No shorts or bean­ies for new train uni­form

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - MATT STE­WART

Shorts and bean­ies have been out­lawed for rail staff on Welling­ton’s com­muter net­work as new op­er­a­tor Trans­dev strives for a sleeker, more pro­fes­sional look for uni­forms.

But the sar­to­rial sanc­tions are not sit­ting well with the Rail and Mar­itime Union, which rep­re­sents many of the staff mem­bers.

There were also com­plaints that the new uni­forms were not warm enough as win­ter be­gan to bite.

Trans­dev is re­fus­ing to budge, and union gen­eral sec­re­tary Wayne But­son has said the mat­ter is not over.

Trans­dev Aus­trala­sia took over op­er­a­tions at the start of this month af­ter it was cho­sen for the Welling­ton net­work by Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil, and is op­er­at­ing in place of the Ki­wiRail-owned Tranz Metro.

The pas­sen­ger rail net­work ser­vices Welling­ton, Hutt Val­ley, Porirua, Kapiti and Wairarapa.

Re­tired Welling­ton train driver Bill Isted said shorts should be kept on as an op­tion for driv­ers.

The new uni­forms had a ‘‘very flimsy look’’ and it was ‘‘shock­ing’’ that staff were not al­lowed to stay snug in bean­ies.

‘‘They’re re­ally not look­ing af­ter the guys. They’re go­ing to ab­so­lutely freeze,’’ he said.

How­ever, Trans­dev Welling­ton chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Alan Ban­nis­ter said re­ac­tion to the uni­forms had been over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive.

‘‘Staff say the uni­forms are fresh and smart, and they feel good wear­ing them. Cus­tomers think they look mod­ern and pro­fes­sional.’’

Shorts had been banned be­cause of safety is­sues in a rail- way en­vi­ron­ment, while bean­ies had been re­placed with a cheese cut­ter hat. Gloves would also be avail­able to staff on re­quest.

‘‘The ma­jor­ity of our staff now work on the mod­ern, fully heated and air-con­di­tioned Matangi units,’’ Ban­nis­ter said.

‘‘Ther­mals are not stan­dard is­sue, but will be avail­able as part of the cloth­ing cat­a­logue in the uni­form pro­gramme.’’

The train staff uni­form from new op­er­a­tor Trans­dev

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