Germany needs more cleaning workers

13th of March 2012
Germany needs more cleaning workers

Thomas Schulte-Marxloh in Germany explains how the cleaning sector is running short of human resources.

Some German industries, like the contract cleaning business, are running short of human resources Not only the skilled labourer but also the apprentice is most wanted, in particular in some regions of east Germany. Before the European laws and

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Better deal for UK workers?

9th of March 2012
Better deal for UK workers?

This edition sees the start of a new series of articles focusing on the major economies of Europe. The first of these is the UK – with an overview of the economy and its particular challenges and a look at how that impacts the professional cleaning sector. Andrew Large at the British Cleaning Council talks exclusively to ECJ.

The cleaning

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Afidamp brings in new president

9th of March 2012
Afidamp brings in new president

Michele Redi has concluded his term as president of Italian cleaning association AfidampFAB, to be succeeded by Matteo Marino. Anna Garbagna reports from Milan.

Continuity and focus on the future: these were the main elements which emerged from the assembly of AfidampFAB associates, which took place in Milan recently.

Michele Redi, the

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UK market must seize opportunities

8th of March 2012
UK market must seize opportunities

ECJ's correspondent in the UK looks ahead to what could be a difficult year for the country's professional cleaning sector.

Almost too late to wish you a Happy New Year and nearly time to think about Christmas 2012.

This is a year of opportunity, or so the prime minister tells us. We have so much to look forward to and wrestle with - the euro

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Danish research project highlights wellbeing

8th of March 2012
Danish research project highlights wellbeing

Reporting from Denmark, Petra Sjouwerman examines the results of a research project amongst cleaners.

Cleaning toilets, mopping floors and washing windows is physically hard work. Compared to other working groups, cleaners have a higher risk for burn-out on the job and for leaving the labour market earlier. Research in Denmark, however, has now

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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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