Barroso has crosed the line

 

Barroso has crosed the line

This statement has been published in Uni Europas management committee in Brussel last week and gives full support to the hairdressers and the entire unions right to enter binding legal agreements at a EU level.

The case will be followed up, so Barroso and the Commission can not suppress the trade union / social partners to conclude European agreements with the force of law.

Read the statement here.
 

Further information

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EU Commission says no to social partner agreement

EU Commission says no to social partner agreement on health and safety of hairdressers



UNI Europa protests against the hush-hush operation of the Commission. It decided to block the request of the social partners to transform their agreement into law for several years.



In its “Refit – fit for growth” Communication published today, the Commission blocks the request of the social partners in hairdressing to transform their agreement on health and safety into law. While not taking a final decision, it indicates that it does not intend to address the issue until 2015 – at the end of a broader review on occupational health and safety legislation.

“The Commission does not live up to its political and legal responsibility to decide on a request of the social partners in a timely and impartial way,” said Oliver Roethig, UNI Europa Regional Secretary. “The handling of this agreement unmasks the current Commission’s real intention to roll back the European social model, the rights of workers and trade unions.”

The agreement on hairdressing is based on close cooperation and diligent work of the trade unions and employers from the sector addressing real needs of both sides. Skin diseases have the highest occurrence in this profession and cause substantial costs. Arguing, as the Commission does, that small and medium-sized companies have highlighted the agreement as burdensome and costly is a slap in the face of the employees and small businesses that make up the sector. Here too the principle of subsidiarity should count: that the people concerned know best.

Poul Monggaard, President of UNI Europa Hair & Beauty adds: “The Commission announced its negative decision on the agreement without giving the social partners any say nor informing them beforehand. It is an unprecedented step of disregard that is improper and unacceptable.”

The decision comes after Commissioner Andor gave trade unions assurance on behalf of President Barroso that the Commission will only decide “on the basis of a comprehensive and impartial assessment of the agreement”.

Denying the hairdressing social partners due process indicates that this issue has become a highly politicised vehicle for those within the Commission and national governments that oppose EU legislation in the social field and social dialogue.

“It is an attack on the health of workers, an attack on the role for the social partners as foreseen by the EU Treaty. It is ideologically driven and aims at placating Euro-sceptics in some European countries,” continues Roethig, “This is not acceptable for trade unions, workers and the citizens of Europe. The Commission should do its duty and facilitate social dialogue rather than undermining it.”

The decision against the hairdressing sector is embedded in a broader strategy to diminish the role of the EU, in particular in terms of occupational health and safety – an area where the EU has broad concrete progress for workers since the 1970s. Indeed, legislation in this field has almost exclusively been developed jointly by the member states to ensure good working standards throughout the EU.

The vision that is emerging in these last months of the Barroso Commission is one of reversing the social progress achieved during all its predecessor Commissions. In these times of crisis, Europe needs more cohesion and solidarity, for the future of its citizens and the future of the European Union. Measured against these essentials, the Barroso Commission has become anti-European and indeed anti-social.

 

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Report on The European Agreement on the Implementation of the EHC

 

Report on The European Agreement on the Implementation of the European Hairdressing Certificates



On 18 June 2009, Coiffure EU and UNI Hair and Beauty signed the "European Agreement on the Implementation of the European Hairdressing Certificates".

UNI Hair and Beauty and Coiffure EU are the social partners in the Personal Services Sector under the European Commission.

 

The European Hairdressing Certificate is based on three levels:

A. European Hairdressing Certificate, level A: National Hairdressers' diplomas issued by national authorities or training bodies;

B. European Hairdressing Certificate, level B: Voluntary hairdressers' certificate – is comparable to the European Qualifications Framework, level 4;

C. European management training programme, level C. Voluntary hairdressing certificate delivered to hairdressers having successfully passed the exams complementary to level B.

 

Implementation


Clause 4.1 of the "European Agreement on the Implementation of the European Hairdressing Certificates” establishes that:

"The members of UNI europa and Coiffure EU shall take the necessary steps for the integration of the training modules and issuing of certificates taking into account the specific situation of each country and in accordance with the prevailing national regulation concerning the certificates.

 

Handling and issuing of the certificates (clause 4.2):

 

The European social partners are responsible for the design, production and dissemination of the certificates.

They shall designate the secretariats responsible for managing the certificates of each level.

 

Ownership of the certificate (clause 4.3):

 

The holder of the certificate is the person having passed the examination. Certificates for voluntary update will be issued.

The Agreement also includes a section on the structure of the certificate (clause 4.4).

 

Update of the certificates (clause 4.5):


The training systems (B and C) shall be updated every 4 years after discussion in the Social Dialogue Committee of the Personal Services Sector.

 

Health and Safety (clause 5):


The members of UNI europa and Coiffure EU will integrate the health and safety requirements of their Covenant on health and safety and future instruments that could cover health and safety into the training modules, as appropriate.

 

Working conditions (clause 6):


The members of UNI europa and Coiffure EU will encourage the application of the principles of their ”How to get along code” and future projects that could cover employment and environment into the training modules, as appropriate.

 

Monitoring (clause 7):


The sectoral Social Dialogue Committee shall set up an examination committee responsible for monitoring the implementation of the contents of level B and level C.

The examination committee shall be composed of representatives of the social partners in equal numbers, appointed by them for a term of 4 years.

The affiliates of the European social partners’ organisations confirm the implementation of the contents of level B or level C. The joint examination committee monitors the implementation on the basis of the documents provided.

Training material and/or the contents of level B and level C may be delivered to the social partners of new EU member states on their request.

The examination committee reports to the Social Dialogue Committee on the state of play once a year.

 

Information platform (clause 7.1):

 

A web-based European information platform will be developed, containing a database, examples of tests and examination procedures, a programme for hairdressing trainers, and a system for feed-back reporting.

 

Implementation of the agreement (clause 8):

 

This autonomous agreement commits the members of UNI europa and Coiffure EU to implement it in accordance with the procedures and practices specific to management and labour in the Member States.

The implementation will be carried out within two years after the signature of the agreement.

 


Follow-up of the agreement (clause 9):

 

Clause 9 establishes that the signatory parties must draw up a formal implementation report within three years of signing the agreement.

This report constitutes such implementation report and has been prepared after the said deadline due to regular updating of the contractual basis and phasing-in of the secretariat function.

Clause 4 of the agreement concerns the structures for implementation and monitoring of the agreement. Clause 4.2 "Handling and issuing of the certificates" describes the tasks of the social partners in relation to design, production and dissemination of the certificates.

Work has focused primarily on level B and therefore the partners have so far also focused on dealing with certificates for this level. A model has been prepared for the level B certificate.

This work has been undertaken by the secretariats at the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKO) and the Danish Hairdressers' and Beauticians' Union. The price of the certificates has also been calculated.

Clause 4.2 also describes how the certificate can be obtained.

In the period since the signing of the agreement, intensive work has been carried out to complete this process as smoothly as possible.

It has been decided that the social partners can download from the website the documents they need to verify that their training is comparable to the requirements that must be satisfied to obtain the European Hairdressing Certificate and therefore also comparable to the European Qualifcations Framework (EQF), level 4.

On the website, it is possible to download the document that the partners must sign to be able to document to the EHC secretariats in Denmark and Austria that they agree to support the European Hairdressing Certificate and that they meet the required level.

When these documents have been completed by the social partners at national level, they must be forwarded to the secretariats or one of the secretariats, which will then jointly discuss whether the application can be granted.

If so, the social partners will be given a password enabling them to download the certificate for either level B or level C or both and subsequently print the certificate. In countries where the European Hairdressing Certificate has been introduced as the national level, the certificate can generally be issued to those having completed the training programme. In countries where the certificate has not been endorsed as a national certificate, the social partners may issue the certificate to those of their members who are able to demonstrate that they have achieved level B/level C.

 

In some countries, the governments or respective authorities do not believe that the European Hairdressing Certificate can be recognised as an official national certificate.

In this respect, the social partners, Coiffure EU and UNI Hair and Beauty agree that the national partners may in any case issue the certificate to their own members if these members are able to demonstrate that they satisfy the EHC requirements.

This also means that people holding this certificate will be recognised by the social partners throughout Europe when their own countries' social partners have provided documentation showing that they have achieved the European Qualifications Framework, level 4, or a level comparable to level C (management level).

It has been discussed whether level C is comparable to EQF 5 or 6, the reason being that Meisterprüfung in Austria and Germany is comparable to EQF level 6. To achieve the certificate for level C in countries which do not have this Meisterprüfung, it is necessary to be able to demonstrate that the candidates have achieved a qualification level that is comparable to the European Qualifications Framework, level 6.

 

The organisations Coiffure EU and UNI Hair and Beauty have considered it essential to make it clear that the European Hairdressing Certificate is:
- a common level which is accepted by the industry;
- a bulwark against a qualitative impairment of the training programme;
- a common "language for hairdressers";
- a common level recognised across borders.

The parties have set a fee which the social partners in the respective member states must pay in order to receive the certificate for distribution among the members. This is due to the fact that the secretariat incurs costs in connection with the approval of applications and updating of the training programme, just as costs are incurred in connection with the operation of the website and development of its content, both in relation to text updates and design of the certificate.

 

In the course of 2013, a more detailed description must be made of how the provisions on health and safety that the parties have agreed on should be integrated into the European Hairdressing Certificate. This is to take place as part of the update of the certificate, which is specified in the agreement from 2009. Clause 4.5 of the agreement reads as follows:

"The training systems (B and C) shall be updated every 4 years after discussion in the Social Dialogue Committee of the Personal Services Sector."

This means that by the end of 2013, such discussion must be held in plenary by the European Social Dialogue in the Personal Services Sector. A discussion and updating basis will be provided by the secretariat.

 

 

 


 

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European framework agreement on the protection of occupational health an safety

European framework agreement on the protection of occupational health an safety in the hairdressing sector

 

Situation:

 

Preamble:

Health and safety is an issue which should be important to everyone in the hairdressing sector
– selfemployed included where they are personally engaged in work activity in a hairdressing salon that is also the workplace of workers shall comply with specified provisions

 

Clause: Objectives


An integrated approach for the prevention of risks and protection of health and safety at the workplace, particulary in the following areas:

 

  • - Use of material, products and tools, protection of the skin and respiratory tract
  • - Prevention of musculo-skeletal disorders
  • - Working environment and organisation of work
  • - Maternity protection
  • - Mental health and wellbeing


Work in a healthy work environment, establishing provisions in order to prevent, eliminate or reduce work-related health risks in the sector, retaining skilled workers in the sector, ensuring and promoting a high level of protection of health and safety for all workers within the European Union, strengthening the role and importance of national and European sectoral social dialogue


Clause: Use of materials, products and tools, protection of the skin an respiratory tract:


Substitution central:

The employer shall endeavour to use materials, products and tools, which are safer to the health and safety of the workers – if not available use materials, products and tools in a form which involves low exposure
Clause: Prevention of musculo-skeletal disorders (MSD):

Employers shall:

  • - organise rotation of tasks
  • - take into account the most recent ergonomic good practicies when purchasing new equipment and tools

 

  • Clause: Working environment and organisation of work
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- Sufficient space

- non-slip floors

- ventilation

 

Clause:Maternity protection:

 

  • - If the doctor prohibits certain tasks for the pregnant woman, the employer shall take the necessary measures regarding the organisation of work and shall entrust the tasks to other workers

 


Clause: Mental health and wellbeing


- Effective social dialogue at the workplace
The employer shall ensure a careful preparation of work, an appropriate planning of working time and work organisation

 

Clause: Individual protective measures

 

  • - Suitable clothes – in particular shoes with non-slip soles
  • - Not wear jewellery on hands and arms during work, as the skin underneath them is particularly prone to disease as a result of dampness or chemicals.
  • - Gloves provided by the employer that are sufficiently resistant to hairdressing chemicals and strong enough to ensure that they are not damaged by nomal work
  • - Cream

 


Challenges:


The whole concept of the European Social Dialogue

Objectives of joint EU Joint Project

 

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