'Sexist' laws to be axed

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 October, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 October, 1996, 12:00am

Laws protecting women workers are to be dropped after they were branded 'sexist' by the Labour Advisory Board.

But unionists last night said the laws, which bar women working in dangerous places, should be extended to men - not dropped.

Confederation of Trade Unions executive secretary Elizabeth Tang Yin-ngor said: 'If they promote equal opportunities, they should enact something to protect men from working under similar conditions, not dropping the regulation.' Angela Ho Choi Wai-yee, chief executive of Equal Opportunities Commission, said it was necessary to remove the act.

'I can't understand why something is dangerous for women and not hazardous for men,' she said.