Portable leave for Vic cleaners, guards

Cleaners, community service and security workers will have access to portable long service leave in Victoria after laws passed state parliament.

Under the new laws, effective from mid-2019, those workers will be entitled to long service leave or benefits after working for seven years in their industry, irrespective of the number of employers they have worked for over that time.

Union United Voice said cleaners and guards often stay at the one site over many years, but face a revolving door of contractors, prompting the restart of entitlements with every new employer.

“This is a life-changing reform for cleaners and guards, and it means at long last, they can finally get a well-earned break,” United Voice Victorian secretary Jess Walsh said.

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