Sunday, August 17, 2008

UK Slams Airlines Airlines for Sexy Dresscode

Here is a problem that U.S. air carriers are never going to have to deal with. Some United Kingdom airlines are under fire from a watchdog group alleging employers force sexist dress code on female workers.


A problem that just isn't going to surface with U.S. air carriers, where crew members dress like storm troopers and the average age is around 62 making dressing sexy for them like putting lipstick on a pig to make it look good, the U.K.'s flight staff tends to be different from U.S. carriers in ways such as looking good, treating passengers nicely and having a good attitude.


The umbrella group of unions in Britain, the Trades Union Council, says some employers are mandating women wear high heels, which it deems "inappropriate footwear" that leads to long-term foot and back problems.


"Heels may look glamorous on the catwalks and on Hollywood stars, but they're not appropriate day-to-day work wear," TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said. "These dress codes, apart from being blatantly sexist, can lead to health problems."


The "Working Feet and Footwear" report claims a number of big companies make female employees wear slip-on or high heel shoes if their jobs require dealing with the public. The TUC declined to name the specific companies but said at least one department store as well as some airlines and city institutions are culprits.


"We were surprised how many times we found employers' dress codes did not permit the wearing of comfortable footwear," Barber said.


The Trades Union Council calls itself "the voice of Britain at work," according to its Web site. "With 58 affiliated unions representing nearly 7 million working people from all walks of life, we campaign for a fair deal at work and for social justice at home and abroad."

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