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The long standing Individual Cleaners Association of
Australia and New Zealand (ICAN) Association is set
to merge with the Specialised Cleaning & Restoration
Industry Association (SCRIA).
Colin Nation, current administrator of ICAN,
confirmed to INCLEAN magazine the association’s
closure, stating it had signed a memorandum of
understanding with SCRIA.
Remaining ICAN members, understood to be around 20,
have been offered 12-month memberships to SCRIA from
1 July. A transfer of funds was also negotiated as part of
the merger, with some of the funding expected to be put
towards a carpet cleaning conference in 2018.
Nation said ICAN was born out of the former Australian
Carpet Cleaners Forum.
“In the [Australian Carpet Cleaners Forum’s] heyday,
Patrick Burgess (from The One Room Carpet Cleaning
Company) decided to start a smaller assocation for the
mum-and-dad style carpet cleaning businesses.”
Nation said the association was originally set up to offer
education and networking opportunities to members who
were located across the country.
“ICAN members held some training workshops in a few
locations but because of its very nature, being an internet-
based association it held very few actual face to face
meetings and relied on the forum for meetings. Members
did catch up from time-to-time and meet face-to-face at
industry trade shows and the like and it was always good
to put a face to a name,” Nation said.
“But times have changed, and with the development
of other forms of social media, the participation on the
old forum and hence participation in ICAN meetings fell
away, so it was decided to close ICAN down officially.”
New direction for SCRIA
SCRIA president Gidon Kabaker, told INCLEAN the
association is looking to focus its attention on recruiting
more carpet cleaners and specialised cleaners.
“We think there is huge potential to target the carpet
cleaners and specialised cleaners out there,” Kabaker said.
SCRIA is planning to hold training events this year
that will include carpet cleaning elements, with these to
be available to non-members. South Australia, Western
Australia and Tasmania are also markets SCRIA will look
to expand its presence in this year.
Read Colin Nation’s op-ed on the closure of ICAN on
Cleaning services company Sanikleen Pty Ltd has back-paid an underpaid
worker in regional Victoria almost $3000 and agreed to make a $1000
donation, following intervention by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
The back-payment was made by Sanikleen to one of its employees it supplied
to work as a cleaner at the Don KR Castlemaine processing plant. Fair Work
Ombudsman inspectors investigated the matter after receiving a request for
assistance from the employee last year.
It was determined that the employee had been underpaid a total of $2856
between 2013 and 2015 as result of Sanikleen’s failure to provide him with a
part-time loading, penalty rates for Saturday work and paid meal breaks.
The Ombudsman said Sanikleen, which provides commercial cleaning and
hygiene services to the food processing and preparation market, co-operated
during the investigation and back-paid the employee in full.
Sanikleen enters Enforceable Undertaking
The company has also entered into an Enforceable Undertaking (EU) with
the Fair Work Ombudsman aimed at encouraging behavioural change and
Under the EU, Sanikleen has agreed to make a $1000 donation to the
Cleaning Accountability Framework (CAF).
The company will commission training on workplace relations laws for
managerial staff and commission external audits of its payment practices for
the next three years, report the results to the Fair Work Ombudsman and
rectify any underpayments found.
The company will also display a workplace notice detailing its contraventions
and take steps to comply with workplace laws in future, including registering
with the Fair Work Ombudsman’s My Account portal.
Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said the matter serves as a
reminder to any employer uncertain about their obligations that they
should proactively seek advice and assistance to ensure they are paying
Cleaning company back pays
employee, signs undertaking
merge with SCRIA
Kärcher opens fourth
centre in NZ
Kärcher has opened its
fourth centre in New
Zealand in Christchurch,
making it the first country to
have a national presence of
The purpose built 700sqm
facility in the Caterbury region incorporates the latest Kärcher inspired
280sqm showroom design, along with the South Island’s largest service repair
centre for their industry.
Kärcher Center Hydraquip manager, Juan Ramirez, said: “We feel Kärcher
Center Hydraquip really displays our commitment to the region and sends a
clear message of our partnership dedication with our customers”.
The centre is the fourth Kärcher Center in key regions in New Zealand making
it the first country in the Kärcher world to have full national presentation. Other
Kärcher centres include Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington.
The centre’s official opening will be held in March.
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