Lack of stamina?

11th of March 2013
Lack of stamina?

Vocational education in Germany has two components: the company provisions offer a national standard of on-the-job-training, in conjunction with part-time vocational school. Thomas Schulte-Marxloh reports.

Most of the programmes in this dual system take three years and the majority of participants work as skilled workers after completion. But in

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Spotlight on cleaning

11th of March 2013
Spotlight on cleaning

Two initiatives related to cleaning took place in France recently. A photo exhibition of cleaning workers, and a meeting between cleaning students and company bosses. Christian Bouzols reports.

Workers not usually seen and who operate in the shadows were put under the spotlight by the Marseilles photographer Philippe du Crest. Cleaners posed for

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Buying the whole package

27th of November 2012
Buying the whole package

In the latest of our special country focus reports, ECJ takes a look at the cleaning sector of Finland, with the help of Hanna Luukkonen, labour market director of the Property Maintenance Association.

Cleaning contractors in Finland are estimated to have achieved a total turnover of 1.7 mrd euros in 2010, according to latest estimates. Market

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Industry meeting point

27th of November 2012
Industry meeting point

ECJ's US reporter Ron Segura looks back at the various cleaning industry events taking place in Chicago last month.

Chicago was the hotspot for all parts of the cleaning industry last month. The focal point was the annual ISSA/INTERCLEAN, which was also attended by members of Building Service Contractors International (BSCAI), Association of

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A sense of fairness

27th of November 2012
A sense of fairness

Latest news in the UK cleaning sector, from ECJ's correspondent there.

Agitation everywhere about money. There is no doubt that low-paid workers are taking a large slice of the cuts and their meagre income is being affected as is everyone else's.

But they are working and being paid, not enough in these difficult times, but paid nevertheless.

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Escalating façade costs

27th of November 2012
Escalating façade costs

German correspondent Thomas Schulte-Marxloh reports from Hamburg on the spiralling costs of a façade cleaning contract.

For about two years Hamburg has been waiting for the completion of its Elbphilharmonic, the city’s new prestige project in the harbour area. Unfortunately, the unfinished gem of the city has not become a positive

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