Washroom services in German court

23rd of September 2014
Washroom services in German court

Thomas Schulte-Marxloh reports from Germany on court cases brought against two companies responsible for cleaning motorway service station washrooms.

More than 10 years ago Autobahn (motorway) drivers hesitated to use the free toilets of German motorway service areas because of poor hygiene standards there. These days they can enjoy the comfort

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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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Uncertainty and confusion for UK cleaning industry?

19th of September 2014
Uncertainty and confusion for UK cleaning industry?

The cleaning industry in the UK needs a clear voice and true leadership, says ECJ’s reporter.

The cleaning industry press deserves  far more credit than it receives for one simple quality. Despite often producing what is not earth shattering copy, especially if one is not involved in cleaning, it tells the truth.

Unlike the popular

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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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Encouraging environment result in Dutch workplace survey

18th of September 2014
Encouraging environment result in Dutch workplace survey

Dutch correspondent Nico Lemmens of ISS Facility Services reports on a survey into workplace environment quality carried out by VSR.

In the April edition of this journal the Vereniging Schoonmaak Research VSR (Association for Cleaning Research), an independent Dutch platform for all parties directly or indirectly involved in contract cleaning,

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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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