San Francisco, Dec. 30 (Reuters): Two, four, six, eight the strippers at the Lusty Lady want more money to titillate!
The US’ only unionised showgirls have turned to sexy slogans like that to spice up the picket line in their fight for better wages and increased sick days to boost benefits they say are too skimpy at the San Francisco peep-show-style club.
And with other light-hearted chants like “Bad girls like good contracts” and “Starving strippers ain’t got nothing to shake,” the ladies of the Lusty Lady are drawing attention to labour issues they say are important to all workers, no matter the profession.
The management could not be reached for comment at the club that was unionised in 1996 and offers an average hourly wage of $14 to $24 per hour.
London (Reuters): Harry Potter’s creator J.K. Rowling was the top woman earner in Britain this year, a new salary rich-list revealed on Sunday. Her annual pay of £48 million was six times greater than the salary of Queen Elizabeth, according to The Mail on Sunday’s annual list. Rowling’s tales of a teenage wizard have been a worldwide publishing phenomenon and the focus of two hit films. The writer was followed on the list by pop superstar Madonna’s pay of £27 million. The U.S. singer and actress qualified for the list because she lives in London with her film director husband Guy Ritchie.Next in line were investment banker Robin Saunders, Weakest Link TV quiz presenter Anne Robinson and Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.
New York (AFP): In the grim, dark days of prohibition New York police raided clubs for illegal drinkers. These days, they are hunting down dancers. Despite the city’s global reputation for a thriving nightlife, dancing is a strictly regulated activity in New York — subject to 1926, prohibition-era “cabaret laws,” originally designed to control Black speakeasies in Harlem. The laws limited the music that could be played and required I-D cards and fingerprinting for everyone who officially worked in a “cabaret.” Over the years, the restrictions have been whittled away, but one crucial statute has remained — a ban on dancing in any restaurant, bar or club that does not have a cabaret license. Twenty people sitting in a bar without a cabaret licence listening to, say, Brazilian music, is perfectly legal. However, if a couple decide to stand up and indulge in a quick salsa, the bar could be closed down immediately.