On Sunday 19th May 2013 news broke that G1 Group PLC had installed two-way mirrors in the ladie's bathrooms of The Shimmy Club in Glasgow. The mirrors enabled the women in the bathrooms to be seen as they bent over the sinks whilst oblivious to the fact they were being watched. It cannot be claimed that these mirrors were installed for the safety of patrons or crime prevention as they were not installed in the male bathrooms and no indication of the fact that the mirrors were two-way was given anywhere in the venue. In addition, pictures of women taken from the two-way mirrors were posted to the Facebook page of the Shimmy Club by patrons who had clearly been given access to rent-able "booths".
The fact that these mirrors were installed by G1 Group shows a complete lack of respect for people's rights to privacy and a shocking attitude towards women. This is precisely the kind of practice that encourages the objectification of women, breeds sexual violence and is leading society away from sexual equality. This is also a violation of the Basic Human Right to Dignity.
Those who have signed this petition firmly believe that by participating in such an invasive practice G1 Group PLC have shown their true colours as an enterprise who shirk social responsibility. We believe that G1 Group PLC should not be commended for their behaviour in any shape or form until such a time as they begin to take on a form of corporate social responsibility which considers all the stakeholders of their business activities.
With this petition we are asking Investors In People and The Publican Awards to retract the awards that have been given to G1 Group in 2013. Their conduct in allowing these two-way mirrors to be installed in a club they operate surely does not sit true with any of the values that Investor's in People or The Publican Awards would wish to be associated with and certainly would not wish to advocate or reward. The signatories of this petition believe that in allowing the G1 Group to retain their awards for 2013 Investors in People and The Publican awards are condoning their actions.