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Sweden: Male drivers don skirts as Stockholm heats up

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M/S Driver chats to colleagues on platform M/S Driver at work, climbs on to platform M/S Male train driver walks past in skirt SOT. Train driver: "The boss said, yes ok, for the skirt, probably because he doesn't want to be discriminating anyone who really wants to have a skirt." M/S Driver sits in train SOT "If I had underwear, that's my secret." M/S Train pulls into station SCRIPT Sweden: Male drivers don skirts as Stockholm heats up Rail workers in Stockholm have thrown gender stereotypes under the train by turning up to work in skirts. Over a dozen train drivers and conductors operating the Roslagsbanan train line in northern Stockholm are wearing the skirts this summer to protest against their employer's uniform policy, which forbids shorts. The train company, Arriva, allows only long trousers or skirts, with employees seeing the latter as the best available choice to keep cool. Temperatures in Stockholm average around 15 celsius in June but can break in to the low 30s, leading to sweltering conditions on board the city's trains. Arriva reportedly says it can't stop men from wearing "women's clothing," since it would be discriminatory. As the driver stood in front of passengers and commuters, he was coy about his under garments, saying: "If I had underwear, that's my secret". The train driver explained that fears of discrimination in the work place made the dress code permissible: "The boss said, yes ok, for the skirt, probably because he doesn't want to be discriminating anyone who really wants to have a skirt." Arriva plans to revisit its uniform policy after the summer.