Sweeping out cleaning staff

CLEANERS at Coffs Harbour’s huge Novotel Pacific Bay Resort fear they may lose their jobs following a restructure at the resort.

Following an initial meeting on Monday, all cleaning staff have been asked to attend a meeting at 1pm tomorrow to learn the result of discussions about the future of their services at Pacific Bay.

Several concerned members of the cleaning staff contacted The Advocate yesterday to tell their story.

Elaine Poultney, who has had a part-time cleaning job at the resort for two years, said for many of the workers it was their only job.

“I’m lucky I have another job I can fall back on,” Ms Poultney said.

“Some girls have to feed families and have mortgages and cars they are paying off.”

It is understood the resort has been looking at restructuring its cleaning services for about 12 months, with senior housekeeping staff brought into the talks a fortnight ago.

The resort employs more than 30 cleaners, most of them casual workers coming in for rostered shifts.

The majority of the cleaners are women and workers ranging from long-time employees to staff hired in recent months.

Resort manager Dene Zahner said yesterday as part of a continual review process they looked at all resort operations and were still in the consultation period of a possible restructure at Pacific Bay.

He said they were still working through the process; no decision had been made and staff would be informed of the result tomorrow.

With restructuring along contract lines, it is usual practice for workers to be able to re-apply for jobs through the successful contractor.



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