Lap dancers' union

July 16, 2004

May I clarify the report on my research into the unionisation of sex workers ("Lap dancers will seek to unionise, says academic", July 9).

I did not argue that a unionised environment would allow erotic dancers to generate a more enlightened attitude towards women and their sexuality in such clubs as a result of transformed working conditions.

I did, however, cite that the sex-worker union activists believe this to be the case and that this is one of their arguments for unionisation.

While there is some merit in what they argue, there are a number of factors and issues that militate against its realisation, so that the effect of unionisation in this regard is a contingent one.

Gregor Gall
Professor of industrial relations
Stirling University

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