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ASPEL – Asociación Professional de Empresas de Limpieza

CEOE: Dedicated website of the Spanish Employers Association on Covid-19.

Advocacy and Regulatory Actions:

  • 04/05/2020, Letters to the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Labour. In this communication, Spanish Social Partners request the elaboration of a flexibility plan adapted to the needs of the industrial cleaning sector to ensure a progressive return to the normal levels of activity. For time being, this plan should include:
    The extension of the temporary layoff measures beyond the suspension of the state of alarm.

    The implementation of measures allowing the progressive reactivation of workers under temporary layoff measures.
    The continuation of unemployment aid measures to both employers and employees.

Public procurement conditions for cleaning services must be reviewed to adapt to the new conditions emerged from the Covid-19 crisis and ensure the implementation of quality criteria principles (which must account for the 51% of the public tender scores).

  • 26/03/2020, Letter to the Presidency of the Government of the Basque Country, Letter to the Spanish Industry Minister, Letter to the Spanish Health Minister In this letter, ASPEL highlights the key role of the industrial cleaning sector in the Covid19 context and requests the Basque Government and the Spanish Health and Industry Ministries to provide several protection equipment items and products urgently needed by the industrial cleaning companies in Spain.
  • 19/03/2020, Letter to the Spanish Health Minister. In this letter, ASPEL reiterates the urgent need to officially declare the Industrial Cleaning sector as an essential activity. Particularly:(1)    Providers of cleaning products and material are currently intervened by the state and cannot provide our member companies with Individual Protection Equipment.
    (2)    Industrial Cleaning companies have been officially declared essential in Italy.
    (3)    The Catalan government has already ensured the continuity of all public cleaning contracts as part of the urgent measures to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.
    (4)    The Andalusian government has published a decree containing several financial and taxation measures to facilitate administrative and social emergency tasks to fight the virus.
    (5)    ASPEL demands the Spanish Government to expand all these measures to the rest of the State.
  • 17/03/2020, The cleaning sector asks the Ministry of Health to declare cleaning as “essential activity” to manage the coronavirus crisis, link. Public Statement asking the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare for the cleaning activity be considered as “essential task” to manage the crisis of the coronavirus in the current Alarm State.
  • 12/03/2020, ASPEL calls for the administration to establish, urgently, measures to cover the economic effects of the coronavirus crisis in the cleaning sector, link. The Public Statement asks Spanish authorities to (1) enact measures to balance the negative economic effects of the crisis on the sector, (2) consult the cleaning sector before issuing public measures or instructions, (3) establish a standard protocol on the cleaning of public transport, (4) act upon the negative effects of public cleaning contracts’ suspension in schools, (5) comply with the public procurement legislation and execute all payments within 30 days, (6) safeguard all public contracts to support the industrial sector within the crisis.
  • 19/02/2020, CEOE and CEPYME joint statement on the Spanish Government decisions to date. The document demands (1) more involvement of Social Partners in the current crisis management and (2) urgent measures to prevent the negative effects of a sudden drop in productivity. 

Technical Information and Support:

  • 28/02/2020, The Spanish Health Ministry in collaboration with National Social Partners. Document on recommendations on the measures to be implemented on occupational risk prevention against Covid-19. The document includes (link): (1) General information on the virus, (2) Health and hygienic measures, (3) Individual protection measures, (4) Isolation measures, (5) Structural safety elements.
  • The Spanish Health Ministry: Infographics: (1) General information on the virus. (2) Hand washing procedure.