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Putting pledges on staff welfare into practice

Published 30th September, 2016 by Neil Nixon

Putting pledges on staff welfare into practice

Facilicom UK has followed up on its pledges as part of the Equality and Human Rights Commission's (EHRC) Cleaning Taskforce campaign to improve the working conditions of those employed in the industry. To ensure everyone who works there is aware of their rights and responsibilities, Facilicom has distributed the material developed by the Taskforce to colleagues across their business. This encompasses a:

• Know Your Rights guide, included within the recent 'In Touch' company magazine to ensure all staff have visibility.
• Dignity and Respect posters in the cleaning cupboards.

All the materials are available on the EHRC website:

Lisa Sheppard, director of development at Facilicom, said: “We have played a key role representing the contract cleaning industry as part of the EHRC Cleaning Taskforce, and are keen to ensure the campaign is not something that is launched with a big fanfare and then consigned to a shelf. We are passionate about improving the working conditions of those employed in the cleaning industry. Making sure our colleagues have copies of this material is just one of the ways we are continuing to support this important campaign.”

Facilicom has committed to improving the conditions in which cleaning operatives are expected to work by endorsing the EHRC's campaign and pledging to:

• Promote employers' compliance with employment law and improve workers understanding of employment rights.
• Improve the impact of public and private sector procurement of cleaning services on employment conditions in the sector.
• Encourage the respectful treatment of cleaning operatives.

Johnson Obweku, a cleaning team member at Facilicom, said: “I enjoy working at Facilicom as the company does a lot to show it values us. This includes extensive training and paying the Living Wage whenever possible. The information they are giving to me and my colleagues who work in cleaning will help us all to know our rights and be treated with dignity and respect.”

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