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Parliament cleaners and caterers are expected to receive the
living wage by the end of 2019.
Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard announced wages for
Parliament’s cleaning and catering staff will rise from around
$16 an hour to the living wage rate of $20.20 an hour.
The changes will take effect for caterers from 1 July 2019,
while it is understood cleaners will begin to receive the living
wage by the end of 2019.
According to Radio NZ, Mallard said the cleaning and
catering contracts at Parliament came up for renegotiation
shortly after the new government was elected, and that
allowed the living wage to be introduced.
“We feel Parliament should be a leader in this area. The
gap between those well paid and those not well paid is
getting bigger and bigger. That’s not fair,” he said.
The Living Wage Movement campaigned for
the introduction of the living wage at Parliament
in August, one month after Wellington City
Council introduced the living for its workers,
New role for
OCS NZ boss
OCS NZ boss Gareth Marriott has
been appointed to the newly created
role of managing director for New
Zealand and Australia.
The company said the move
will bring greater integration to
[its] Australian and New Zealand
Commenting on the announcement,
OCS Group CEO Peter Slator said
the appointment will allow OCS to
develop its Pacific operations.
“Gareth has a wealth of experience,
strong relationships, and a good
knowledge of OCS across Australia
and New Zealand, having worked in
both territories since he joined us in
2012,” Slator said.
Marriott will be spending the coming
months meeting with customers, employees and suppliers. He will split his
time between Sydney, Perth and New Zealand. Marriott said he is looking
forward to getting reacquainted with the Australian business.
tops NZQA review
Careerforce has received the highest possible ratings in its latest NZQA
External Evaluation and Review (EER).
All non-university tertiary education organisations (TEOs) are subject to
periodic EERs, the purpose of which is to provide an independent judgement
of their educational performance and capability in self-assessment.
Careerforce received overall ratings of ‘Highly Confident’ in both its educational
performance, and its capability in self-assessment, having rated as ‘Confident’ in
its previous review in 2013.
The 2017 review included a specific focus on the Certificate in Cleaning (Level
2), and resulting in an overall rating improvement of ‘good’ to ‘excellent’, with the
final report noting that the “relevance of the certificate is confirmed by the growth
in cleaning trainee numbers – from 129 in 2013 to 914 trainees in 2016.”
Ray Lind Careerforce CEO said: “This report is the result of a huge team
effort by staff, with the guidance of a superb board, but also the active support
and contribution of our 1100 employer partners, and our 17,000 trainees
currently enrolled with us”.
Careerforce has experienced significant growth since the last review, with an
associated increase in Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) funding of 30
per cent, but has also achieved an increased cash contribution from employers,
from 27 per cent in 2015 to 37 per cent in 2016.
It expects to experience continued solid growth in trainee volumes, as a result
of increasing sector recognition of the value of a more qualified workforce, but
also reflecting the huge demand for service workers, with a recent BERL report
highlighting a shortfall of 200,000 service workers by 2020. As a result of the
Highly Confident rating, Careerforce will not require a further EER for four
years, the maximum possible under the current legislation.
8 INCLEANNZ February 2018
OfficeMax New Zealand has acquired Waiwhetu
Distributors Ltd, with the sale effective from 1 February.
Established in 1964, Wellington-based Waiwhetu
Distributors has been owned by Savage Group Ltd for the
past 10 years and operates branches in Auckland, Hamilton,
Tauranga, Hastings, Masterton and Christchurch.
OfficeMax is a major supplier of cleaning and hygiene
products, as well as furniture, safety goods, packaging and café
supplies across NZ.
OfficeMax New Zealand managing director, Kevin Obern,
said the company’s inclusion into the OfficeMax fold “made
perfect business sense and would offer a real benefit to
“OfficeMax acquiring Waiwhetu Distributors Ltd is a
natural fit, because cleaning and hygiene products are already
a substantial part of our rapidly evolving business, in a market
that we have been focussed on growing.
“They have a significant number of customers in the
corporate, education and hospitality markets, and a long history
in providing great service to customers. We are excited to be able
to purchase an established and well-known player,” Obern said.
“It’s business as usual for both companies, and we’re looking
forward to providing great continued service nationally.”
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