Rome, August 1. (askanews) – “I consider myself a worker like all the others, but in my opinion we should be paid more for what we do”. F. is a lap dance dancer in the historic local Treviso ‘Mille Lire’ and, over a year ago, she joined the union with her colleagues. Exploitation, ambiguous working conditions, improbable contractual frameworks, piecework, black, unpaid contributions. This is the situation revealed by the CGIL Slot, further worsened with the Covid emergency, which caused a crisis that has long since fallen on the entertainment and entertainment sector and which led F. to start a dispute because for her, as for many workers and many workers, it meant to stop working, and without any protection.
An inquiry by Collettivo.it tells it – refers in a note – which starts from F.’s testimony to speak of an occupation that, “too many think it is not work, brand this whole world as deviant and guilty”, as the responsible for gender policies of the national CGIL Susanna Camusso, and for a “place of use of female bodies, for a ‘fun’ that exploits”. Nicola Atalmi, general secretary of the CGIL of Treviso, in the interview with Collective talks about “a dispute that is perhaps a little unusual, but which we treat like many others. For us, the workers of the Mille Lire have the right to be protected and represented and deserve respect”.
“That variegated world that we define of the show, of the entertainment – Camusso maintains – is often looked at and judged with the lens of prejudices and stereotypes”. Prejudices such as “that concern male and female workers for whom the implication, real or imaginary, is that they are sex workers. The definition, correct in itself, is often attributed regardless, and in any case with a judgmental tone”. For the union leader in too many “since they condemn him, in the name of their morals, they do not recognize that it is work and they do not question the characteristics and conditions” nor “on the market that determines it”. A “stigma that is particularly keen on women”.
For this reason, the CGIL’s Gender Policy Manager considers it “important, as well as fair, that the women workers have been accepted into the CGIL, on the basis of what must be the indispensable principle for us: a person who works has rights and protections, must have a contract and access to collective bargaining have the right to represent and be represented. For every job, that is, dignity must be recognized and no prejudice can cancel it. “