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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Russian cleaning industry optimistic for the future

28th of November 2011
Russian cleaning industry optimistic for the future

Oleg Popov from Cristanval cleaning company in Russia is confident about the sector's growth prospects.

Prior to the stalled financial situation of 2009, the cleaning industry in Russia enjoyed strong growth of 30-40 per cent per annum. For the most part, growth was due to services at newly constructed facilities which had been commissioned:

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UK well placed to weather recession

28th of November 2011
UK well placed to weather recession

ECJ's UK correspondent asks how the industry can weather the recession.

Looks like the recession is really here. Reality in the form of lost jobs and falling incomes. The cleaning industry is better placed than most to weather the storm. We are labour intensive on the contract side so maintaining workforce levels should not be a problem provided

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