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Union warns it will not tolerate any discrimination at work after tennis row 


The UGT says the sponsor of the tennis tournament Schweppes and a hospitality agency will be fined on the basis of “discriminatory harassment based on sex”.

The eight hostesses at the2017 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell – Trofeo Conde de Godó last May were said to have suffered colds, sickness and fever following their stint at the event and were apparently booed when they complained.

The case was taken up by the General Union of Workers which, on its website, is reporting a successful outcome following an official complaint to the Labour Inspectorate on the basis of “the sexist work situation and lack of health protection.”

“Each night when we left, our teeth were chattering,” one of the women told the union.

The Barcelona tournament was held during unseasonal bad weather conditions, with rain and temperatures of below ten degrees.

The hostesses told the UGT they had to leave the after-parties early because they felt so unwell and considered the conditions they had to work in were against their health and dignity. They were also refused permission to put on a jacket unless it was during their break.

The Labour Inspectorate has taken proceedings against both Schweppes and the hostess agency which supplied the girls for “a very serious infringement” and told the Royal Tennis Club of Barcelona -1899 to “ensure the coordination of business activities in the field of occupational risk prevention in the Conde de Godó Tournament.”

A statement from the UGT said of its complaint and allegations: “Unfortunately, UGT-Catalunya has not been wrong and the Labour Inspectorate has been able to see what everyone saw and we denounced: the use made of the body of the eight women as advertising in the Conde de Godó Trophy contest of Barcelona and also the lack of guarantees of the coordination of the preventive activities in the labour risks of the workers in the Real Club de Tenis de Barcelona.”

“From our union we are satisfied with the performance of the Labour Inspection for the investigation of the facts and for the application of sanctioning and required measures to the companies involved, on the one hand for the lack of prevention of occupational risks in the workplace and , on the other hand, from the point of view of the sexist use that was made of the women’s body, which came to expose them physically until illness.!

“UGT-Catalunya will continue to denounce before the Labor Inspectorate, or where necessary, all conducts contrary to gender equality and sexist discrimination at work. We have a responsibility as a union and as an involved party in our society in the fight against sexist discrimination at work.”

It is understood the fine proposed is 25,000 euros each for both companies though it is open to present allegations and it will be the Ministry of Laborr, Social Affairs and Families who will impose the final sanction.