2017: Campaigning for the Decriminalisation of Sex Work
In 2017 ASLEF submitted the below motion to the TUC Women’s Conference calling for the decriminalisation of sex work:
The union held a fringe meeting as part of the conference programme to ensure that the voices of sex workers were heard ahead of the debate. Speakers at the meeting included representatives from the GMB sex workers branch, English Collective of Prostitutes and National Ugly Mugs.
The motion caused a degree of controversy and the conference delegation worked extremely hard to get the item to the floor. Debbie Reay, Chair of the Women’s Representative Committee moved the motion but unfortunately following a card vote it fell.
A motion on the same issue was submitted to TUC Congress in the same year but again fell.