A look at the year ahead for the UK cleaning industry

20th of March 2015
A look at the year ahead for the UK cleaning industry

ECJ’s UK reporter looks ahead to important events this year, including the new London cleaning show.

This is the season for forecasting and fortunately few bother to review the results at year end, as most are wide of the mark. This being so we will not be stating any stone cold certainties but looking at some areas which might affect our

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2015 - a year of crisis for Russia?

20th of March 2015
2015 - a year of crisis for Russia?

This year is promising to be a very difficult year for Russia, a year of crisis says correspondent Oleg Popov of cleaning company Cristanval.

In 2014 the Russian economy faced heavy challenges and partially succumbed to the combined impact of sanctions and oil price drop. Starting in February 2014 through to February 2015 the euro exchange rate

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Training, ethics and morals in Italian cleaning industry

19th of March 2015
Training, ethics and morals in Italian cleaning industry

In Italy, the first Facility Management Masterclass - organised by two industry associations - took place recently. ECJ correspondent Anna Garbagna reports.

The first Facility Management Masterclass promoted by ANIP (the National Association of Cleaning and Integrated Services Companies of Confindustria) and Afidamp Servizi was held recently

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Boost to bureaucracy

19th of March 2015
Boost to bureaucracy

According to German reporter Thomas Schulte-Marxloh, the German government is accusing the contract cleaning sector of breaching rules concerning the minimum wage.

The contract cleaning business in Germany seems to have a bad reputation – at least in the eyes of some politicians, like the minister of labour and social affairs.

In order to

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Marseilles under household waste due to dustmen strike

19th of March 2015
Marseilles under household waste due to dustmen strike

Almost every year the council workers, including dustmen, in Marseilles go on strike, leaving piles of household and business waste to pile up in the streets. French correspondent Christian Bouzols reports for ECJ.

Piles of household and business waste rose up in the streets of Marseilles, blocked entrances to shops and gave off awful smells

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Danes and cleaning - a poor match?

23rd of January 2015
Danes and cleaning - a poor match?

The cleaning sector could be the answer to long-term unemployed leaving the Danish benefit system. But ethnic Danes are reluctant to take on cleaning jobs. Our correspondent Lotte Printz reports.

Every so often the Danish welfare system and what it does to the unemployed’s willingness to work and for example take on low-income jobs, such as

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