||Issue No. 261||29 April 2005|
Lest We Forget
Interview: [email protected]
Unions: State of the Union
Industrial: Fashion Accessories
Legal: Leg Before Picket
Politics: Business Welfare Brats
Health: Cannabis Controversy
Economics: Debt, Deficit, Downturn
History: Politics In The Pubs
Review: Three Bob's Worth
Poetry: Do The Slowly Chokie
The Locker Room
Tights Fail In Flight
Complaints about uncomfortable and poor quality pantihose have inspired the Flight Attendants Association to conduct a national survey of more than 1800 women who work on the Qantas' long haul routes.
Issues raised with the union include thermal discomfort and the dropping of the gusset causing heat rash and thrush.
"Panty hose is the flight attendants version of protective clothing," the FAAA's Andrew Smedley says.
"Our members are on their feet for excessive periods of time, they travel through multiple time zones and temperature zones so they need a quality product."
"We have no grievance with Qantas, we are collecting information so we can raise the argument on behalf of our members."
Qantas issues each attendant just 18 pairs of nylon-mix pantihose each year that must be worn for periods often exceeding 24 hours and re-used numerous times.
It is feared the ill fitting and uncomfortable garments could pose an occupational health and safety risk for the workers. Members also have the option of wearing trousers.
Meanwhile, fashion choices have returned to haunt a gaming room attendant who was told that because she posed in a bikini in a men's magazine and wore a mini skirt in public she has no right to refuse an order to wear revealing outfits at work.
The Federal Magistrate's Court told the attendant that throughout her employment at the Sydney hotel, she was never asked to do anything she was unwilling to do outside the workplace.
Telling the attendant that she had sex discrimination confused with sexual discrimination, Federal Magistrate Rolf Driver also dismissed allegations that her employer had sexually harassed her by pinching and squeezing her bottom and breast.
He said the evidence was unsatisfactory to uphold the claim but that 'something' had happened to upset her.
The LHMU said that although under the hotel award employers could dictate skirt lengths, if a worker feels the attire they are forced to wear is inappropriate they should be clear about their opinion and contact their union.
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