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EFCI News – Issue 4 | February 2020



On 3 February, the EFCI and UNI Europa, the European Social Partners for Industrial Cleaning, had the first Social Dialogue Meeting of the year. The meeting was devoted to Health and Safety matters, one of the priorities identified in the joint Work Programme  for the current period. The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) gave a presentation on the campaign on Musculoskeletal Disorders / MSD, for which they seek the engagement of sectorial associations. Further, Simone Mohrs from HOSPEEM, the European Hospital & Healthcare Employers’​ Association, presented their experience in the dissemination of the Multisectoral Guidelines tackle 3rd party violence  at the work place, guidelines to which the EFCI has decided to adhere during 2020. The EFCI also invited AISE, the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products, to introduce their projects on health and safety from the products suppliers’ perspective. Joëlle Lelong, from our member FDA, presented the Luxembourgian health and safety framework for the sector. She provided valuable data on topics such as absentism.
On the other hand, Fastighets, Swedish member of UNI Europa, presented the latest health and safety initiatives in the Swedish cleaning sector developed with EFCI’s member Almega. Finally, the ACV-CSC, the Belgian member of UNI Europa, introduced the hormonal disrupters project that the organisation is developing in collaboration with RISE.
The next Social Dialogue meeting will take place in Brussels on 4 May 2020.


As European Social Partner for the Industrial Cleaning sector, the EFCI submitted this week its response to the European Commission’s “First-stage consultation of Social Partners on fair minimum wages”, launched on 14 January. EFCI’s response focuses on the need to respect national wage-setting systems and the autonomy of Social Partners. It also identifies the European Semester as the best instrument to assist Member States in which adjustments regarding wage-setting are needed. Further, EFCI’s response includes relevant national sectorial examples in which wage-setting has become a tool for the success of the industry.

Namely, the EFCI raised the following points:

  • The right scope to address any minimum wage issues would be for the EU to encourage national governments to provide supportive frameworks for Social Dialogue and to increase their support for capacity-building of national Social Partners.
  • Not enough data is made available or seems to have been analysed in order to properly tackle the questions identified in the consultation.
  • Question on whom and how, including public administrations, will assume the cost of a possible increase of a national minimum wage as a result of an EU initiative.
  • The impact on training and vocational training systems, such as the German dual training system, has not been considered in the Communication.

ANIP-CONFINDUSTRIA intensifies its campaign against the internalisation of school cleaning

On 19th December 2019, the Italian Parliament adopted the decree-law that included, among other measures, the internalisation of the cleaning services in Italian schools. Since autumn, ANIP-Confindustria has been vocal about the negative consequences internalisation will trigger both for workers and business as well as for the risks it will entail regarding loss of quality in the services.

The insourcing will lead to the dismissal of 16,000 employees working in Italian schools, who already have an open-ended contract. Besides, at least nearly 5,000 workers will be excluded from the internalisation process as the Government is planning to hire not more than 11,263 workers. To this date, many uncertainties remain about how the cleaning of schools will be organized: the transfer process has not been regulated in many provinces and many critical points are yet to still be defined by the competent authorities.

In the current context of high sanitary and hygiene alert, ANIP-Confindustria has increased its campaign at a political and media level to ensure that the Government takes the necessary measures that ensure the high standards of cleanliness and hygiene provided until now. Further, ANIP-Confindustria underlines the need for the adoption of a framework law for the services sector, that provides legal certainty for both companies and employees of the sector. Lorenzo Mattioli, President of ANIP-Confindustria, has also expressed that, in this context, what needed to be reviewed were tendering rules, in order to make sure that quality of services was sufficiently considered in the evaluation process.

Read more about ANIP’s campaign:

ANIP article 1 (IT)

ANIP article 2 (IT)

Interview to Lorenzo Mattioli (IT)


Building on the current growth of the EFCI and the success of its recent events and advocacy initiatives, the EFCI has decided to open some of its activities to sponsorship in 2020. Sponsorship opportunities are exclusively opened to suppliers.

The EFCI proposes 3 sponsorship packages: sponsoring of EFCI’s monthly external newsletter; sponsoring EFCI’s statistical survey and/or membership to the “Circle for suppliers”. For further details, please consult this page and do not hesitate to contact

Sponsoring EFCI’s work will give organisations a new source of visibility towards industry players at national and EU level, and with relevant EU stakeholders. It will also help to defend the interests of the cleaning and facility services industry, which has an undisputable relevance in our economy.