UK market must seize opportunities

8th of March 2012
UK market must seize opportunities

ECJ's correspondent in the UK looks ahead to what could be a difficult year for the country's professional cleaning sector.

Almost too late to wish you a Happy New Year and nearly time to think about Christmas 2012.

This is a year of opportunity, or so the prime minister tells us. We have so much to look forward to and wrestle with - the euro

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Danish research project highlights wellbeing

8th of March 2012
Danish research project highlights wellbeing

Reporting from Denmark, Petra Sjouwerman examines the results of a research project amongst cleaners.

Cleaning toilets, mopping floors and washing windows is physically hard work. Compared to other working groups, cleaners have a higher risk for burn-out on the job and for leaving the labour market earlier. Research in Denmark, however, has now

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Effects of Dutch Responsible Market Conduct code

7th of March 2012
Effects of Dutch Responsible Market Conduct code

ECJ's new Dutch reporter Nico Lemmens updates us on the recently introduced Code of Responsible Market Conduct.

As reported in the September 2011 issue of this journal, market parties in the Dutch cleaning sector agreed on a new Code of Responsible Market Conduct. The aim is to improve both working conditions for cleaning personnel and industrial

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Russian cleaning firms manage fast growth

7th of March 2012
Russian cleaning firms manage fast growth

ECJ Russian reporter, Oleg Popov of cleaning company Cristanval, explains that  the country's market for cleaning services rose by 20 per cent in 2011.

An industry or a company is a chain of well planned and executed operations which have proved efficient. Many Russian companies have learned how to run businesses in Europe and we maintain

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Irish trades union SIPTU campaigns for cleaners

28th of November 2011

European Cleaning Journal editor Michelle Marshall visits the trades union representing contract cleaning workers in Ireland - SIPTU - to find out about how it started  its successful Fair Deal for Cleaners campaign earlier this year.

The cleaning sector in Ireland is remarkably diverse in that it employs people from many countries around

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German ELENA database closes

28th of November 2011

The German Federal Economics Ministry and the Ministry of Labour has announced it is to close the controversial Electronic Wage Verification System (ELENA).

This database is operated by the state pensions agency and requires employers to submit data about pay, work absence, reasons for dismissal and disciplinary action. It was created to

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