LABOR groups urged the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to stop companies from implementing the mandatory wearing of high heels in workplaces for health reasons.
The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) cited in particular the plight of sales ladies in shopping malls, who are not allowed to sit down during work hours.
“We received many persistent complaints from salesladies working in department stores and malls that they are in pain walking and standing for long hours performing their jobs in high heeled shoes. They also worry that it might have long-term damaged on them. This is a grave concern to their health and safety and so we are asking the DOLE to prohibit employers from requiring their employees to wear high heel shoes in doing their work,” said Gerard Seno, ALU national executive vice president.
The high heel ban should also cover promodizers in supermarkets, waitresses, hotel and restaurant receptionists
and flight attendants, Seno said.
“Apart from the pain, working women also complain of injury after slipping, falling and tripping with high heel shoes on. This must be stopped. Women workers should not be compelled to put on high heel shoes against their will. They should not be exposed to any harm and danger at all times,” Seno said.
The government has no existing regulation that govern the wearing of high heels in the workplace.
The group, in a statement, also called on the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to also ban high heels in schools.
It asked CHED to create a regulation outlawing schools from requiring female students to wear high heels particularly those taking up hospitality and guest relations courses and training.
Researchers from the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom found that adolescents who wear high-heeled shoes are most likely to suffer postural disorders affecting head positioning, the back, pelvis and knee.