Maids taken to the cleaners by hotel bosses (Audio)


ABC News
Simon Lauder
October 6, 2010

It is well known that hotel room cleaners are among Australia’s lowest paid workers, but today a new report alleges many of them are also being ripped off by their employers.

The hospitality union and a migrant women’s group documented the working conditions of hundreds of cleaners at some of Melbourne’s most opulent hotels.

The report was launched by former Victorian premier Joan Kirner, who says Melbourne’s reputation as an events city is being propped up by the exploitation of migrant women.

Ms Kirner launched the report, Heartbreak Hotels, pointing to the story of one worker who says she is paid $5 to clean a room that costs guests $300 a night. read more..

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