EFCI News – Issue 10 | September 2020
EFCI News – Issue 10 | September 2020
EFCI’S RESPONSE TO THE SECOND STAGE CONSULTATION ON MINIMUM WAGES
After the first phase of the consultation that was closed on 20 February 2020, the Commission concluded that there was a need for EU action on this topic. Published on 3 June 2020, the second phase consultation presented four main questions requesting Social Partners to share their views on the specific objectives, avenues and legal instruments presented in the consultation document. In its reply, the EFCI expressed its full commitment with the preservation of fair minimum wages in the industrial cleaning sector, presenting the sector as an example of success of social bargaining, achieving good minimum wages above the median of many other services sectors in countries like Germany or the Netherlands.
The EFCI also expressed its opposition to the introduction of an EU Directive on the grounds it could lack the required accuracy of national and sectoral expertise, bypassing the role of Social Partners and potentially disrupting well-established wage setting and collective bargaining systems and make the European labour market more rigid in a moment where full flexibility is a high priority need. Further, from a sectorial perspective, such a legislative action could encounter unbalanced results if no measures are being taken to shift the focus to quality in the procurement in labour-intensive sectors like cleaning.
In this regard, the EFCI presented some recommendations to be implemented through non-binding European Council recommendations that, in our view, could help Member States achieving the Commission’s objectives:
EFCI MEMBERS SUPPORT THE SECTOR THROUGH EUROPE’S REACTIVATION
In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and schools’ reopening, EFCI members have been very active in underlining the importance of professional cleaning, hygiene and sanitisation services to guarantee the safety of users in buildings, infrastructures, schools and public transports among others. While ASPEL has launch a social media campaign on the essentiality of our sector, BIV and ANIP-Confindustria have been calling public authorities to ensure the necessary disinfection and sanitisation operations are carried out to enable pupils’ safe return to class.
On 1 September BIV issued a Press release calling German Federal authorities to take concrete action against hygiene deficiencies in schools. In the document BIV’s President, Thomas Dietrich, asked the German Federal Education Minister to organise a “hygiene summit” in order to enable a targeted discussion and develop recommendations on how to improve cleanliness standards in schools.
In the framework of their initiatives around school cleaning, ANIP-Confindustria’s President, Lorenzo Mattioli expressed in a Press Release on 7 September the sector’s concern for the unpreparedness of public administration on the eve of schools reopening. Moreover, following last week electoral activities in Italian schools, ANIP’s President issued a second Press Release denouncing the lack of professionality in the cleaning of school facilities after the vote, resulting in the impossibility to guarantee the safety of pupils and the reopening of some buildings for the school-week.
On 17 September ASPEL has launched the social media campaign “Cleaning, the value of the essential” in order to give wider visibility to the essential role cleaning plays to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. The campaigns calls for public authorities to recognise and actively support the sector in light of the challenges it is facing following the negative economic consequences of the lockdowns and of its key role for the recovery of private and public activities in Spain and in Europe.quences of the lockdowns and of its key role for the recovery of private and public activities in Spain and in Europe.