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 Industry News  WCC News  BICSc Comment  eople 14 BCC Comment


1 olden Service wards A profile of the Cleaning Operative of the Year, crowned at last month’s GSA.


1 Contracts  OJO Column


1 Special eport The case for microfibre.


 eature Washroom Hygiene.


 Special eport Karcher Academy Cleaning Tips.


1 New roducts Cleaning industry in the spotlight


Commission calls for evidence


The Equality and Human Rights Commission is calling for evidence fromcommer- cial cleaning firms and clean- ers as part of an in-depth examination into recruitment and employment practices in the industry. The two-year projectwill aimto raise awareness of human rights and equality responsibilities among businesses in the sector and identify practical and cost effective solutions to any problems uncovered. It builds on the Commis-


sion’s earlier inquiry into the meat and poultry processing sector. This revealed wide- spread mistreatment and ex- ploitation of migrant workers and agency staff. The Com- mission worked with super- markets, government, regulators and unions to in- troduce improvements. The Commission is keen to


explore how the rights of workers to protection from discrimination and their rights to be treated with dig- nity and respect are pro- moted in different sectors. It has decided to do this by looking at cleaning, another important industrial sector. According to the Commis-


sion, the cleaning industry employs more than 400,000 people and has an annual


turnover of £7.2 billion. 60% of staff are female, 37% mi- grant workers, 5% part- time, and 22% aged over 54. Reports and case studies from other organisations combined with Employment Tribunal data also suggest the industry needs help to ad- dress wider problems relat- ing to pregnant workers, concerns about racial and re- ligious discrimination, and even bonded (forced) labour. The Commission will focus


on standardised cleaning in the office, health, retail, transport and leisure sectors in an attempt to gain a bal- anced picture of the sector, and understand challenges facing workers and busi- nesses alike. It will also look at the impact of contracting out services. A summary of the findings


will be published in spring 2014 and a taskforce of key stakeholders will be formed to consider practical re- sponses to the recommenda- tions. The call for evidence


opened on Thursday 7 No- vember and runs until Tues- day 17 December 2013. Response forms for employ- ers and cleaners are available on the Commission’s website: http:www.equalityhuman-


rights.comkey- projectscleaning - and should take around 15 min- utes to complete. Commission director of em-


ployment and economy, Karen Jochelson, said: “We are particularly interested in the cleaning sector because of the composition of the workforce. There is a high proportion of female, part- time, older and migrant work-


ers, who may be unaware of their employment rights such the national minimum wage, adequate rest breaks or paid annual leave. Mindful of re- ducing the burden on busi- ness, we are seeking to gather evidence without using our enforcement powers, al- though we will consider doing so should we be unable to ob- tain enough information oth- erwise.”


Jangro member helps care programme


Pictured loading three pallets of Jangro cleaning and hy- giene products for Romania are Phil Shorthouse and Stuart Gosling, Blythswood Care, and John Gourley, warehouse manager, Cutler Cleaning Supplies.


Full story on Page 4.


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