Record temperatures in Sweden have male train drivers showing more skin but Martin Akersten and his coworkers weren’t allowed to wear shorts so they literally skirted the dress code.
“We have always said that when summer comes, we will get some skirts and wear them,” Akersten told the BBC. “It’s very warm weather here so we would like to wear shorts but if we can’t then we have skirts for comfort”.
Employer Arriva found themselves in hairy situation due to discrimination laws.
“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 local newspaper, Mitti. “To tell them to do something else would be discrimination.”
The protest went on for 2 weeks with no complaints from passengers but Arriva relented after the story got out.
“We received so many suggestions from our staff, and we listened to them and decided to change our minds on this issue,” said spokesman Tomas Hedenius. “We’re talking to the union and looking at how to do this. Our aim is that they should receive the shorts this summer.”
The men say they are happy to trade in their skirts, which will still be allowed.
“I’m not going to miss the skirt though, I like shorts – that’s the whole reason I started this thing,” Akersten said.