Swedish male train drivers don skirts in uniform row


Trains in Sweden

Twelve male train drivers in Sweden have decided to start wearing skirts to work after their boss banned them from wearing shorts in hot weather.

So what's going on, and is this the craziest ever uniform row?


The workers cover the Roslagsbanan line north of Stockholm. According to the BBC, their employer, Aviva, took over the line in January, and banned drivers from wearing shorts in hot weather.

They realised that they could not be banned from wearing skirts, on the grounds that it would be discriminatory, so the men have decided to embrace feminine fashions on hot days. One driver told the BBC: "We have always said that when summer comes, we will get some skirts and wear them. It's very warm weather here so we would like to wear shorts but if we can't then we have skirts for comfort".

Sky reported that the company would discuss uniform policy with staff in September. However, uniform at work can be a tricky area, and this group of men is not the first to fall out with their employer over the issue.

Uniform rows

In May Virgin Trains had to issue £20 vouchers for female employees to buy 'suitable undergarments' after complaints that new uniform blouses were so flimsy that dark bras could be seen through them. The train company denied that the blouses were flimsy, and added that it used the same material as a number of other companies - including Eurostar. However, it said that if anyone had concerns they could use the vouchers to buy tops to wear under their shirt.

A month earlier French train drivers were set to strike over their new uniform, because the trousers were too tight - and the same colour as police officers' trousers.

In Phoenix, Arizona, the police union has gone to court for compensation over the withdrawal of a black uniform consisting of polo shirt and cargo pants. The city is arguing that officers were never promised that they could wear the uniform, while the union points out that the uniform has been valid for 15 years. They are calling for millions of dollars in compensation.

And in Delhi, it's shoes that are causing problems for the police. After officers complained that standard-issue shoes were poor quality, the authorities started a long investigation. Now, three years later, officers are still not being issued with new shoes - and those on foot patrols are reporting shoes so worn out that they cannot walk.

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