John Lewis removes ‘boys’ and girls’ labels from its children’s clothing

John Lewis has launched a range of gender neutral children’s clothes, thereby becoming the first retailer in the UK to remove “boys” and “girls” labels.

The department store said it did not want to “reinforce gender stereotypes” with its childrenswear, which now has unisex labels on all clothing from 0-14 years.

School uniforms are still in gender categories but are expected to switch to unisex soon.

Caroline Bettis, head of childrenswear at John Lewis, said: “We do not want to reinforce gender stereotypes within our John Lewis collections and instead want to provide greater choice and variety to our customers, so that the parent or child can choose what they would like to wear.”

The line includes items such as blue and white striped trousers and a jumper with dinosaurs on it.

Campaign group Let Clothes Be Clothes, which highlights gender stereotyping in children’s clothing, is thought to have been consulted by the store before the change, which it said was “fantastic news”.

McDonald’s faces first UK strike

McDonald’s is facing its first ever industrial action in the UK in a dispute over zero-hour contracts and working conditions.

Workers at Cambridge and Crayford, south-east London, began the 24-hour action at midnight. A union called it a “brave” move by low-paid staff.

The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union said staff want a wage of at least £10 an hour and more secure jobs. The strike also comes in response to poor working conditions and workplace bullying.

McDonald’s said the action related to internal grievance procedures, not pay.

A company spokesman said: “We can confirm that, following a…