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Despite Jeremy Corbyn, Mears beard ban shows pogonophobia still exists

In Uncategorized on June 2, 2017 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Media Release

2nd June. Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

Campaigners demand action on beard bans

Pogonophobes watch out

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that following a ban on employees wearing beards by construction company Mears, it is to take action against pogonophobia in the workplace.

The campaigners say that Mears beard ban appears to be because they want the cheapest dust masks available rather than ones that will effectively protect workers whether they are clean shaven or hirsute.

The BLF is calling for a change in the law to stop employers from dictating how their employees dress and appear, and to give workers a reasonable right to resist such diktats.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, there is an argument that with beards in fashion, discrimination is no longer an issue. Mears beard ban underlines that it is. We hope veteran beard wearer and BLF supporter Jeremy Corbyn will take action if, as we hope, he is Prime Minister on 9th June

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One Response to “Despite Jeremy Corbyn, Mears beard ban shows pogonophobia still exists”

  1. Well Keith I can tell you that although there were beards down the pit they were rarely seen on the coal face or in headings (A heading is a roadway tunnel being driven ) there is due to a mines ventilation a fair bit of billowing wind . Enough to surprise visitors .
    When I was a face trainee back in the early seventies i saw a face worker operating a hand held electric drill , now either his bit was blunt or he had hit a hard patch , ironstone band or such , the lad with long hair in the style of Slades Dave Hill went to give him a shove as he had perhaps done or seen done many times , as many as four men could be seen shoving , the inch diameter (I think actually 30mm)holes are usually bored for sticks of powder for shot firing , but this lad well he was not really trained or qualified for boring , the wind caught his hair and his hair got caught in the drill rod and it tore a large patch not just of hair but a three inch patch of scalp , a scalp wound can be very bloody this kid looked like Carrie after the bucket of pigs blood , very nasty . To free him they had to carefully cut his hair with a stanley knife all the time the man with the borer trying to take the weight and not make it worse He was then stretchered out of the pit , he was left with a nasty scar and he ironically had to keep his hair long to cover this .
    As for beards well the method with a hand borer is to rest it on your chest and shove mostly with your legs and body weight , but your head and hands near the business end so anything long enough to get caught would get caught , you would not wear a shirt or jacket just a singlet vest for the same reason anything loose basically , you were in later years allowed to take of your mandatory reflective jacket if operating a hand held borer . Three types of borer electric , air powered and hydraulic , for preference ? I would go for compressed air one down side these are louder (Screamers) so ear defenders essential but with I think more UUMMPH , you also get a type of air operated leg that supports the weight off the borer and as the drill rod is not threaded water is used to clean the whole so they don’t get red hot to touch and creat less dust .
    Another reason was hygiene it is simply quicker to wash a shortish crop , there is of course a lot of dust, but anywhere near a face machine or road header or bolting rig ? at least one burst hydraulic hose (universally known down Pit as a bagging) a shift sometimes several and the whole team could get sprayed with oil .
    At one point we (Welbeck colliery) went under an area known as the Bothemsall oil fields on the surface there were nodding donkey type rigs . Underground we got covered in basically raw crude oil , this even with swarfega scrubs got into your pores and an attempt on the weekend would leave your nice white shirt with brown stains on the collar and cuffs . The union (NUM) negotiated and the managers secretary sent to three menswear shops to price the dearest white shirts then a weekly payment of the average was paid to the teams involved , this went alongside the standard (not very much) oil payment .
    We were in the oil for near six months but kept mum and got the shirt payment for over three years before caught .
    The point about dust masks ? well as I say on the face and in headings where the dust is at its worst ? beards are rare , and on some jobs , salvage for instance old stale dust is much nastier than fresh , strange but true . I was in headings most of my life and always wore a mask when cutting but rarely at other times . A dust mask makes excellent toilet paper .
    Always read and enjoy your posts in fact have been a fan for many years , so thank you .

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