.
“Following the acquisition of Gimi to strengthen our European
market, and the acquisition of Playtex household gloves in the USA,
we are now expanding our business in the Asia Pacific region.”
Denis Myhalchyshyn, managing director of Freudenberg
Household Products Australia, said: “This new combination of
strengths will focus on high quality standards, accelerate the drive for
innovation and create greater value and superior solutions for our
consumers and customers.”
The sale is expected to be completed in the first quarter of
next year, subject to approval by the Australian Competition and
Consumer Commission (ACCC).
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Labour Inspectorate plans
“blitz” on cleaning industry
The Labour Inspectorate will carry out random audits on as many as 60 cleaning companies
across the country over the next five months as part of its renewed focus on the cleaning industry.
National manager of the Labour Inspectorate Stu Lumsden told INCLEAN NZ the spot check
“blitz” will be conducted to ensure employers are in compliance with employment and record
“The reason we started to focus on the cleaning industry is because we started to see it as a race
to the bottom, and the problem with the race to the bottom is that you might win,” Lumsden told
INCLEAN NZ. “It’s our intention to do a blitz and spot check as many as 60 cleaning businesses
between now and April.”
Labour inspectors have the power to enter any workplace, interview any person, employer, or
employee at the site, and seek copies of wage, time, holiday and leave records. If an employer has
committed any breaches of their basic obligations to retain wage, time, holiday and leave records,
or provide employment agreement, an infringement notice will result in fines of $1000 per breach
up to $20,000 in any three month period.
Any employer issued an infringement will be placed on the stand down list which prevents
them from sponsoring visas to recruit migrant labour for six months, and 12 months if more
than one infringement notice is issued. Serious breaches may be taken to the Employment
“The work we do isn’t just about ensuring employees recieve what they’re owed, but to ensure
fair competition for the wider business community who do comply with their obligations,”
The Labour Inspectorate has also worked with government to set up a procurement branch, to
ensure cleaning services are compliant and meeting minimum employment standards.
“The government is the biggest purchaser of goods and services in NZ and we want to
influence when government purchasers occur. If we’re going to purchase cleaning services
we want to make sure that those cleaners have the minimum employment standards in
place. Through that we hope to influence the wider industry. [Cleaning companies] will
realise if they want those lucrative contracts they need to make sure they have their house
“Being caught out and not paying your people can have serious consequences. Not just for your
bank balance but for your brand. When you know that everyone in your supply chain is being
paid correctly you have a positive story to tell as a business,” Lumsden said.
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