Swedish Train Drivers Wear Skirts

It gets warm working on the railways around Stockholm in the summer and in recent weeks male employees have been revolting against a ban on shorts by coming to work clad in skirtsmaybe they are also without underwear 🙂

The workers, who operate the Roslagsbanan line north of the capital Stockholm, have been wearing skirts to work for the past two weeks.

Rail operator Arriva ordered the ban, despite claims from one worker that cab temperatures can hit 35C when the sun is shining.

But the company has given the men its blessing to wear skirts, according to local newspaper Mitti.

“Our thinking is that one should look decent and proper when representing Arriva and the present uniforms do that. If the man only wants [to wear] a skirt then that is OK,” Arriva communications manager Tomas Hedenius told the paper.

“To tell them to do something else would be discrimination.”

Driver Martin Akersten told the BBC he and his colleagues came up with the idea to wear skirts after they were informed of the new company dress code in the winter.

“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”.

Installation of air conditioning in the drivers cab is too expensive! Maybe – or the company prefer  a men dressed in skirts. But it is always nicer to see women’s legs in skits



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  1. Ian says:

    I cannot take this seriously. Why would any company in such circumstances impose a ban on wearing shorts?!! It would be interesting to hear the legal side of this!! I would imagine that it is the Company not the drivers who are laying themselves open to ridicule!!

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