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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Coping with the crisis

26th of November 2012
Coping with the crisis

French correspondent Christian Bouzols speaks to a number of cleaning companies about how they are coping with the economic difficulties.

Aries Nettoyage Environnement, a cleaning company in Dijon, focuses on small customers. Founded in 1990, this company has a staff of 53 (26 full-time equivalents). "We're working mainly for offices, some

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Future scenarios

26th of November 2012
Future scenarios

As Dutch correspondent Nico Lemmens of ISS reports, cleaning association OSB held a meeting recently to discuss the employment challenges facing the cleaning sector in the next 10 years.

Most experts foresee in 10 years from now a Dutch labour market with dramatic shortages for the cleaning industry. The need to hire people with a so-called

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Intellectual resources

26th of November 2012
Intellectual resources

Italian reporter Anna Garbagna with news of a planning workshop in Milan that took place recently.

AfidampFAB (Association of Italian Manufacturers of Machines, Products and Equipment for Professional Cleaning and Hygiene of environments) has been cooperating with the faculty of industrial design at the Politecnico di Milano in order to allow

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