Queensland rail to keep shorts for train crews

by Stephanie Zillman29 Jun 2012

Widespread outcry was provoked earlier this year when the previous Queensland labour government announced train drivers would be issued with trousers in light of safety concerns over their trademark look of shorts and socks.

Far from being well received, angry train drivers issued a statement through the Rail, Tram and Bus Union, saying they had not be consulted, and it was an unwanted change. “It's far from necessary for our members to wear long pants, particularly in summer when they're working on a train,” a union rep commented.

However, it’s now smiles all round as the new liberal government led by Campbell Newman has just announced the new uniforms will not be going ahead. Although Queensland Rail was unable to confirm the cost of the new uniforms, they were believed to be in the vicinity of $3-4m.

When is it acceptable to wear shorts?

According to one popular blog, The Art of Manliness, there are two permissible scenarios when it is acceptable to wear shorts at work:

1. When there’s a good reason to (temperature, environment, location); and

2. When you’re not conducting client-facing business or attending a formal ceremony/event

NB: “In our modern world it also seems worth saying that a man who plans on leaving an air-conditioned house to get in an air-conditioned car and drive to an air-conditioned building can endure wearing trousers no matter what the weather is like. At the point where you have that much climate control you might as well wear the sharper-looking garment that better compliments your build.”

Photo: The Courier Mail


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