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It takes a lot for a politician to teach me anything and I disregard most of what any of them say because I’m generally aware of the true sentiment behind their words. Something British PM David Cameron said recently though has added a new dimension to why I’m a strong supporter of the London Living Wage and why I applaud (in particular) the contractors who opt to pay their cleaners more than the National Minimum Wage decrees that they should.
I’ve always thought about the cleaners in the past. They do what can be a really unpleasant job that few of us would choose to do and they tend to be ignored by those who happen to be using the area being cleaned – as if the cleaners are not actually there, working hard to make the environment better for us to enjoy. Add to that the fact that many cleaners earn NMW and have little prospect of reaching management level within their companies and – well – it’s not really fair, is it? Why shouldn’t they be paid more for their efforts and why should they have the added indignity of being classed as receiving benefits?
Successive governments have followed a scheme whereby the poorly paid have their income topped up by tax credits (and from what I’ve read, this is not something that’s peculiar to the UK but is used in other countries too) and while I’ve been pleased that as a result they have to struggle less than they might, it was only thanks to Cameron’s words that I experienced the 'Eureka moment.' It’s my money (and yours) which is being used to pay people whose employers don’t - for one reason or another, pay them enough on which to live.
I say 'for one reason or another' because there are no doubt cases whereby employers have created jobs that their cashflow can’t really support but there will be many more where wealthy employers who can well afford to pay their workforce a living wage decide not to. Why should I help pay it on their behalf?
That’s not fair either, is it?
Congratulations then to Brayborne Facilities Services, the latest in a growing band of contractors striving to pay a fair wage for a fair day’s work. I hope it won’t be long before those that don’t pay a living wage are vastly outnumbered by those that do!
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This Week's News
Air Products' chairman, president and CEO Seifi Ghasemi had words of sympathy for the victims of last Thursday's attack at its facility in L'Isle-d'Abeau, France. He also expressed appreciation for the assistance and outpouring of support received from around the world, as the company continues to cooperate with the continuing investigation by French and other authorities.
"I am horrified and saddened by the attack on our facility in France. I believe I speak for all of our Air Products family around the world in expressing our deepest sympathies to the family of the victim of this unspeakable act," said Mr Ghasemi.
New data from Hill-Rom shows its hand-hygiene compliance system, which uses badge-based locating technology to provide automatic, continuous monitoring and recording of every time a staff member uses a hand-hygiene station, dramatically increases hand washing among hospital staff using the system.
Analysis of more than 20 million instances of hand washing shows institutions using Hill-Rom's Hand Hygiene Compliance Solution have achieved an average 226% improvement in compliance, with some institutions showing compliance by caregivers nearly tripled.
The Directors of Robert Scott Group have announced that, with effect from July 1st 2015, the Oldham, Lancashire-based Robert Scott & Sons has acquired the total share capital of UTC - Universal Towel Company.
UTC will continue to operate and supply its range of products to the UK and European markets from its current bases in Horsham and Tonbridge, and proprietor, Tony Filer, will remain as managing director of the company.
With the mercury rising this week, British workers’ health could be put at risk due to a lack of clear, legal guidelines on the maximum temperatures allowed in the workplace, according to office space search engine, Office Genie. As the UK faces a heatwave, it’s been revealed that British employees are not fully protected by law against high temperatures under which they may be forced to work.
Currently, workplace regulations state that employers must act if workplace temperatures dip below 16 degrees C (13 degrees C for workplaces where people carry out intense physical work), but there is no equivalent maximum temperature.
Since previous enforcement experience has indicated that safety data sheets are often non-compliant, the Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement is to prepare and execute a fifth coordinated enforcement project focusing on obligations related to extended safety data sheets, exposure scenarios, risk management measures and operational conditions.
The International Facility Management Association is anticipating another exceptionally productive World Workplace Conference and Expo following a record turnout of 1,295 at the combined 2015 Facility Fusion conferences held in Canada and the US.
The 2015 World Workplace Conference and Expo will be held at the Colorado Convention Centre in Denver, Colorado from 7th - 9th October 2015. Registration is currently open and the early bird registration discount ends after 15th August 2015.
You can improve productivity and achieve brilliant results with the new Vax Commercial VCW-06 carpet washer - the latest addition to the Vax Commercial portfolio and one the company says is its 'best-performing' machine so far.
Designed to make it quicker and easier for you to achieve professional results, the all in one VCW-06 will give you really clean carpets - fast. The rotating brush bar loosens and lifts the visible stains whilst also dealing with the ingrained dirt; powerful extraction sucks up dirty water for a really deep clean and lifts the carpet pile for a professional finish.
The management team of Emprise Services Holdings, a leading support services provider, today announced their acquisition of the Emprise group from its existing shareholders with the support of LDC and RBS.
Emprise is a leading mid-market support services provider specialising in cleaning and security with an excellent track record of delivering high quality solutions. Emprise has a turnover of c£75 million and employs circa 5,000 people to deliver a range of integrated support services to clients on a national basis.
With many organisations finding it increasingly difficult to implement and manage sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility policies, there has been no better time to look at cleaning products and open up to the innovation that can assist in fulfilling their objectives.
Soluclean has the perfect solution; a comprehensive range of pre-dosed, concentrated cleaning chemicals for daily cleaning that are encapsulated in a water soluble film. This Daily Cleaning System has recently been accredited with the EU Eco Label.
Brayborne Facilities Services has demonstrated sector leadership by making a commitment to the Living Wage for its staff and becoming a Recognised Service Provider. In a sector that has often seen poor pay and conditions, Brayborne is actively securing the support of all its clients to meet its objectives in paying a fair wage for a fair day's work.
The Living Wage campaign has been running for nearly 10 years and has lifted over 45,000 people out of poverty.
The Kiam KV80-3 & KV100-3 both feature triple motors; that's three, 1200W bypass motors, giving a massive 3600W of suction power if required as well as the energy-saving options of 1200W or 2400W for less demanding jobs. And being both a wet & dry vacuum machine; each can be used for vacuuming the warehouse or garage, as well as for picking up spillages, or to just suck water and sludge directly.
The commendation, from one of the leading UK nationwide catering and bar equipment distributors, recognises Greyland in the Hygiene section of the awards. This follows last year's award to Greyland as Supplier of the Year recognising the efforts that Greyland takes in supplying all 11 individual member companies that make up the Caterbar group.
Cold Jet has launched an enhanced product portfolio of dry ice blast cleaning machines designed to guarantee the best pellet integrity, maximum cleaning aggression and the most reliable blast stream on the market.
"The rugged Aero Series has always delivered superior performance and versatility with the lowest cost of ownership," says Christian Rogiers, vice president of marketing with Cold Jet. "Now further enhanced to meet the customer's need and budget, Cold Jet has streamlined the Aero Series to three levels of functionality: the Aero, Aero 40FP and Aero 80FP (FP = full range of pressure)."
Mike Bone, managing director of the Loo of the Year Awards, tells us he is delighted that Tork, a leading global brand in workplace hygiene and a valued and loyal Awards Supporter for many years, is the 2015 Headline Sponsor of Loo of the Year Awards.
The competition, now in its 28th year, is also sponsored by Airdri, a world leader in hand dryer development with its products distributed worldwide through its global distributor network, and Clos-o-Mat, Britain's leading supplier for disabled toileting solutions for in and out of the home.
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