"You have to work like a machine" - a shopping centre cleaner.
Westfield is Australia’s largest chain of shopping centres, as well as one its most profitable.
But even as Westfield profits boom – $1.5 billion, for last year alone – it cuts back on cleaning standards, forcing hard-working cleaners to do more and more work in less and less time.
This has left cleaners at Westfield’s 43 Australian malls struggling to cope with brutal workloads. In fact, many shopping centre cleaners must walk 15 kilometres a day. That’s 84 times the length of the MCG!
Cleaners are suffering stress and breakdowns, both mental and physical, as they attempt to keep up with Westfield’s ever increasing demands, while trying to survive on a poverty wage.
But Westfield doesn’t seem to care about its cleaners. Their cleaners have repeatedly asked to sit down with Westfield just to discuss fair workloads and a living wage. But Westfield just keep on ignoring them.
Westfield doesn’t seem to care about the communities that support its lucrative shopping centres, either. In order to get through their back-breaking workloads, its cleaners are forced to cut corners. The result can be dirty shopping centres, which families who come to Westfield to shop must endure.
The problem has become so bad that one of Westfield’s flagship shopping centres, Fountain Gate in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, has just collected the most votes in a public vote to pick the country’s dirtiest mall.
Fountain Gate also gained the most votes for the most disgusting toilets, while another of its biggest centres – Westfield Doncaster – got the most votes for the filthiest food court.
In fact, no fewer than eight Westfield centres around the country were in the top 10 of the three filth categories in the public, online vote.
It’s time to say enough is enough to Westfield. Westfield makes its profits from the communities it serves, yet it insults them by serving up dirty shopping centres.
It needs to give its hard-working cleaners enough time to keep its centres hygienic, yet it works them to the bone until they are thrown on the scrap heap.
That’s why it’s time to demand Westfield give its cleaners time to do their jobs properly. Sign the petition to demand Westfield respect its cleaners, respect our communities and finally clean up its act!
You can also tell Westfield what you think on their Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/Westfield