Just Cleaners staffer demands payment
A second staff member at a cleaning firm accused of failure to pay its employees has come forward.
The woman, who asked not to be named, warned that she would take industrial action if Just Cleaners did not stump up the money she is owed.
The woman said: “I am putting down tools as of the end of this month. I’m putting down my foot.”
The employee explained that she had not been paid by the company for two months.
She said that complaints to a manager had failed to fix the problem.
The cleaner added: “He doesn’t act like a manager.”
The woman said that she had been told by her manager to contact the office when she had raised concerns over pay.
She added that calls to the business’s accountant were met with promises of payment the “next week”, but that the wage had never been transferred.
The cleaner said that she had never been provided with an explanation for the pay problems.
The worman said that much of Just Cleaners’ workforce were overseas workers, including employees from Ecuador, the Philippines and Portugal, and they are reluctant to speak up about the company’s late pay problem.
She said she knew of employees who had not been paid for seven months.
The cleaner said she had taken the matter into her own hands.
She added: “I’m the type of person — I hate being pushed around and being tossed aside. I do my own investigation.”
The woman said she had asked a corporate client of Just Cleaners if the company had paid the cleaning firm for the work she and colleagues had carried out.
She said that she discovered that Just Cleaners was paid by the client on the same day each month.
The woman added: “If I don’t get paid, I still go in. But this has been two months.”
She said that she needed a regular paycheque to help take care of her family.
The woman was speaking after another worker complained that several staff members had not received their wages for months.
The worker, who also asked to remain anonymous, said the problem deserved attention “because this is the habitual behaviour of this company”.
Just Cleaners’ clients include the Bermuda Police Service, Butterfield Bank and power firm Belco.
Management at Just Cleaners, based on Midsea Lane, Pembroke, have failed to respond to several requests for comment.
Lovitta Foggo, the Minister of Labour, Community Affairs and Sport, said last week the ministry was aware of “a current dispute concerning a local cleaning company”.
She advised Just Cleaners staff to take their complaints to the Government’s labour relations section.
Ms Foggo said: “The labour relations section has the ability to investigate and mediate such complaints brought to its attention, as well as refer unresolved disputes to an arbitration or tribunal panel for adjudication.”
She added that all complaints and inquiries dealt with by the labour relations section were confidential.
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