Sex workers unionise
Scotland’s sex workers will be able to join an official union for the adult entertainment industry for the first time. Strippers, burlesque dancers and porn actors, as well as those working in prostitution, will all be able to unionise shortly through a branch of the GMB union in Glasgow, which is being established.
Running a brothel is illegal in Britain, forcing most sex workers to deal with customers alone, leaving them vulnerable to violence. Prostitution has long been considered one of the most high risk occupations in the world and the United Nations, the World Health Organisation and Amnesty International have called on governments to decriminalise it entirely.
Sex worker Megara Furie, 35, set up the adult entertainment industry branch of the GMB union in Scotland. She argued that sex workers need a union to give them the same protection as someone in a ‘normal’ job.
“Our main aims are to secure workers’ safety and workers’ rights,” she said.
The GMB Union commented “From the trade union perspective, it’s an unusual venture, not because of the work they do but because they are self-employed and that’s not how we typically work.” (Source: The Evening Times)