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Tell the European Commission that the health and safety of hairdressers is not a small thing! I, the undersigned European citizen, call upon the European Commission to stop stalling important legislation on worker’s health and safety. Forward the Agreement on health and safety in the hairdressing sector to the Council now! Stop using Better Regulation as an excuse and act upon your claim to strengthen social dialogue! The health and safety of thousands of mostly young and female hairdressers is not a ‘small thing’ - they are at very high risk of developing skin diseases, musculoskeletal disorders and occupational asthma. These can be prevented, stop stalling the Agreement!

Tell the European Commission that the health and safety of hairdressers is not a small thing!

I, the undersigned European citizen, call upon the European Commission to stop stalling important legislation on worker’s health and safety. Forward the Agreement on health and safety in the hairdressing sector to the Council now!
Stop using Better Regulation as an excuse and act upon your claim to strengthen social dialogue!

The health and safety of thousands of mostly young and female hairdressers is not a ‘small thing’ - they are at very high risk of developing skin diseases, musculoskeletal disorders and occupational asthma. These can be prevented, stop stalling the Agreement!

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Better Regulation – it really isn’t!

The so-called Better Regulation agenda of the European Commission claims to ensure that the design of European policies and laws is effective and benefits the most citizens and businesses. With it, the Commission  paints a picture of European regulation as a burden, spinning the story in a way that justifies them stalling important social legislation relating to worker’s rights and standards.

Since its introduction, UNI Europa and the rest of the European progressive movement has kept close track of the agenda, and the ensuing institutional developments, and created the Better Regulation Watchdog to ensure that it’s really “better for all.”

It has become very clear to us that the Commission expertly wields the agenda to hold back social and employment policies. The agenda actually makes EU decision-making less democratic, adds red tape and works in the favour of big business – and against people.

The Commission is using the agenda to thwart any progress when it comes to the protection of European workers by drowning worker’s representatives in bureaucracy. That is why we have decided to launch a campaign under the slogan “Better Regulation – It Really Isn’t.” Several other organizations, including the ETUC, EFFAT, IndustriALL Europa, EPSU, ETF Europe, CSEE-ETUCE, EFBWW and the IFJ, support the campaign.

The campaign will showcase how the EC is stalling important social legislation – the first example being the mockery of the agreement on the health and safety of hairdressers.

Hairdresser's health and safety is not a joke!

For years, the Commission has mocked the agreement on hairdressers health and safety – first Barrosso‘s Commission and now Juncker‘s. They say “The EU must not be big on small things” they say – going so far as mocking the agreement in a recent publication, which was removed in some places after our letter to the Commission.

The Commission’s Health and Safety Strategy totally lacks binding proposals and necessary legislation and it effectively holds the health and safety of hundreds of thousands of, mostly young female, workers hostage – and they think they’ll get away with it because “it’s only hairdressers.” This is no “small thing” for hairdressers as they are faced with a number of serious work-related ailments; see opposite

Every day the Commission keeps stalling – more and more hairdressers develop work-related diseases

As maddening as the Commission’s mockery of necessary health and safety rules for hundreds of thousands of workers is, we fear that this is just the tip of the iceberg – first they come for the hairdresser, who’s next?

Hairdressers are

10x more likely to develop skin conditions than the average worker

5x more likely to develop musculoskeletal diseases such as arthritis and tendinitis

20% of hairdressers develop work-related asthma

hairdressers are regularly exposed to chemicals that are probably carcinogenic

Contact

For more info contact: 

Elke Zander, Communications Officer, UNI Europa
Phone: +32 2 234 56 48
Email: elke.zander@uniglobalunion.org