Cleaners can’t, but you CAN
  • Petitioned Commonwealth Bank

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Commonwealth Bank

Cleaners can’t, but you CAN

    1. Petition by

      Clean Start

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.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. What a year!

      From our family to yours, we wish you a happy holiday season.

      We thank you for being a part of our fight to ensure liveable wages and good jobs in our communities.

      With your help, we’ve shown that people truly care about the state of their local shopping centre, and the state that cleaners are forced to live in.

      Check out this infographic that shows how much we’ve done this year:

      In spite of all our work, giants like the Commonwealth Bank continue to try and ignore the responsibility it has to our community. So, before your holiday season, we have one last request—post on Commonwealth Bank’s Facebook page ( and let the big bank know that it’s time for them do to the right thing.

      The fight continues, and we’ll continue to take action and stand up until things change. We look forward to continuing our journey with you until we win.

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. It's a big week for CommBank-let's make it bigger for us!

      Today is the CommBank AGM, and tomorrow, its execs will be attending the Property Congress. This elite event features a session entitled “View from the Top,” highlighting the arrogance these billionaires feel about their position in society versus the hard work of those at the bottom—people like cleaners, who ensure that shopping centres are clean and thus profitable.

      It’s clear that these businessmen at the ‘top’ have no regard for the shoulders they stand on. It’s time to demand more from CommBank. It’s time to show CommBank that it’s because of those at the ‘bottom’ that the big bank is able to pay its executives millions.

      Cleaners around the country will be holding their own alt Congress-a Cleaner's Congress, highlighting the reality of the hardworking families at the 'bottom'.

      Show your support by circulating this petition! Let's try and reach 750 today! It's obvious CommBank can do better, and by reaching our goal, we can show CommBank that the entire community cares.

    5. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • 11 months ago

      Respect for all people

      • about 1 year ago

      No one should be taken advantage of

    • matthew dullaghan AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      for a company that makes so much money it would be absoultly nothing to them to change over the a cleaning company that supports there cleaners

    • Robert Rybicki AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Business should be a responsibility and a bank is probably the highest value of public business, so they should think about everybody and make their revenue in a fair way

    • Peter Strempel AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Australia MUST NOT follow the ruinous path of American plutocrat robber baron casino capitalism.


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