The world famous Pirelli calendar could be banned from the firm’s UK tyres plant if the government passes a new equalities bill.
The proposed legislation states that if a firm allows material of a sexual nature, such as a topless calendar, to be displayed on company premises they could be guilty of harassing employees.
The Italina tyres manufacturers calendar is given free to workers at the Carlisle factory every year and some of the photos of scantily clad models are framed and hang in the factory.
However, the no-nudity clause is just part of the equality bill, which is the latest attempt to stop discrimination in the workplace by changing employment laws.
Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman is confident that the legislation would be passed.
About 25,000 are printed but as they are distributed around the world only a couple of thousand remain in the UK.
A spokesman yesterday stressed that the calendar is artistic and not viewed in the same vein as tabloid topless pictures.
She added: “I think the calendar has become such a cult phenomenon that it’s rarely what you see on garage walls these days, although we’ll have to see what happens if and when the legislation comes in.
“About 95 per cent of the requests for our calendars are from women, a lot of them are buying presents for their boyfriends or husbands.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office