British Airways allows female cabin crew to wear trousers
After a lengthy two year dispute over a dress code policy enforced by British Airways on new recruits, all crew members, male or female, will be allowed to wear trousers if they choose. The crew’s union, Unite, hailed the decision, which was made after an internal test case, saying BA was “joining the 21st Century”. 83% of Unite’s members at the airline wanted the option of wearing trousers.
Although for many years established crew members have been allowed to wear trousers, the newer “mixed fleet” of crew, who were employed under different terms since the strikes in 2010 and 2011, were subject to different rules. This meant the female crew of the 3000 strong mixed fleet had to wear a skirt unless they were exempt for medical or religious grounds.
Matt Smith, a regional officer of Unite said “Female cabin crew no longer have to shiver in the cold, wet and snow of wintery climates, but can also be afforded the protection of trousers at destinations where there is a risk of Malaria or the Zika Virus”