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Saloon staff asked to wear flat non-slip shoes while cutting hair

April 10, 2012 - London

Next time you go to a hairdresser, you may be in for a surprise.

New EU proposals have ordered stylists to wear 'non-slip soles' instead of high heels when they are cutting hair and banned wedding rings and watches as unhygienic.

The plans will see hairdressers told not to let staff do too many haircuts in one day to prevent 'emotional collapses', the Daily Mail reported.

And the strange rules will tell salon workers to have a regular 'social dialogue' - code for gossipy chats - to encourage 'mental wellbeing' in the workplace.

The National Hairdressers' Federation has cautioned that the plans will cost the UK industry 3million pounds a year in wasted time and red tape.

The agreement is due to be signed this month between EU Coiffure, a group of European salon bosses, and UNI Europa Hair 'n' Beauty, a union for European hairdressers.

"We should be creating jobs, not killing them. This kind of stupidity has to stop. It makes no sense and I will do everything I can to stop it," Employment minister Chris Grayling vowed.

One clause reads: "The parties recognise that effective social dialogue at the workplace makes an important contribution to creating a working environment that is conducive to high levels of mental health and wellbeing."


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