The Guardian 14 March, 2007

Cleaners win IWD awards

Three Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers’ Union (LHMU) members have been praised by the ACT Minister for Women, Katy Gallagher, for their outstanding work on behalf of other women workers.

The three Canberra women, Marija Cupac, Lena Sukloska and Christine Wagland were recipients of this year’s ACT International Women's Day Awards.

Marija, Lena and Christine all work as cleaners in Canberra and have actively worked as part of a team to improve the working lives of all national capital cleaners, the majority of whom are cleaners from immigrant backgrounds.

The Minister praised the tireless efforts of cleaners to get community and media support.

The International Women’s Day Awards aim to recognise the outstanding achievements women make in a diversity of roles across the Canberra community, the ACT Minister for Women, Katy Gallagher said.

The Minister said the tireless efforts of Marija, Lena and Christine have helped ensure the continued success of the Clean Start: Fair Deal for Cleaners campaign by winning community support, initiating public protest and bringing their issues to the forefront of the media's attention.

International Women’s Day (IWD) is marked on March 8 every year. The first International Women’s Day march was almost 100 years ago, when socialists marched in support of women’s suffrage and for other women’s rights.

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