Real people better than robots - say Danish residents

25th of October 2013
Real people better than robots - say Danish residents

ECJ correspondent in Scandinavia, Petra Sjouwerman, reports from Denmark, where elderly residents like real cleaners more than robots.

Elderly residents in Denmark prefer real life cleaners. A recent study has shown that a majority of elderly Danes experienced a considerable reduction in their quality of life by having a robot vacuum instead of a

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Dutch companies go from cleaning to FM

24th of October 2013
Dutch companies go from cleaning to FM

As Dutch correspondent Nico Lemmens of ISS Facility Services reports, more and more cleaning companies are broadening their scope of services.

As reported in ECJ’s last edition, more and more Dutch cleaning companies are broadening their service scope, often in collaboration with other facility service businesses like catering and security

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Legionnaires disease - underestimated threat

24th of October 2013
Legionnaires disease - underestimated threat

ECJ German correspondent Thomas-Schulte-Marxloh reports on recent cases of Legionnaires disease.

The term Legionnaires’ disease names a bacterial infection with an organism that was first identified in 1976; but earlier cases were confirmed as far back as 1947. An outbreak of the disease in Philadelphia in 1976, largely among people

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Outsourcing debate in UK service sector

23rd of September 2013
Outsourcing debate in UK service sector

Our UK correspondent explores the controversial issue of outsourcing in the services sector.

Outsourcing, the way in which most of our cleaning services are provided today, has been the recipient of a poor press recently which it ought to regard as a shot across the bows for an industry which some may feel is a little too pleased with itself.

We

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Part-time work reorganisation for French cleaners

23rd of September 2013
Part-time work reorganisation for French cleaners

French reporter Christian Bouzols brings news of an agreement designed to improve part-time working.

The major French unions and the French cleaning federation FEP have come to an agreement, expressed in a joint declaration, to improve provisions concerning part-time working in the cleaning sector. Their agreement is to move forward on existing

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Better regulation of contracting in Italy

20th of September 2013
Better regulation of contracting in Italy

ECJ Italian reporter Anna Garbagna brings latest news from the cleaning sector, including elections in one of the most important trade associations.

In June Pietro Auletta, managing director of the company Dussmann Service, was unanimously elected by Assemblea UNIFerr to be president of the National Union of Railway Cleaning Companies and

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