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Am I the only one whose hackles rise when I hear the term 'low skilled workers' in regard to the UK Government's future immigration policy, being officially announced today, knowing that this also covers cleaners?
Even ignoring the Coronavirus outbreak (yes - someone has to clean the facilities where the quarantined and the sick or deceased are housed and if they get it wrong, woe betide us all!) proper cleaning takes some real skill and thorough training and it saddens me that this is rarely acknowledged. Not all cleaners take their lives into their hands as they go about their work, but many of them do.
I reckon that instead of referring to workers in this sector as being low skilled, we should say it how it is and call them 'low paid'... for certainly they're paid too little for a job most of us have paltry knowledge of and far too little respect for - and one most of us wouldn't choose to do ourselves.
Is the cleaning industry going to be in trouble if the points system being announced isn’t challenged and changed? Yes, I think it is. And we'll all suffer as a result. There's an interesting analysis further down the page which backs this up.
I received a notification from Malvern Hills District Council this week, which said: "We are attempting to make bin collections today (Tuesday) so if it is your scheduled collection day leave your bins out as usual and will do as much of the area as possible. We will try and complete all collections but flooded roads may make that impossible. Current advice is leave your bin out in its usual place and we will get to it as soon as we can. Our crews are also supporting the clean-up effort in Tenbury. We have staff and vehicles helping to clean pavements and collect appliances, debris and other items from affected businesses and homes."
Seeing the devastation caused by the recent storms and heavy rains over huge swathes of the UK, it never occurred to me that the normal, day-to-day cleaning operations might still be underway, on top of everything else that now has to be dealt with (see, I do it too...)! I take my hat off to everyone involved in helping those whose lives have been turned upside down, to find some normality once more.
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The Government's post-Brexit immigration plans are aimed at reducing the number of what it says are low skilled workers entering the country. Along with the farming, catering, nursing and care sectors, it is highly likely that workers in the gig economy will be excluded from the ‘skilled’ category.
The proposals are likely to intensify the fall in immigrants coming to the UK to work. According to figures published by the Office for National Statistics, EU net migration is now less than half the level it was at its peak and more workers from Eastern European countries are leaving than arriving. This trend is already impacting on the UK cleaning sector.
Employees working in industries where exposure to irritating substances is common, should look to these four signs from industrial disease experts to minimise the risk of contracting occupational asthma.
There are currently 5.4 million people in the UK suffering from asthma, a condition that causes a sufferer's airways to become irritated and constricted, making it harder to breathe. It is now more important than ever to understand how your job role or working conditions can affect your health.
The Facility Inspiration Event is being organised by Interclean and the facilities consultancy organisation, Atir.
For 33 years the Loo of the Year Awards have been acknowledged and respected as the standard for washrooms throughout the UK and in all market sectors. Increasingly businesses understand that excellent washrooms are an attraction and not just a cost.
High quality washrooms that meet the needs of customers, visitors and staff must not just satisfy users’ basic needs but also be very clean, hygienic and meet the needs of the various types of users expected - males, females, babies and children, as well as those that need special accessible facilities.[
With annual turnover approaching £60m and close to 2500 staff, Principle provides cleaning, window cleaning and grounds maintenance services to some of London's most recognisable buildings.
However, what these reports do not indicate is why the market for these products will be increasing.
Want a washroom solution that cares about you, your customers and the environment? For 35 years Bio-Productions customers have used the manufacturers tried, tested and trusted products to eradicate their washroom odours at source.
Bio-Productions' Pro-Biotic urinal Bio Blocks, containing special bacterial cultures that clean and deodorise urinal traps and pipes, have proven to be a foolproof washroom solution for thousands of companies across the UK, Europe and as far afield as Australia. Not only are they suitable for use in public buildings, schools, colleges, pubs and clubs, but they also facilitate great water savings on a daily basis.
These complete sets offer cohesive and striking designs that further enhance the sophisticated look of Verge washbasins and work seamlessly with any other basin.
Bacta-Care Sanitiser-Cleaner is EN13697 tested and regulated in dirty conditions.
The contract cleaning and services provider has teamed up with Innovise to be the first to trial the software specialists new workforce management and service delivery web portal, which will seamlessly connect customers with Facilicom.
A little over a year ago, STMA became the first high school in the USA to welcome the Nilfisk Liberty SC50, an autonomous scrubber dryer, onto its cleaning crew.
Dubbed ‘Plymouth’s worst fly-tipper’ by the press for dumping rubbish collected from people’s homes in the countryside, Martin McDonagh, 26, caught a ferry to Ireland shortly before he was due in court in February 2017 and was sentenced in his absence to 20 months in prison.
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