Water company blasted for worrying about causing offence with ‘men at work’ signs

A WASSER company was fined over fears of being offended by signs reading ‘Men at Work’.

South West Water ordered a review after receiving a complaint that it considered “women’s contributions unimportant”.

ASouth West Water has been criticized for fears of causing offense with signs reading'Men at Work'


ASouth West Water has been criticized for fears of causing offense with signs reading ‘Men at Work’

But locals and activists said there should be more focus on leaks and lifting the nearly year-long hoseline ban.

The Equality Trust said a ‘men in the workplace’ notice posted on the side of a road in Exton, Devon, was sexist.

Director Priya Sahni-Nicholas said: “It is a reminder of the ongoing undervaluation of women, particularly in the world of work.”

However, Toby Young, an anti-vigilance culture activist, said, “The sign only needs to be changed if South West Water’s construction crews working on the streets include women.” Do they? I guess not.

“I assume the signs offend very few women. Organizations like the Equality Trust pretend to be offended to advance a bright political agenda.”

In April, South West Water extended a hose ban through December – after the wettest March in 42 years. Meanwhile, owner Pennon paid a huge £112m dividend to shareholders despite being fined £2.15m over sanitation in April.

Chris Hood, 30, of Plympton, said: “South West Water needs to focus on bringing prices down and getting rid of the hose ban, not this junk.”

A company spokesman said: “We are currently reviewing all of our signage to ensure it is consistent with our business values.”

SOUTHERN Water reportedly plans to bill its customers an additional £279 a year by 2030, a 73 per cent increase.

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing edmund@ustimespost.com.

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