Back in September 2013, the Equality and Human Rights Commission embarked on a project to analyse employment practices in the cleaning sector in England, Scotland and Wales, in order to better understand how employers comply with their equality obligations in the work place and respect human rights.
The Commission focused on standardised, non-domestic cleaning in the office, health, retail, transport and leisure sectors, the four largest users of cleaning services, and has now published its findings which contain recommendations for all key bodies within the cleaning sector to assist them with respecting all workplace rights.
Its recommendations focus on the most important findings, and address the need to improve working conditions for cleaning operatives, raise awareness of employment rights and establish more responsible procurement practices.
Moving forward, the Commission has also called together a multi-stakeholder task force to build on the reports recommendations and support improved outsourcing and employment practices. Members of the task force include: ISS, Enhance Office Cleaning, Interserve, Principle Cleaning Services, Facilicom, Sodexo, KPMG, RBS, NHS Property Services, Go Ahead Group, TUC, Tesco, British Institute of Cleaning Science, Living Wage Foundation, Unison, Building Futures Group, RMT, Health and Safety Executive, and BIS.
To download the report, please click here.