Living Wage debate

14th of May 2013
Living Wage debate

ECJ’s correspondent in the UK examines the issue of the Living Wage, which has been subject of much discussion lately and directly affects cleaners.

The Living Wage issue has occupied many column inches recently without providing very much in the way of clarity beyond a feeling that cleaning operatives are not rewarded sufficiently well for

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Cleaning on a new level

14th of May 2013
Cleaning on a new level

German reporter Thomas Schulte-Marxloh brings news of latest sustainability initiatives in the sector.

It is hard for ‘sustainability’. It is a nice little word, no doubt, neither a beauty, nor a monster. However it has to compete with terms like ‘economy’, ‘growth’, ‘maintenance free’,

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Sustainable contracts

13th of May 2013
Sustainable contracts

Italian correspondent Anna Garbagna reports from a recent round table in Rome for the cleaning sector.

The round table Environmental Criteria in Cleaning Services – Comparing Experiences took place recently in Rome - organised by cleaning association ANIP at the suggestion of the Ministry of Environment, as part of the programme for

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Need for quality

13th of May 2013
Need for quality

Oleg Popov of Cristanval explains how the vast amount of new commercial space throughout Russia will require quality comprehensive services.

In just the past two years in Russia, more then 4.2 million square metres of commercial property have become available for occupation. This quantity of commercial and office space being introduced may be a

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Cleaning is the weapon

13th of May 2013
Cleaning is the weapon

ECJ’s correspondent in Scandinavia, Petra Sjouwerman, reports from Sweden on why cleaning is the most important weapon against hospital bacteria.

The Högland hospital in Sweden has received the national award for excellent hygiene routines. The prize is awarded annually to an organisation that has worked successfully to prevent

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Emissions initiative

13th of May 2013
Emissions initiative

The French cleaning sector has launched an operation against greenhouse gas emissions - reports Christian Bouzols, ECJ’s correspondent.

CarbonArtik sounds like a tortuous name, but in fact it’s a real innovation. Indeed, it’s the first industrial platform to have been launched to fight greenhouse gas emissions and is a

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