Blowing leaves

15th of September 2011
Blowing leaves

Correspondent Tom Crockford reports from Helsinki in Finland on the problems caused by the use of leaf blowers.

The autumn always used to be considered by many as being the ‘quiet’ season. But that was before leaf blowers came along. The gentle autumn sun still shimmers on brightly coloured leaves, and the season continues to instil a

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Croatia to join EU by 2013

14th of September 2011

EU member states have closed accession negotiations with Croatia, which should allow the country to join the EU on July 1 2013. This ends six years of talks during which Croatia has been asked not only to adopt new laws and regulations to comply with EU standards, but also implement them.

"We are celebrating this historic event with our Croatian

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Historic labour agreement signed in Italy

14th of September 2011

An historically significant agreement has been reached between the Italian employers' federation Confindustria and major trade unions (MF,CGIL,CISL and UIL) on reform of the collective bargaining system.

It has taken two years to reach agreement because CGIL held out against the new rules.

The final deal establishes national procedures to

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Europe's second largest

14th of September 2011
Europe's second largest

The French cleaning sector now ranks second in Europe in terms of turnover - according to latest statistics. Christian Bouzols, ECJ reporter, explains the details.

This news can be considered as good given other gloomy news about the French economy. Despite a greater than forecast slowdown in the creation of new cleaning jobs, the French cleaning

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Agreement signed

13th of September 2011
Agreement signed

Anna Garbagna reports from Italy on a new collective agreement for the cleaning sector that was recently signed.

At the end of May, contract cleaning association FISE Anip, four other sector organisations and the trade unions signed an agreement for the renewal of the National Collective Labour Agreement (CCNL) for cleaning and

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Half-century celebration

13th of September 2011
Half-century celebration

One of the UK cleaning industry's leading organisations celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, explain's ECJ's reporter.

As mentioned in the last edition's column the British Institute of Cleaning Science  (BICSc) is 50 years old this year, which marks the first for a number of our cleaning organisations. In many cases the members of

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