‘Greedy contractor cut corners’, leaving workers at 'risk'
Brisbane airport's cleaning company SECUREclean has been accused of risking their workers' safety after directing employees to change and clean nappy and sanitary bins, and failing to provide employee records during inspection.
The United Workers Union has claimed SECUREclean cancelled the essential service by an external company who were responsible for changing the bins, in a move the union has labelled as profiteering.
The company has now also been accused of refusing to release all employee records during an inspection.
Workers were allegedly not paid extra or provided PPE to do the additional duties.
United Workers Union spokesman Damien Davie said the disregard for workers' safety is unacceptable when workers are fronting up to work in a high-risk environment.
"SECUREclean, who are responsible for cleaning Brisbane Airport, is another example of a greedy contractor cutting corners," he said.
"But Queensland workers are ready to call out any employer doing the wrong thing during this health pandemic. Workers have stood up for their health and safety rights and won.
"SECUREclean should be ashamed it has taken an inspection in order for them to do the right thing."
UWU said SECUREclean had also directed cleaners to put the contents into black garbage bags so the public could not see them dispose of it into the general waste.
A SECUREcorp spokesman said their cleaning teams had shown "immense dedication, resilience and commitment while adapting to COVID safe practices".
"Records and information deemed relevant to the matter have been supplied to the United Workers Union as requested and no concerns have been raised with us," he said.
"All duties performed by our cleaning team have been, and will continue to be, within the scope of the position for which they are employed.
"We can confirm that no essential services have been cancelled."
Originally published as 'Greedy contractor cut corners': Claims airport workers at risk