HR Strange But True!
May 17, 2001

Would bringing a little glamor to the uniforms of airline crews be so bad? If you're the union representing British Airways crews, the answer is yes.

To jazz up its uniforms, British Airways recruited fashion designer Julien MacDonald, creator of "cobweb couture" for the likes of Elizabeth Hurley, Nicole Kidman, and Joely Richardson.

But after MacDonald said he looked forward to meeting with airline employees to hear about their "vision" for the uniform, the Transport and General Workers Union saved him the trouble, saying it didn't want members to be objectified.

Cabin crews "are safety professionals, not marketing initiatives," a union spokesman told the Reuters news agency.

An airline spokesperson dismissed the union's concerns, saying the designs would combine practicality and sophistication.

Disputes over uniforms have become, well, fashionable in British industry. Workers at South West Trains are staging a series of one-day strikes partly in protest at having to wear gaudy red waistcoats.

Source: Yahoo! News

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