Improvement in UK cleaning standards?

27th of June 2014
Improvement in UK cleaning standards?

ECJ’S UK correspondent reports on the cleanliness situation in the National Health Service (NHS).

A shadow hung over the usual jollifications at ISSA/Interclean in Amsterdam following the totally unexpected death of Peter Holt, and although there was news of orders and success, it had a hollow ring this time.

We have had five weeks in a

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A new Dutch collective agreement

27th of June 2014
A new Dutch collective agreement

Nico Lemmens of ISS Facility Services in the Netherlands reports on negotiations for a new collective agreement.

Since last autumn the Dutch cleaning association OSB and the trades unions have been negotiating to reach agreement on a new collective labour agreement. The last one was agreed upon in April 2012, after a long period of dispute

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Cashflow challenges for German businesses

26th of June 2014
Cashflow challenges for German businesses

German reporter Thomas Schulte-Marxloh on the problems caused to small and medium sized businesses by late payment of invoices.

In Germany an invoice has to be paid within 30 days and, luckily, the vast majority of customers are paying on time. Some customers, however, seem to lack either payment behaviour or money. Public authorities seem to be

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Regulation of ‘outstaffing’ in Russia

26th of June 2014
Regulation of ‘outstaffing’ in Russia

Oleg Popov of Cristanval Cleaning talks about outstaffing and its central role in the Russian cleaning sector.

Cleaning companies often provide an ancillary workforce for customers. This manpower is not all directly engaged in cleaning services: it could be loaders, compactor operators, unskilled labourers, merchandisers, etc. Outsourcing staff -

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Difficult conditions for business

6th of May 2014
Difficult conditions for business

For Russian cleaning businesses life is becoming more challenging, says Oleg Popov of Cristanval.

Despite the growth and development of the cleaning industry, it is extremely difficult to discuss last year’s results, as not one marketing company did market analysis during 2013. Why is this? They all cite the low volume of the market and the

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Difficult times in school services

5th of May 2014
Difficult times in school services

Government cuts are bringing uncertainty about the cleaning of schools in Italy, reports Anna Garbagna.

There is uncertainty about cleaning services for 4,000 school buildings across Italy - a reduction in personnel of around 11,000 operatives and a tax of about 15 million euros will weigh on companies following the government’s decision.

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