Strippers have rights too

Australian ruling sets minimum working conditions
||Last Updated: 05/04/2006

A stripper's work is never done, but in Australia, she now has the right to take a break after she takes her clothes off.

The country's Industrial Relations Commission approved new workplace rules for members of the strippers' union, the Striptease Artists Australia.

"We've got rights to have public holiday pay now, which we've never had in our career before," a union spokeswoman called Mystical Melody told the Associated Press. "We've got rosters and set hours. We can't work more than 10 hours a shift."

The award also entitles unionized strippers to overtime, rest periods, meal breaks and maternity leave, she added.

The commission's ruling sets out minimum working conditions, but does not set out pay rates.

In the past, some strippers criticized the union, saying its demands for better pay and conditions could lead to job losses.

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