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When you can’t stand the heat, put on a skirt!

BY John Wilson
Employment Law & HR
BG Purple

Ah Sweden, known for leggy blonde popstars, funky flat-pack furniture and... cross-dressing train drivers?! That’s right, some of our male Scandinavian cousins have been discovering the pleasures of female fashion.

The train drivers in question work for train operator Arriva running a line north of Stockholm. During the winter, Arriva changed the uniform policy for train drivers and conductors, meaning that working attire would be restricted to either trousers or skirts.  

Not a problem during the parky Swedish winter. However, during the summer working temperatures in the train cab can reach an uncomfortable 35 degrees. When their request to wear shorts was refused, a plucky handful of male train drivers decided to follow the company’s uniform policy to the letter and reported for work in regulation skirts.  

And, in typically tolerant, laid-back Swedish style, the employer appears to have accepted the train driver’s interpretation of the rules. Spokesperson Tomas Hedenius said: “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”.

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