Contribution to the Social Dialogue Newsletter

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Contribution to the Social Dialogue Newsletter


The Social Dialogue in the personal services sector mainly comprises the hairdressing industry.

Over the past year, the industry has been committed to the establishment of an actual organisation for handling the implementation of the European Hairdressing Certificate (EHC). The EHC provides a framework of common training standards which the industry partners have described for a joint European vocational training programme for hairdressers. A management training programme has also been described.

A central issue in the work performed within the personal services sector during 2012 has been the implementation of an agreement on health and safety in the hairdressing industry. The social partners want the concluded agreement to be implemented as a real directive.

To offer a solid platform for having the directive implemented at national level in the Member States, a capacity building project has been launched, the intentions of which are to ensure that the Social Dialogue works satisfactorily and undergoes continuous development so that the basis and scope of the agreement become as strong as possible.

Over the next year, focus will therefore be directed towards:

- Implementation of the European Hairdressers Certificate in each individual Member State,
- Implementation of a health and safety directive and
- Development of the Social Dialogue.

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