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European social dialogue: SSDC's plenary meeting devoted to Covid-19
Late last month, EFCI (the voice of the European cleaning and facility services industry in Europe) and its members took part in the plenary meeting of the Industrial Cleaning Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee.
The meeting was an occasion for UNI Europa's and EFCI's secretariats and members to jointly analyse the impact of Covid-19 on the sector and discuss future actions to advocate for the cleaning sector's needs and essential role during the second wave of the pandemic.
During the crisis, on 22nd April, EFCI and UNI Europa issued a joint statement calling on European and National authorities to:
• Recognise cleaning, disinfection and sanitisation as essential and crucial activities
• Ensure access to the necessary protective equipment to guarantee cleaning agents' safety
• Actively support employment in the sector to ensure the business continuity of cleaning companies.
EFCI was also invited to present the SK-Clean project during last month’s European Commission's Liaison Forum for Social Dialogue. The Liaison Forum is celebrated up to five times a year and reunites European Commission's officials responsible for Social Dialogue as well as representatives of unions and employers to exchange on the Commission's proposals in social affairs and get updates on the projects and achievements on all sectorial social dialogue committees.
During the second half of the meeting - focused on digitalisation, EFCI explained how the SK-Clean project will analyse training systems in the different Member States and reunite best practices in training on digital and green skills to accompany the sector through a successful digital transformation.
5th November 2020