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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Rights removed from Hungarian social partners

25th of November 2011

With effect from January 1 2012 the Hungarian  government will no longer have to seek agreement from employers and trade unions before setting the national minimum wage.

Then the tripartite interest reconciliation system will be replaced by a new body - the National Economic and Social Council (NGTT). The NGTT will include representatives of

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European diners suspect poor hygiene practices

14th of November 2011
European diners suspect poor hygiene practices

Diners across Europe are not convinced about the hygiene standards of staff in restaurants and fast-food chains, a new survey has revealed.

Many fear chefs regularly fail to wash their hands before handling food, while others suspect staff will still serve up food after it has been dropped on to the floor.

These were among the results of the

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SCA to acquire Georgia-Pacific European tissue operations

10th of November 2011
SCA to acquire Georgia-Pacific European tissue operations

SCA has delivered a binding offer to acquire Georgia-Pacific's European tissue operations in a  deal worth 1.32 billion euros. Georgia-Pacific´s acceptance of this offer is subject to consultations with works councils where appropriate.

Georgia-Pacific’s European tissue operations have EBIT margins that are on a similar level as

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