5 Oct 2011

Parliamentary cleaners lay it on line for MPs

9:30 pm on 5 October 2011

Parliamentary cleaners have told MPs they struggle to pay their bills and provide for their families on their current wages.

On Wednesday afternoon the cleaners who are members of the Service and Food Workers Union hosted a lunch for politicians to show them what life on the minimum wage of $13 an hour is like.

A cleaner, Jaine Ikurere, who has been cleaning the prime minister's office for 19 years, told MPs it's hard providing for her five children.

She says she struggles to afford to put food on the table, or buy her children clothes to wear to school.

Ms Ikurere says the cleaners want the minimum wage to be raised to $15 an hour.