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Over the 15 years Cleanzine has been broadcasting we've run a few pieces that compare cleaners' wages with wages earned in other industries.
0There's a new report in today's issue and although the future's not rosy for cleaners who are saving up to buy their own home, this has more to do with excessive property prices than it has to do with cleaners being the poorest paid workers in the land.
For although they're still on the list of those who are most hard-up, they're not at the bottom!
When I joined this industry in the early nineties and for many years after that, contractors could lose crucial members of their workforce if the local supermarket advertised for evening cashiers and night-time shelf fillers. They were paying a fair bit more an hour than the contractors were and this was enough to encourage the cleaners to move on. Back then the emphasis was put on training (leading to promotion) and making cleaners feel valued, which on the face of it is good but if you're not earning enough to feed the family and pay the bills, then however much training you're getting, doesn't matter, does it? When it comes downs to survival, people do what they have to...
It was with some delight then that I saw in this latest report that cleaners are moving up the league table and although, on average, they're not earning anything like their worth, their pay is gradually increasing.
I know a lot of this has been down to regular small rises thanks to what was the legislated National Minimum Wage and is now the National Living Wage - which currently stipulates that over-25s must earn £7.50 an hour. Some contractors though, made the decision to pay the Living Wage which is based on the real cost of living. This is currently £8.45 an hour for workers aged over 18, rising to £9.75 in London (www.livingwage.org.uk).
Whenever I speak to the contractors who voluntarily pay that higher rate, they tell me that it was the best decision they've made. They have a stable, happy workforce whose members can concentrate on the job in hand instead of worrying about how they can make ends meet. Staff turnover is reduced, standards are higher and contracts are retained.
I feel our industry is helping spearhead the Living Wage... and for that I applaud all those involved.
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This Week's News
Online estate agent HouseSimple.com has looked at the latest Office for National Statistics wages data and average prices for first-time buyers' properties, to compile a table of jobs where it will take so long to save for a deposit for an average UK property, that those concerned (unless they get help from the Bank of Mum & Dad), won't have saved enough until at least 2100. Cleaners aren't the worst off, but the picture is grim...
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification is seeking nominations for the Cy Gantt Award and Keith Williams Award. The Cy Gantt Award recognises special contributions to the industries served by the IICRC, while the Keith Williams Award recognises a significant technical contribution to the science of inspection, cleaning & restoration. The deadline for nominations is 15th August.
More than 700 organisations and individuals have now signed an open letter to UK Prime Minister Theresa May which challenges arbitrary deregulation of health & safety.
In the wake of the Grenfell Tower blaze, global health & safety professionals, leading academics and some MPs have joined leading organisations in signing the letter. Sent to 10 Downing Street, it calls for a shift in politicians' attitudes towards health & safety regulation and fire risk management in the aftermath of this latest tragedy.
The organisation's Drone Effectiveness Study was implemented to get a better understanding of what industry thinks of commercial drone services.
OspreyDeepclean's increasing international orders for multiple units are ready and waiting to be shipped from the production line straight to the company's distributors.
A specialist in commercial kitchen and grease extraction deep cleaning, the company says its expansion programme, which will see resources at its Head Office and cleaning teams expand, marks its anniversary perfectly with a recruitment campaign which is in full swing.
This study aimed to help stop the 'Winter vomiting bug' norovirus from spreading, by understanding and improving food handler behaviours.
The GMB Union, which has members across every sector of the British economy, says yesterday's official workplace death figures hide tens of thousands of related deaths.
Official Health & Safety Executive figures show 137 people died at work in the financial year 2016/17. [see note 1 for breakdown by sector]. GMB says while the number of deaths is down slightly, they are just the tip of the iceberg and every death demands justice and enforcement.
Launched in 2005, these industry awards recognise intelligently made products, tools and systems that feature excellent usability and an outstanding overall design.
Complaints about the cleanliness of platforms and railway tracks at Hubballi Railway Station are likely to dwindle in the coming days, with the introduction of advanced cleaning machines for the work.
On Monday, Pralhad Joshi, MP and Prasad Abbayya, MLA for Hubballi Dharwad East Constituency, welcomed the new cleaning equipment acquired by the Khagaul Loco Labour Cooperative Society, which has won the cleaning contract for Hubballi station.
The Award-winning Grillbot - thought to be the world's first automatic grill-cleaning robot, uses advanced technology to take the grunt work out of cleaning grills. Designed for use on any-style grill, users simply place it on the grill, press a button and the Grillbot does all the cleaning.
Driven by a powerful CPU that controls movement, speed and direction of brushes, the Grillbot is equipped with three high-power electric motors and comes with an LCD alarm and timer that can be set for a light scrub, deep clean or something in between.
"After a few years in the commercial cleaning business I soon learnt that all cleaning companies say that they are 'excellent' at everything they do and they all promise their customers the world. Prospective customers are unsurprisingly distinctly immune and unimpressed by this hyperbole.
The Restroom Association Singapore has given its support to the launch of 'Keep Clean, Singapore!' (KCS) 2017 on 30th April, with its President Ms Tan Puay Hoon representing the Non-Government Organisation sector, to signify the start of a series of community litter-picking activities.
Worth in the region of £70,000, it will see the company deliver a range of window cleaning services at 135 buildings across the UK.
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