Workers' livelihoods shouldn't be on the chopping block when there's a change in contract. Yet the University of Tasmania (UTAS) has done exactly that, just to save a few bucks.
In April UTAS awarded its cleaning contract to GJK Facility Services.
Under the new contract, cleaners were forced onto probation, despite many of them having worked there for years.
Now GJK is forcing UTAS cleaners to take all of their paid annual leave over Christmas, and then an additional fortnight of unpaid leave.
Earning around $24,000 part-time, two weeks without pay is a lot for UTAS cleaners.
This is hardly building a "fairer, more prosperous, inclusive state that's expanding opportunities for everyone", which was one of the reasons Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rufus Black, said he wanted to focus on.
Sign the petition calling on the Vice-Chancellor to take action so that the UTAS cleaners can enjoy their Christmas too.