Bus drivers in the United Kingdom are calling a policy that requires them to wear deodorant and wash regularly "insulting and disrespectful," a British newspaper called The Times reports.
First Bus says it drafted the policy after receiving too many complaints about drivers' personal hygiene.
The policy requires drivers to "wash regularly, wear a clean shirt daily, and use deodorant." The dress and grooming code includes requirements for drivers to keep hands and nails in good condition, to tuck in shirts, and to maintain well-polished shoes, the newspaper reports.
"Management think their drivers don't wash regularly, change their clothes or keep themselves clean -- this is the way adults speak to little children," a driver tells the newspaper. "It's insulting and disrespectful and if the company doesn't pay for the deodorant there is going to be a real stink. We just won't put up with it."
The Transport and General Workers' Union is telling drivers they should just ignore the policy and wait to see how the company enforces the rules, the newspaper reports.
"It's just company jargon, a lot of it," a local leader of the union tells the newspaper. "Just ignoring it is the best solution. We will wait and see what they do to enforce any of it."
Source: The Times