Short, sharp, chaud: French bus drivers get right to look cool
State-owned transit operator finally bows to pressure
07/04/2018|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 07/05/2018
Paris bus driver Abdelkader Arioua poses in a bus wearing a bermuda on July 4, the new RATP uniform allowed during heat waves in the French capital. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
PARIS (Reuters) — As northern Europe swelters, Parisian bus drivers have won a years-long battle: the right to wear shorts during a heat wave.
French public officials generally wear formal uniforms, and employers show little flexibility.
But, bowing to longstanding staff requests, state-owned transport operator RATP will allow its 15,000 drivers to wear bermuda shorts or skirts from June to September when temperatures rise above 28 Celsius.
"It has been a recurring conversation every year and this year, surprise, we got them," said bus driver Abdelkader Arioua.
Men — who make up 90 per cent of the drivers — will receive trousers that can be turned into shorts with a zipper, while women will receive skirts.
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