French bus drivers have won the right to wear shorts at work after turning up in the searing heat donning skirts.
The male drivers in Nantes were sick of having to wear trousers in the sweltering French sunshine while their female colleagues were allowed to bare their legs.
As a protest, the men wore skirts during the heatwave – where the temperature behind the wheel of the buses topped 50C – and their bosses decided to relax the company’s strict uniform policy.
One driver Didier Sauvetre who is a CFDT union member told Presse Ocean: ‘We envy women at moments like this.
‘Given that skirts are an authorised outfit in the company, we are wearing skirts.’
The company, Semitan, was meant to review its policy on June 30, but nothing came of the meeting.
But after the drivers got their pins out, the changes were made.
Another union rep Gabriel Magner said: ‘A modern outlook would allow us to wear long shorts from time to time. This is a form of discrimination. Women drivers can wear skirts, but not the men.
‘In this heatwave, the temperatures are reaching close to 50C behind our windscreens.
‘And given we have no air conditioning on our buses, it’s unbearable.’
Source: DAILYMAIL UK