"They don't look like much, but those Cleaners know the City inside and out. You would be hard-pressed to find someone else who is not only legitimate, but possesses such intimate knowledge about the workings of the City like they do."The Cleaners are a profession that is prevalent in most of the major cities around Vinesia, as a formalized occupation. The Cleaners are responsible for maintaining not just the cleanliness of the city streets, but ensuring that the utilities that are available in public are functional. Equipped with their tools and the knowledge of the hidden pathways of the city they reside in, Cleaners keep the streets presentable, the lights on, and the cities they work in free of disease and filth.
Xavier Farrier, regarding the Cleaners of Mithambe
Prospective cleaners will need to demonstrate the following academic aptitudes:
- Mechanical theory and application
- Electrical theory and application
- Basic arithmetic
- Loyal (security checks are performed due to the sensitive nature of the infrastructures that are under a Cleaner's care)
The career path of a Cleaner often takes the following progression:
- All Cleaners start out as Apprentices, where they will be assigned as part of a working detail to a senior Cleaner or Foreman, from whom they learn the basics of the job. Apprentice Cleaners will also be undergoing additional training to fill specific roles or trades;
- Once graduated and considered permanent, an Apprentice Cleaner becomes a Cleaner in formal title, and is enabled to work independently, responding to service and emergency calls as the city dictates;
- Proven Cleaners may be assigned to become Foremen, and are responsible for leading working details for specialized jobs, as well as being placed in charge of the training of junior Cleaners and apprentices;
- Successful Foremen may be promoted to Cleaner Supervisors, who are now responsible for overseeing Cleaner and Cleaner work detail deployments in a given quarter or administrative district within the city;
- Supervisors who perform well may end up promoted into Cleaner Managers, who are responsible for the scheduling and deployment of Cleaners across an area or even across the entire city itself.
Payment & Reimbursement
Cleaners are paid handsomely for their work - the average cleaner will take home approximately 1,500 Orbs per week, based on a typical work day lasting approximately six hours. Cleaners who work in specialized details or who are in a supervisory/managerial/administrative position are paid significantly more.
For their role in keeping the city streets clean and functioning, most Cleaners enjoy substantial benefits packages that are often found among government/royal staff. This not only keeps the Cleaner happy, but also ensures that the family of a Cleaner is well accommodated, aiding to reduce the stigma of the career.
Cleaners are responsible for keeping the city streets swept, free of trash, and that public amenities are safe and in good working order.
Cleaners are seen as lowly, yet an essential part of most modern cities and societies. They are seen as common workers, despite the various skills and aptitudes that define good cleaners as the equals in similar, more respected trades. Most citizens that do not actively work with Cleaners do not realize the substantial compensation packages and opportunities available to them.
It is estimated that approximately 5% of all of Vinesia's population is employed as Cleaners in some sort of capacity, up to and including managerial/adminstrative roles.
The average Cleaner will have the following tools at their side:
- Can of sanitizing fluid
- Two sets of barrier wards
- Two traffic wands
- Reflective vest
- Reflective hard hat
The workplace of the Cleaner is the city itself, and wherever it may take them. Most of their common workplaces tend to be crowded city intersections, with the occasional foray into an underground vault to repair an underground utility connection. Cleaners entering areas that may contain noxious fumes will have protective breathing equipment to shield them from such smells. Hearing protection is often a must, particularly when part of a work detail that utilizes heavy machinery. This is common, particularly with demolition Cleaner crews. Cleaners who work in administrative or managerial positions will have their own offices.
Dangers & Hazards
Cleaners deal with a variety of city environments, each which consist of various hazards. Slips, trips, and falls account for the majority of job-related injuries and fatalities. Other hazards include entrapment, suffocation, chemical exposure, electrocution, burns, and trauma inflicted by tools that have failed or are otherwise utilized in an unsafe manner. Cleaners have been injured or killed on the job by sabotaged works or explosive devices left near areas that are frequented by cleaners responding to service calls.