Cleaners’ minimum wage increases

9th of March 2020 Article by Katja Scholz
Cleaners’ minimum wage increases

At the beginning of this year almost 700,000 employees in Germany’s largest trade employer enjoyed a further wage increase. On January 1 the third phase of the increase agreed by the contract cleaners’ association (BIV) and the trade union for construction industry workers BAU came into force for all wage groups in the contract cleaning industry.

“Our entry level wages put us around 15 per cent above the general..

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First impressions count

19th of February 2020 Article by Lynn Webster
First impressions count

Lynn Webster on how important first impressions are, and how cleaning plays a vital role.

There are many training programmes that emphasise the need to make that first impression count. We don’t get a second chance to make a good ‘first impression’ and interestingly according to one university study people make 11 decisions about us in the first seven seconds of contact, so the clock is ticking. Whether this is ..

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Making claims credible

6th of February 2020 Article by Paul Wonnacott
Making claims credible

Paul Wonnacott is managing director of Vectair Systems. In this exclusive ECJ blog he asks whether we can trust what companies say about their own products.

The cleaning industry, like any other industry, relies on products that do what they say they do. This is important, as cleaning isn't just about making things look and smell nice, cleaning is also about making things safe for the public. If soaps and cleaning chemicals didn'..

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Tours and tides in Norway's cleaning sector

13th of January 2020 Article by Lotte Printz
Tours and tides in Norway's cleaning sector

Scandinavian correspondent Lotte Printz brings a report on current affairs in the Norwegian industry.

“Good leaders encourage humour, social activities and having a bit of fun at work.” So, the text reads next to a picture of a laughing monkey on a slide presented by Ann Kristin Reinskau from Ny Vy. She is giving tips on successful management in the cleaning industry an..

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Are you ready for a dragon fight?

2nd of January 2020 Article by Katja Scholz
Are you ready for a dragon fight?

From Germany, ECJ correspondent Katja Scholz reports on an initiative designed to attract young talent to cleaning.

The National Association of Contract Cleaners (BIV) is faced with a highly competitive market in trying to attract young trainees to the profession. “We would specifically like to target young people and give them an understanding of the contract cleaning busine..

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