Yesterday, councillors in Edinburgh voted to impose a ‘nil-cap’ coverage on strip golf equipment – successfully banning them within the metropolis. The ban handed by 5 votes to 4.
The ban follows the publication in 2019 of a Scottish authorities paper that set out a method for tackling violence towards ladies and ladies (VAWG), and argued that “prostitution, lap dancing, stripping, pornography” encompassed and engendered VAWG. Danielle Worden, authorized caseworker for the United Voices of the World Union, instructed the regulatory committee yesterday that there was no credible proof of a correlation between sexual leisure venues (SEVs) and sexual violence.
She added that this was a very merciless transfer within the midst of the continued price of residing disaster. “Not only does this violate the Equality Act 2010, it is [also] an act of cruelty to remove the livelihoods of hundreds of workers as we enter the worst economic crisis since the 1970s.”
Another dancer, Alexis, instructed the committee that she didn’t need to discover one other job simply because her work didn’t match the committee’s ethical values. “[We are] educated women making educated decisions about what’s best for our lives,” she stated.
Following the information of the ban, intercourse employee union United Sex Workers (USW) printed a assertion on Twitter. “We are disappointed and angry with Edinburgh Council’s decision to approve the Labour and Conservative amendment to set the number of strip clubs in the city at zero. From the outset, the workers in the clubs, whose safety and financial security this policy puts at great risk, have been ignored by the Council.”
“Yet again, despite sharing their fears for their safety, for their livelihoods, sharing their expertise on their own working conditions, the Council have chosen to force them into working under greater risk of violence, to further remove and limit their working rights, and push more workers into unemployment and an insufficient benefits system during an unprecedented cost of living crisis.”
“We fear for our safety when the industry is pushed underground, away from the safety of our clubs” – a dancer from Edinburgh
Speaking to Dazed, one other dancer – who needs to stay nameless – expressed her dismay on the determination. “We fear for our safety when the industry is pushed underground, away from the safety of our clubs. We will face homelessness when we can no longer pay our bills. Many dancers are single mothers faced with the reality of not knowing if they’ll be able to put food on the table,” she stated. “[The council] has reinforced the view that sex workers don’t deserve respect and put us at huge risk,” she continued, including that the SNP and Greens duly listened to their considerations whereas Labour and Conservatives appeared to have “made their minds up already”.
USW has reiterated that this new coverage will pressure dancers into hazard. “It will drive workers into underground and unregulated spaces, where they have no access to working rights, protections, nor the security of the clubs. If the Council cared about women’s safety, a safety which includes all women, they would enshrine the rights of these workers into a progressive SEV policy that ensures [the] safety of the workers.”
They additionally confused that they won’t let this determination go unchallenged. “USW will continue to stand for the rights of workers, we will continue to fight for strippers’ access to safe workplaces and working rights, and we will push for this decision to be reversed at judicial review.”