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25th April 2013

Refusal of the framework agreement

A case with dire consequences. Ten EU member States challenge the European social dialogue

The European social partners of the hairdressing sector (UNI-Europa Hair & Beauty Care for workers and Coiffure EU for employers) signed a framework agreement in April 2012 aimed at improving the working conditions of some 1.5 million workers of the 400,000 hairdressing salons in the European Union.

This agreement contains a series of provisions concerning prevention and the protection of health at the workplace, the working environment, safety standards, the qualification of personnel and the harmonisation of working conditions (handling of cosmetic products, protection of respiratory tract, etc.).

A dangerous precedent

To reinforce the application of this agreement, the social partners asked the European Commission to propose to the Council to make it binding on EU member states by transforming it into a directive.

To the general surprise, even before the Commission had taken any initiative whatsoever, 10 governments have announced that they will oppose any regulation in this area.

Until now, there has never been such opposition at such an early stage, and this is a dangerous precedent. By refusing to improve the working conditions of European hairdressers, the governments of the United Kingdom, Poland, the Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Romania, Sweden, Croatia and Slovenia are actually making the hairdressing agreement a test case which will have an impact on the future development of European social dialogue.

To find out more:

  • HESAMag: Hairdressing and beauty care, European action for safer workplaces (autumn-winters 2009);
  • ETUI Worker participation web site: Personal services (hairdressing)
  • Uni Global Union : Hair and beauty





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