German cleaning sector reaches new labour agreement

23rd of December 2015
German cleaning sector reaches new labour agreement

German correspondent Thomas Schulte-Marxloh reports on a new labour agreement in cleaning.

In the context of a new labour agreement for about 600,000 employees in the contract cleaning industry, employers reinforced their commitment to minimum wages. “We introduced minimum wages at a time when politicians were still discussing it. Now we

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Hand washing - why so vital?

23rd of December 2015
Hand washing - why so vital?

Much work has been done in the promotion of good hand hygiene practice, and that work continues to be necessary. But why exactly is hand hygiene so vital? What are the bacteria to be found on the hands, are they all potentially dangerous, how long do they remain active and how are they passed on? And how do we select the right products to combat

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When technology 'push' becomes technology 'pull'

22nd of December 2015
When technology 'push' becomes technology 'pull'

Many new and smart technologies are entering the cleaning market. But is it because of the demand from the end-user/customer or is it because of the manufacturers need to differentiate from their competitors? Rob den Hertog, project manager for the ISSA/Interclean series of exhibitions, writes his latest blog for ECJ.

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Giulio Guizzi publishes book on the history of cleaning

22nd of December 2015
Giulio Guizzi publishes book on the history of cleaning

Giulio Guizzi, co-founder of Italian window cleaning products company Pulex, has published a new book - his fourth covering the cleaning sector. This one is entitled Pulizia Igienica E Sanificazione - La Sporca Storia del Pulito, or Hygienic Cleaning and Sanitation - The Dirty History of Cleaning in English.

The book is currently available only

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Immigration - benefit or burden?

21st of December 2015
Immigration - benefit or burden?

Not so long ago, immigration was welcomed as a godsend to Europe’s burgeoning economies. Since the recession times have changed and jobs are in short supply, yet we are now being asked to soak up a mass migration of people on an scale not seen since the Second World War. Benefit or burden? Hartley Milner considers the likely economic impact

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Giving cleaning staff the WOW factor

21st of December 2015
Giving cleaning staff the WOW factor

UK cleaning company Julius Rutherfoord has joined forces with The WOW! Awards to launch a new recognition programme for its employees.

Many businesses throughout the country now use the WOW! Awards scheme to show that their employees are valued and to help build a culture of service excellence. The awards are designed to improve staff engagement

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