In 2018, strippers and other sex workers joined UVW to start organising together and fight to change the industry from within.

In the UK, stripping, like other forms of sex work, is legal, but workers have very few rights and protections at work. Strippers are misclassified as ‘self employed’ (independent contractor), but have to work to strict rules and are often forced to pay high ‘house fees’ to even work in clubs. They have been exploited for ages and they have had enough!

UVW work with strippers and dancers across the UK to establish ‘worker’ status, which will enable them to claim basic rights at work, such as annual leave, sick pay, a guaranteed minimum wage and the right to organise in a trade union. We have already had a few wins for dancers and our group is growing by the day.

Follow the group on twitter and instagram or join us for regular meetings at Common House is east London.

The strippers group is organised in partnership with x:talk, a sex workers support project and in conjunction with Decrim Now, the campaign for the decriminalisation of sex work.

Women’s Strike 2018 action outside the windmill strip club in soho.

Women’s Strike 2018 action outside the windmill strip club in soho.