Industry celebrates Thank Your Cleaner day

More than 20 countries take part in New Zealand-founded initiative.

Thank Your Cleaner Day has been celebrated around the world, with more than 20 countries taking part in the New Zealand-founded initiative.

Launched in 2015 by the Building Service Contractors of New Zealand (BSCNZ), Thank Your Cleaner Day, supported by Kärcher, was held on Wednesday 17 October. The day aims to celebrate the role of professional cleaners.

Since its launch, the event has gained global attention, with Canada, US, UK, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Colombia among some of the countries to have participated this year. This year in Australia around 15 companies took part, some with more than 3000 employees.

Sarah McBride, CEO of the BSCNZ, said the goal of the event had been achieved following numerous successful events across NZ and globally.

Air New Zealand, Westfield, Westpac, 2Degrees, Genesis Energy, Auckland Museum and Christchurch Airport were among some of the major organisations involved with this year’s event in New Zealand, hosting various events and activities including brunches and morning teas for cleaning staff.

George Stamas president of the Building Service Contractors Association of Australia (BSCAA) said many local members held celebratory functions.

“These events included special morning and afternoon teas where cleaners were recognised for the important role they play in the everyday running of  schools, hospitals, retail facilities and office buildings. BSCAA is proud of its members for taking the time to recognise their employees on Thank Your Cleaner Day.”

Karcher Australia’s Kellie Smith said Thank Your Cleaner day recognises the hard work cleaners do and lets them know they are valued and appreciated

“Every day, tens of thousands of skilled, hardworking cleaning staff are onsite to ensure business premises are ready to go for the next business day.

“Cleaners work day, night and weekends to keep your working and living environments clean, safe and hygienic, often outside of normal working hours. Thank Your Cleaner Day recognises the hard work cleaners do and lets them know they are valued and appreciated and we are so excited to be a part of this global initiative.”

ARA Property Services Group managing director Elly Krommidas said the Thank Your Cleaner day initiative was a fantastic way to recognise the work of cleaners.

“This year we took the opportunity to celebrate the efforts of our cleaners by holding morning tea sessions in Melbourne and Adelaide for our cleaners along with a gift voucher presentation to a cleaner who excels in their work in each state.”

OCS Australia has more than 1000 staff working across Sydney, Queensland, Victoria and Perth at more than 200 offices, shops, warehouses, airports and more.

OCS managing director Australia and New Zealand, Gareth Marriott, said he was delighted to get behind the initiative once again.

“Every day tens of thousands of skilled, hardworking cleaning staff are onsite to ensure premises, working and living environments are kept clean, safe and hygienic ensuring they are ready to go for the next business day.

“Our clients are grateful for the expertise the team bring to their places of work – they know they can rely on their hard work to add value to their business through contributing to the overall work environment.”

In Queensland, OCS’ cleaners are being celebrated in a variety of ways, including a VIP tour of Carlton & United Breweries, first class meal with Qantas catering, cold drinks and ice creams at Surfers Paradise Beach and barbeques. In Sydney and around the country, the day will be celebrated at barbeques and morning teas, with specialty Thank Your Cleaner Day cupcakes.

Facilities Management Association (FMA) CEO  Nicholas Burt, said cleaners provide a critical facilities service.

“Thank Your Cleaner Day is a chance to show our appreciation for the people who ensure our buildings are safe, clean and hygienic. They provide a critical facility service that ensures facilities management can meet the expectations of those using Australia’s built environment,” Burt said.



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