The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, is a Trades Union Congress (TUC) affiliate and has put a motion on the preliminary agenda of the next Trades Union Congress annual conference which reads:
“Congress calls on all employers who have dress codes that promote high heels to examine the hazards their women workers face and ensure that proper risk assessments are carried out, and that where these show the wearing of high heels is hazardous the high heels should be replaced with sensible and comfortable shoes.”
The UK Press never one to let facts get in the way of a good story have reported this as “The Trades Union Congress wants to ban high heels in the workplace on the grounds that they are sexist and even dangerous.”
The result of which has brought a tirade of response both for and against choice of what women should wear in the work place. The issue raised by the SoCP motion is genuine and relates specifically to women in the workforce compleled by dress code to wear inappropriate footwear for appearance sake irrespective of any ill effects this may cause. The motion relates to employer’s duty of care with nothing whatsoever to do with banning heels in the workplace.