Cleaners’ ID cards debate in Denmark

22nd of September 2014
Cleaners’ ID cards debate in Denmark

A highly publicised case about nine Romanians cleaners who were kept in a garage without toilet and running water, is one of the reasons why Danish employers and Danish labour union 3F have made demands for the introduction of a compulsory ID card for all employees in the cleaning industry. ECJ correspondent Petra Sjouwerman reports.

In the

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The future of building services in Italy

19th of September 2014
The future of building services in Italy

Italian reporter Anna Garbagna brings news of a law which should bring greater professionalism to the commercial cleaning sector.

“At last a law for the service sector which firmly contributes towards professionalisation of the cleaning sector and its companies, fighting the underground economy, relaunching employment and promoting

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ECJ Floorcare Focus available online now!

19th of September 2014
ECJ Floorcare Focus available online now!

ECJ's special supplement Floorcare Focus is now available to read online. This stand-alone publication addresses the challenges and issues surrounding modern floor cleaning operations.

Subjects covered include improvement of productivity; the importance of effective floor pads; health and safety; training; carpet care; and mopping.

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Cleaning companies adapt to a changing Russian economy

18th of September 2014
Cleaning companies adapt to a changing Russian economy

ECJ correspondent Oleg Popov of Cristanval Cleaning in Russia explains how economic changes have impacted on the sector.

Just a few years back, the cleaning market was not only experiencing steady growth but a boost in its profitability. In a period of well-being, companies strive to enlarge their business and grab a share of the market. For the

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Ready for the next adventure

18th of September 2014
Ready for the next adventure

Rob den Hertog, project manager for the ISSA/Interclean series of exhibitions, writes his latest exclusive blog for the ECJ website. He looks ahead to the first ISSA/Interclean Istanbul event, which takes place next week.

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Mother of four launches her own brand of cleaning products

17th of September 2014
Mother of four launches her own brand of cleaning products

A mother concerned about the high level of chemicals in cleaning agents has launched her own brand of bleach-free, non-caustic products.

Helen Kirkham from Norwich in the UK is hoping her Mrs Gleam range of products will eventually become a household name.

Kirkham, who has four children and a background working in call centres, launched the

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