Successful cleaning services meet in Italy

28th of November 2011
Successful cleaning services meet in Italy

Italian correspondent Anna Garbagna reports from a cleaning services meeting in Rome recently.

Last month FISE’s (the contract cleaning association) office in Rome hosted the seminar  'Cleaning and integrated services – the sector’s prospects in light of the new work contract CCNL and the new public contracts

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Dutch responsible conduct code encourages cleaning best practice

25th of November 2011
Dutch responsible conduct code encourages cleaning best practice

Earlier this year, the Dutch contract cleaning association OSB introduced a Code of Responsible Market Conduct for the cleaning and window cleaning sectors. This came about as a result of strike action by the country's cleaning staff early in 2010 and was drawn up by various industry organisations.

The Code of Responsible Market Conduct for the

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Trained to clean in the Netherlands

25th of November 2011
Trained to clean in the Netherlands

Recently started secondary schools in cleaning are slowly becoming successful, explains Dutch reporter Anton Duisterwinkel.

Children often have a clear idea of what they want to do for a living: fire fighter, school teacher or vet, for instance. For teenagers, life is much less clear-cut and they often have a hard time selecting one of the many

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Final thoughts from Tom Crockford

25th of November 2011

ECJ's Scandinavian reporter Tom Crockford writes his final column.

This is my final column as this magazine’s Scandinavian Correspondent. After over 12 years of commenting on the professional cleaning scene in this part of Europe, I have decided to retire. I do hope a replacement can be found soon.

Scandinavia has long been a pioneer of

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Hard times for French cleaning industry

25th of November 2011
Hard times for French cleaning industry

ECJ reporter in France, Christian Bouzols, looks at how the economic crisis is affecting the sector.

The 19,000 cleaning company chiefs in France are struggling not to shed too many jobs. During the past seven years, they have created 100,000 new jobs, none of them can't be outsourced abroad and nearly 80 per cent of them under open-ended

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Time to read?

25th of November 2011
Time to read?

German correspondent Thomas Schulte-Marxloh explores the links between the cleaning sector, the media and literature.

At the beginning of November Germany celebrated the ‘Tag der Putzfrau’ or, even more ambitiously, the ‘Internationaler Tag der Putzfrau’ (international cleaning woman day) or

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