Blog: Leonie BarrieUnion puts the boot into high heels

Leonie Barrie | 18 August 2008

In recent weeks British trade unions have had plenty to say about teachers and students, Portuguese workers in the UK, inflation and female migrant workers. But now the latest group the TUC is rallying to support is female workers forced to wear fashionable high heels as part of their dress code.

In fact the TUC decries slip-on shoes or high heels as “sexist,” “uncomfortable or dangerous,” and wants employers to drop 'inappropriate' footwear codes and reduce back and foot problems. City bankers and upmarket stores are singled out as the major culprits in a new TUC guide on ‘Working feet and footwear.’

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: “Heels may look glamorous on the catwalks and on Hollywood stars, but they're not appropriate for day-to-day work wear. These dress codes - apart from being blatantly sexist - can lead to long-term foot and back problems as women are forced to stand or walk around in high heels or ill-fitting footwear.”


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