Joanne has been a cleaner at the same shopping centre owned by Commbank for 10 years. Over that decade, she has received a total raise of just $3. With three kids, she's basically on the poverty line.
Whilst her pay has barely budged, her workload has dramatically increased.
Joanne needs just a small raise and better working conditions. It's not too much to ask.
But the bank has one word for her. Can't.
Joanne isn’t alone. In fact, Commbank owns 30 shopping centres in Australia, including Chadstone, Chatswood Chase and the Grand Plaza.
In each of those centres, the bank squeezes people like Joanne so tight that most have to do overtime just to get the centre cleaned on time.
They often have to work well past their retirement age because they can't save on $17 an hour. Others with a family have to decide whether to feed their kids or pay for the electricity that week.
A few extra dollars an hour would make a huge difference to Joanne and thousands of cleaners like her around Australia. CommBank CAN afford it.
It’s time for things to change. Commonwealth can be better corporate players. They can take their share of responsibility for paying a living wage in businesses they own. They can change our community for the better—but they can’t keep ignoring their cleaners.
It’s time that the invisible Australians who keep our economy running — like cleaners — can finally have their say and fair pay.
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