The ‘health’ in health & safety

25th of September 2015
The ‘health’ in health & safety

ECJ has a new correspondent in the UK, Lynn Webster. In her first column she focuses on the issue of health and well-being in the workplace.

Open any newspaper or glossy magazine, check what’s trending on social media, or tune into a selection of television channels and what do you find? Medically proven routes to healthy living, fad diets,

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Dutch government policy affects cleaning sector

23rd of September 2015
Dutch government policy affects cleaning sector

The Dutch government has decided to insource a number of facilities services, reports Nico Lemmens.

The Dutch government has decided to insource a number of facility services, among which catering and cleaning. This remarkable policy has been proposed by the socialist government party. As explained in earlier editions, this policy is aimed at

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Russian cleaners in higher education

22nd of May 2015
Russian cleaners in higher education

A degree programme has been launched for cleaners by a Russian university, reports Oleg Popov.

The Russian cleaning industry is relatively young. During recent years specialists from different fields have entered the cleaning market and gradually gained all the basics of the cleaning trade while practising. It took time for different courses and

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New Danish app prevents stress

21st of May 2015
New Danish app prevents stress

Our correspondent in Scandinavia, Petra Sjouwerman, reports on a new Danish app, developed to monitor employee wellbeing and prevent stress. One of the country’s largest cleaning companies is now using it.

Did you wake up feeling fresh and rested? Have you felt cheerful and in good spirits? These are two of the five questions the new

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Closing the gender pay gap in French cleaning sector

20th of May 2015
Closing the gender pay gap in French cleaning sector

Men still earn more than women in the French cleaning sector, reports ECJ correspondent Christian Bouzols. A new agreement has been signed to address the issue.

At the end of 2014, the French cleaning federation signed an agreement with the trade unions to increase the minimum wages in the sector during 2015. This agreement contains clauses to

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Current state of the Dutch cleaning industry

18th of May 2015
Current state of the Dutch cleaning industry

The latest contribution from Dutch correspondent Nico Lemmens offers a brief overview of the current state of affairs in the cleaning sector.

During the last few years we have seen the introduction of the Code for Responsible Market Conduct as well as the Cleaning Quality Mark. The latter was introduced by OSB, the Dutch association of cleaning

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