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Commonwealth Bank Response to United Voice Regarding Cleaner Protests

16 October 2012

The Commonwealth Bank Group does not employ any of the cleaners involved in this dispute and we are disappointed that United Voice continues to mislead by linking its pay dispute to Commonwealth Bank.

The reality is these cleaners are employed by reputable cleaning companies.

Contrary to United Voice’s claims, Commonwealth Bank does not ‘own’ many of the shopping centres at the centre of this action, Colonial First State Global Asset Management (a division within the broader Commonwealth Bank Group) is the manager of these centres on behalf of investors.

We respect the rights of workers to make reasonable work claims that are fair and commensurate with community standards, however we believe that they should take up their complaints with the companies involved in employing the cleaners as well as Fair Work Australia.