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By Lillian Small*
Kia ora. As I write this we are busy wrapping up our
regional annual general meetings (AGMs) across the
country and our national AGM following the national
council meeting which was held in Auckland on 31
March where our new national president and vice
president were elected.
Our first Building Service Contractors New Zealand
(BSCNZ) Council meeting of the year is always exciting
as we welcome in the new or re-elected regional presidents and we also
welcome our two new corporate members to the table. At this meeting we
will be finalising decisions on upcoming plans for BSCNZ. We have some
exciting irons in the fire and I very much look forward to sharing those
with you in the upcoming first New Zealand specific issue of INCLEAN.
There are some really exciting things happening in the industry in New
Zealand. Our members are taking some very effective and innovative
approaches and many of our small to medium company members are
seeing significant growth.
I thought I’d start this column with a Kiwi greeting to mark the
upcoming advent of INCLEAN New Zealand. This is a great opportunity
to profile these achievements and innovations I have mentioned.
I’ve written before about how BSCNZ would like to work more closely with
other connected industries that design, fit out, operate, maintain and upgrade
buildings. That could include facilities managers, architects and building
outfitters. By providing industry input at an early stage of a development we
could help ensure buildings are designed for ease of cleaning ensuring the best
possible hygienic conditions for occupants and owners.
My hope is that an INCLEAN magazine dedicated to New Zealand
will help raise the profile of our industry and that, in turn, will help
us to connect and work in these areas. I encourage all our members
to support this great initiative from INCLEAN and also the Facilities
Integrate expo, to be held in Auckland in October, which will provide a
unique opportunity for the cleaning industry and all such businesses to
meet and network.
A current priority for us is making sure that members are fully up to
speed with the requirements of amendments to the Employment Relations
Act 2000, which came into effect in March, as well as the upcoming
changes to the new health and safety amendments.
The key changes include:
• Extending the right to request flexible working arrangements to all
• How employers and employees should agree on rest and meal breaks
• Establishing a process for the transfer of employees in some industries if
there is a restructure in the business or a change in business owner;
• Clarifying the confidential information that employers are obliged to give
to affected employees in dismissal or redundancy situations
• Changes to collective bargaining: reaching new collective agreements,
opting out of multi-employer bargaining, removing the 30-day rule for
new, non-union employees and allowing pay deductions of employees
who take part in partial strikes
• Setting time frames for the Employment Relations Authority to make
determinations in an employment dispute
If you have any questions on these, or other industry-related issues, please
give BSCNZ a call.
* Lillian Small is chief executive officer BSCNZ, www.bsc.org.nz
BSCNZ looks to
INCLEAN New Zealand
to raise profile of industry
Our ‘contract cleaning’ industry is certainly making significant
headway into the ‘facility services’ space. Those companies
involved in cleaning services and products would have comprised
at least 20 percent of Total Facilities 2015’s exhibitors.
Positioned as ‘Australia’s meeting place for the built
environment’, Total Facilities was held 25 and 26 March at the
Sydney Exhibition Centre. Among exhibitors enhancing the
‘cleaning and hygiene’ profile was INCLEAN.
There was a significant number of what would have been a
decade or more ago simply contract cleaners but are now multi-
service providers offering a disparate portfolio of services. And
not all are ‘soft’ services...
Major building service contractors (BSCs) exhibiting included
ISS Facility Services and Menzies Facility Services. They were
complemented by ever expanding and aggressive BSCs including
CMC Property Services, Securecorp, AMC Commercial
Cleaning, Academy Services, Hi Class Commercial Services, and
Integrated Facility Solutions.
Product and system suppliers showing off their wares
included 3M, Abco, Dyson, eziTracker, Pacvac, Peerless Jal,
Rubbermaid, Solaris (Livi), Sweepers Australia, Tennant, and
XO2. Leading distributor buying group RapidClean invested in
a large stand that displayed a comprehensive line-up of cleaning
and hygiene products.
strong presence at
Total Facilities 2015
AMC Commercial Cleaning executives, from left,
Danny Singh, Kristie Coade and Jason Edwards
Carpet cleaning and restoration technicians should make
sure they have marked down AUSCLEAN Pulire 2015 in their
diaries. Australia’s only dedicated cleaning and hygiene
event, AUSCLEAN Pulire 2015 will deliver significant
educational streams for carpet cleaners and restorers.
When: 20 – 21 October 2015
Where: Jupiters Hotel and
Casino, Gold Coast, QLD
Plenty of restoration
education at AUSCLEAN
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