|Issue No 47||24 March 2000|
Women Win Right To Wear Trousers
By Mikael Kjaerbye
Female lounge attendants at the QANTAS Club Lounge at Melbourne Airport have won the right to wear trousers to work.
The victory follows a determined campaign by LHMU members, with the Union raising the matter with the Equal Opportunity Commission.
Union delegate George Tsoukalis said more than 20 of the 28 lounge attendants in the exclusive QANTAS Club were women.
'They are supplied with skirts, winter temperatures can drop to five degrees and they want to wear trousers,' George said.
The trousers ban was a QANTAS rule. OGEMI, the contractor employing the attendants, did not supply trousers to women.
'With Terry Breheny from the Union office, we took an anti-discrimination case to the Commission which resulted in QANTAS and OGEMI agreeing that the women could wear trousers,' George said.
'Now everyone is happy, especially the women.'
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