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Cleaners in public buildings in Geneva want to return to the public sector

Several years ago, the Geneva office in charge of public buildings in the Canton took the decision to contract out the cleaning work in the buildings to private companies. This has resulted in a huge loss for the workers, and they are campaigning for the cleaning to return to the public sector. PSI affiliate in Switzerland, SSP, has sent a petition with more than 2,500 signatures to the Grand Council of Geneva, asking them to reintegrate the cleaning staff into the public service. They have published a video comparing the working conditions faced by cleaning staff in the public and private sectors.

CUPE blames low patient satisfaction with hospital cleanliness on cuts

Complaints about cleanliness in New Brunswick hospitals are due to staff shortages and “a lack of backfill for absent workers,” says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). “Norma Robinson, president of the New Brunswick Council of Hospital Unions, CUPE Local 1252, contends the problem will only get worse if the provincial government proceeds with plans to privatize the management of cleaning and food services.”

Source: CBC

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