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It’s been an interesting week, hasn’t it, with the world’s media – and much of the global population – focusing on the US presidential elections. And as with the Brexit vote and its aftermath, I think that this one’s going to run and run…
While most commentators felt that it was a case of choosing the lesser of two evils, one thing that surprised me greatly was the comment I heard more than once, that, “America isn’t ready for a female president.”
Am I naïve to think that this is a ridiculous idea, in this day and age, in a progressive country like the US? If you’re one of Cleanzine’s 20,000-plus US readers, I’d love to hear your views!
I’ve always believed that a job should go to the person best suited to it and I abhor the EU’s idea that our boardrooms should have a specific female quota as it’s demeaning to women, who have to deal with the stigma of: “She’s only made it because she’s a woman”, while some who’ve made it on to the Board for all the right reasons, may be left wondering whether they’re there on merit.
What started these musings was learning that today is Equal Pay Day – the point at which Britain’s gender pay gap means that men could go unpaid until the end of the year and still earn the same as a woman working the whole year.
The Equal Pay Act, passed 46 years ago, made it illegal to value a woman’s work less than a man’s for the same role. However, the gender pay gap persists and last year we marked Equal Pay Day on 9th November, meaning we have only progressed by one day. At this rate it will be another 51 years until we have pay equality.
Campaigning group The Fawcett Society, says that overall, the pay gap is a result of differences in caring responsibilities; women clustering in low skilled and low paid work, the qualifications and skills women acquire; and outright discrimination.
I can’t help feel that its comments on ‘low skilled and low paid work’ refer to the cleaning industry amongst others but I’d question the thinking behind it. To my knowledge, the professional cleaning industry is one of those that sets standards in gender pay equality and transparency when it comes to its cleaners.
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This Week's News
Thirteen cases of Candida auris - a serious and sometimes fatal fungal infection that is emerging globally, with cases documented in Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Kuwait, India, Pakistan, Venezuela, Colombia and the UK - have now been identified in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
C. auris is often resistant to antifungal drugs and tends to occur in hospitalised patients.
The memberships of ISSA and the Association of Residential Cleaning Services International (ARCSI) have voted to approve the resolution to merge. As approved by the memberships, the merger becomes effective 1st January, 2017, and ARCSI will be officially known as 'ARCSI, A Division of ISSA'.
"We couldn't be more excited about this merger and the benefits, resources, and power it will bring to our membership," says ARCSI CEO Ernie Hartong (pictured).
A well-organised and properly designed janitorial cart can make the custodian's job easier, safer, and more effective, while improving productivity. For cleaning contractors and facilities managers, improving worker productivity often means work gets done faster and janitorial workers can attend to more cleaning tasks, such as those addressed only if time allows.
According to Dennis Knap with Impact Products, manufacturer of janitorial carts, today's carts come in all shapes, sizes, and colours. When selecting a cart, Dennis suggests the following considerations:
Chemical or flammable liquid containment is a necessity on any trading site, primarily to ensure personnel and equipment safety. Accidents inevitably happen as a result of both controllable and uncontrollable variables so it is important to provide decontamination facilities on site which are easily accessible.
In a bid to tackle New Delhi's rising air pollution levels, the Public Works Department has announced that through a short term tender process, it is to immediately hire between 15 and 20 vacuum cleaning road machines, which it will require until March 2017.
It is also planning to hire vacuum cleaning machines through long-term tenders, so that there is a permanent solution for the dust pollution problem.
New research by Middlesex University London and the University of Liverpool and funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust has shown the clear business case for the Living Wage, with small business that pay the Living Wage experiencing fewer employee disputes, an increase in productivity and staff motivation and a reputational and corporate brand advantage over competitors.
Key findings from the report include:
Now, due to the success of the newly launched London and Manchester events, Greyland is re-taking its rightful place as a 'must-see' exhibitor once again.
A groundbreaking shared services deal between five councils more than 85 miles apart, which could save them around £40m, has been shortlisted in the 'Most Innovative Service Delivery Model' category of the LGC's public sector awards 2017.
Thought to be the first time local authorities have looked beyond their immediate neighbours to share services, those involved are Hart District Council, Mendip DC, South Oxfordshire DC, Vale of White Horse DC and Havant Borough Council. East Hampshire DC is also involved through services already shared with Havant.
TC Facilities Management is celebrating the successful mobilisation and ongoing delivery of cleaning, security, catering, post room and reception services at Arqiva. The contract, now into its sixth month, is being managed by Raphael Sagula, FM manager, TCFM.
The contract has seen over 100 members of staff being deployed by TCFM to provide these services at the 40 sites where Arqiva, a leading communications and mediamservices company at the heart of the broadcast, satellite and mobile communications markets, operates.
The American Cleaning Institute, together with The Sustainability Consortium, is continuing to 'do its bit' for the planet; this time running the 'Cold Water Saves' Campaign on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC this week, from November 9th to 11th. The campaign is educating students on the benefits of laundering their clothing in cold water.
"Cold water laundering is good for your clothes, good for the Earth, and good for your wallet," says Nancy Bock, ACI Senior vice president, Education. "Many people don't realize that they can effectively launder most of their clothing and fabrics in cold water."
Lixil Corporation has announced that it has received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the expansion of its SaTo (Safe Toilet) business activities, providing affordable, aspirational solutions to people that lack access to proper sanitation.
SaTo products are designed to improve the user experience and safety of open-pit latrines. They are refined yet affordably priced and simple to install. They utilise an airtight counterweighted trap-door to prevent odours and the transmission of disease.
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Recent UK News
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced recently that the new London Living Wage has increased from £9.40 to £9.75 per hour to reflect the higher cost of living facing families in the city - an increase of 3.7%.
This year over 300 more London-based employers have signed up to pay their staff the hourly rate required to make ends meet in the capital, bringing the number of London Living Wage employers to nearly 1,000 - with a number of them being contract cleaning companies.
To coincide with this year's event on 25th November, the Leeds-based company is launching 'Black Sack Friday', when a wide selection of its best-selling black sacks will go on sale at pre-Brexit vote prices or less.
"Our Accreditation Schemes for soft tissue, plastic refuse sacks and industrial cotton mops are recognised as driving up standards in the industry," explains Mike Stubbs, chairman of the Accreditation Scheme Panel.
In recognition of the crucial role The British Institute of Cleaning Science plays in protecting and improving standards in the cleaning industry, BICSc is making some important changes to the structure and routes to Institute membership.
From 1st April 2017, BICSc will be focusing its routes to membership on education. New members will, therefore, be able to apply for one of the following three membership grades. The membership grade you are eligible for will depend on your level of training as follows:
The organization is calling on Government to make some of the £1.1 billion proceeds of the Landfill Tax available to local authorities to help keep household waste recycling centres open and reduce or eliminate charges for bulky waste collections.
The contract award, which started in July, initially managing the cleaning services at 15 selected stores in the East Midlands & Anglia, has now been extended to 161 stores across the country.
It builds on the 15-year relationship between the two Groups that has seen Cordant Cleaning take responsibility for all of Go Ahead London's bus operations covering 2,500 vehicles at 18 locations.
Mitie has been awarded a new five-year FM contract with Manchester Airports Group (MAG), consolidating FM services across three airports into one integrated contract.
MAG is the UK's leading airport group, serving over 50 million passengers and handling over 670,000 tonnes of air freight every year, through its ownership and operation of Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports.
The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency launched yesterday a review on proposals to improve rules for approved tachograph centres. These ATCs - of which there are around 600 in Great Britain - install, calibrate and inspect tachographs, which record information about driving time, speed and distance. Proposals include:
- removing the requirement for ATCs to offer analogue tachograph calibration
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