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The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP) has today (Tuesday) tabled a motion to Congress highlighting the problem of sexist dress codes which force women to wear high heels at work.

The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP) has today (Tuesday) tabled a motion to Congress highlighting the problem of sexist dress codes which force women to wear high heels at work.

Commenting on the motion, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“We need common sense when it comes to dress codes, not outdated sexist policies. It is ridiculous that so many employers still insist their female staff wear high heels and make-up in 2016.

“Regularly wearing high heels increases wear and tear on knee joints and can lead to back problems. They should be a choice, not a condition of the job.”

NOTES TO EDITORS:

- The full text of motion 80 – along with all other Congress motions – is available in the Final Agenda here www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/Congress_2016_Final_Agenda_Digital.pdf

- For more information please contact Tina Davis at the SCP on 020 7234 8639 or td@scpod.org.uk

- The TUC’s report Working feet and footwear is available at www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/footwear.pdf

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- Congress 2016 will be held in the Brighton Centre from Sunday 11 September to Wednesday 14 September. Media passes can be obtained by visiting www.tuc.org.uk/MediaCredentials2016 and completing an online form. The deadline for free accreditation passed on 23 August. Applications will now be subject to a late processing fee of £75.