The real Living Wage and the cleaning industry: from invisible workforce to key workers

7th of October 2021 Article by Sebastian Bachelier
The real Living Wage and the cleaning industry: from invisible workforce to key workers

Sebastian Bachelier, programme manager at Living Wage Foundation and project manager at Recognised Service Providers, tells us cleaning remains one of the lowest-paid sectors in Europe. He encourages all businesses to do the right thing for their workforce and pay the Living Wage.

The Living Wage movement in the UK - this year celebrating its 20th anniversary at over 8,000 Employers strong - was built by cleaners. The first Livin..

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Wellbeing, what’s the cost?

30th of September 2021 Article by Lynn Webster
Wellbeing, what’s the cost?

In the wake of the pandemic, there’s a distinct focus on staff wellbeing - explains Lynn Webster in the UK.

As we begin to come through both the business and personal traumas resulting from the pandemic there is a distinct focus on staff wellbeing; the mental and physical health issues they are experiencing both personally and in the workplace. The significant proportion of o..

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To clean, or to disinfect?

23rd of September 2021 Article by John Griep
To clean, or to disinfect?

John Griep reports from the Netherlands on VSR’s new list of definitions and recommendations.

VSR investigates new and existing cleaning methods and agents. Cleaning and disinfection are two of those existing methods. You may be thinking: there’s no need to explain this among cleaning professionals, is there? After all, these are core tasks for them!

You may be ..

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German cleaning sector speaks to the politicians

9th of September 2021 Article by Katja Scholz
German cleaning sector speaks to the politicians

Katja Scholz reports for ECJ from Germany where the cleaning sector is taking a keen interest in elections.

Germany is about to embark on elections to the Bundestag. By early summer, the contract cleaning association BIV had spelt out the political issues closest to its heart. More than 300 firms took part in an online questionnaire to rate political issues according to imp..

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Trailblazing the cleaning sector

31st of August 2021 Article by Lynn Webster
Trailblazing the cleaning sector

Lynn Webster reports from the UK on initiatives seeking to raise the profile of the cleaning sector.

The opportunities to recognise the cleaning industry and its front-line employees have never been so great. It has been an ideal time to speak with clients about raising the profile of the cleaning teams; to consider reviewing the service levels to effectively be ‘cleaning for health&rsq..

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