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You have, by now, probably read the article ‘Bullying, low wages and no paid holiday: five British cleaners on their jobs’, that appeared in a recent article of The Guardian and featured cleaners sharing their experiences of working in this industry. If you haven’t, see: www.theguardian.com/society/2015/oct/19/five-cleaners-tell-their-stories
As one might expect, the article paints a dire picture of our industry (it would have been nice to have included some cleaners who don’t feel exploited), but as usual it was the comments left by readers that held the most fascination for me.
One said an employer often pays differently according to the contract, i.e. minimum wage on one and living wage on another, and that the same company will offer career development under one contract but not under another. That concept had never occurred to me but thinking about it now, it makes sense, because some clients will pay enough to enable cleaners to earn the living wage and take holidays, while others won’t… and of course this difference will reflect on the pay and conditions the cleaners enjoy or endure. But how awful for friends or family members who may work for the same company but on different contracts, where one might have great working conditions and the other toils for the bare minimum!
Do most contractors pay like this or do they average out the pay across all contracts, I wonder?
Contractor Saints Cleaning argues that the problem arises from tenders which force contractors to quote rock bottom prices. He says: “I choose not to enter these price war battles, and am thus able to pay staff a fair rate. Companies and local authorities need to realise that the cheapest supplier will generally pay the lowest wages. It's not rocket science...”
Another poster responds, saying: “I get the impression that your 'race to the bottom' largely exists because it's difficult to measure the benefits (especially short-term) of deciding to pay staff comparatively well. Have you noticed any quantifiable difference, or are you running on an 'if it ain't broke' basis?”
Saints Cleaning responds with: “If you consider taking pride in one’s work, staff retention and loyalty as good attitudes to foster in a business, then I'd say it has the desired effect.”
That makes sense, doesn’t it? And I can’t help feeling that it’s not just the contractor that benefits, but the client too…
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The cream of the UK cleaning industry gathered at a glittering ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in London's Park Lane last Friday, to celebrate the achievements of those who'd entered the Kimberly-Clark Professional Golden Service Awards 2015 and hear the winners announced.
The following 23 winners are now officially the Best in the UK Cleaning Industry:
It has long been known that around 80% of dirt in a building will have been tracked in by the building's users and with Winter fast approaching, premises that don't have entrance matting will be at the mercy of tracked in rainwater and possibly slush, snow and de-icing materials which will damage the floor and carpets.
With a new report showing that the entrance matting market is showing healthy growth (it is set to be worth $6,722.3 million by 2020, increasing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 4.8% from 2015 to 2020), more companies are clearly recognising the benefits of installing this 'first line of defence' against dirt and water ingress.
Spyglass Innovations' Garry Stewart has attracted 87 backers and a total of £28,336 in funding, with his Kickstarter campaign in which he aimed to raise £20,000 to bring his LooBlade toilet cleaning brush to market.
And with the campaign not due to end until next Thursday, November 5th at 18:24, who knows how much more interest there will have been in his innovation?
Ideal for use in all heavy-duty applications, the Powerboss Combi 400 is particularly suited to warehouses, multi-storey car parks and other environments that require long run times and exceptional manoeuvrability.
Middle East Cleaning Technology Week (MECTW) is proud to announce the launch of a first-of-its-kind initiative in the region: 'Unsung City Cleaning Heroes' Awards, in recognition of the dedicated services provided by the outdoor cleaning staff in the emirates of Dubai and Sharjah.
Sodexo has become the first services provider to offer a global asset management service in compliance with ISO55001:2014 - having, at the end of a two year project, received the accreditation for its global asset management framework and for the application of the framework at AstraZeneca's Alderley Park and Macclesfield sites.
Sodexo is leading the way in offering comprehensive asset management capabilities globally and to clients in diverse segments ranging from corporate and healthcare, to manufacturing, mining and oil and gas.
Rob Sutherland has joined The Business Performance Group UK as business development director, Jan/San, as part of The Business Performance Group's acquisition of Sans Peur (Spa Fitting and Cleaning). Rob will be reporting to Jade Wilson, sales director.
Gordon Christiansen, non-executive director, is excited about what this acquisition means for The Business Performance Group. "With Rob's assistance we will now add Soluclean, ecgo, SpaceVac, Everstrong and Verdoni to our existing partners in this category, including Kimberly-Clark and Unger," he says. "We've got bold aspirations in the cleaning and broader facilities maintenance categories, and are always looking at new vendors that we can work with."
NewVoiceMedia, a global provider of cloud technology which helps businesses sell more, serve better and grow faster, has helped Vax win Contact Centre of the Year - over 50 seats, at the Midlands Contact Centre Forum Awards.
Run by The UK Contact Centre Forum, the Awards recognise the excellent people, processes and technology that make up the Midlands' contact centre sector, from over 700 contact centres across the region. Announced on Friday at an awards ceremony, the awards recognised winners chosen from hundreds of businesses that entered or were nominated for the titles.
Cigarette butts and chewing gum are being blitzed from streets by South Holland District Council's powerful new cleaning machine - the Glutton - which has been commissioned as part of the council's successful Pride in South Holland campaign, which aims to clean up unloved sites in the district.
The potent machine is highly effective at cleaning up cigarette butts, drinks bottles and chewing gum from pavements. Electrically-driven, it runs silently, using a lengthy vacuuming nozzle to clear hard-to-reach pavement cracks and kerbsides.
Cromwell Polythene has taken the 'on your bike' philosophy to heart... Six Cromwell employees, including managing director James Lee, are all sporting specially designed cycling jerseys and shorts, paid for by the company as part of its keep fit strategy, when they take to the roads.
Between them, Team Cromwell cycle thousands of miles each year, ensuring that the colourful message gains maximum exposure.
It's not the first time that cleaners have inadvertently discarded a valuable museum piece thinking it's rubbish, and seeing a picture of the exhibit in this particular case, they can probably be forgiven for their mistake...
The artwork, by Goldschmied & Chiari, in Museion Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, focused on 1980s' consumerism and hedonism, by socialist politicians and their never-ending parties.
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