Qantas ditches heels, endorses make-up for all workers


Qantas cabin crew will have the ability to ditch excessive heels for residences, develop their hair lengthy and decide to put on make-up no matter their gender for the first time within the airline’s century-long historical past.

The “model and grooming” overhaul is available in response to long-held frustrations by workers, modernising workplaces and evolving buyer expectations, the airline stated.

Qantas uniforms haven’t modified, however designated “male” and “feminine” uniform determinations have been scrapped and grooming necessities overhauled.

Feminine cabin crew beforehand anticipated to put on excessive heels on long-haul flights had been asking to put on extra snug and sensible flat sneakers, a Qantas spokeswoman stated.

Equally, some male cabin crew expressed a need to put on concealer and basis.

“These modifications will make sporting our uniform extra snug and sensible,” the spokeswoman stated.

Included within the modifications for all workers is the choice to put on flat sneakers with uniforms, in addition to sporting lengthy hair in a low ponytail or bun.

All workers can now put on the identical jewelry, together with watches and diamond earrings.

Workers can even have the selection of whether or not to put on make-up or not, though tattoos nonetheless must be hid.

Hosiery will likely be required to be worn with a costume or skirt.

“The replace doesn’t change our uniform however modernises the way in which workers put on it in keeping with worker suggestions and evolving buyer expectations,” the Qantas spokeswoman stated.

The Australian Companies Union beforehand wrote a letter to Qantas chief govt Alan Joyce asking for make-up and excessive heel necessities to be eased for girls.

In an announcement, Qantas stated its uniform requirements had at all times been reflective of the instances.

“Within the 80s, sideburns needed to cease at mid ear, ‘gelled spikes’ had been out and we really helpful navy blue as the most effective eyeliner color,” the airline stated.

“Within the 70s, girls needed to put on skirts above the knee. At the moment, our workers can select whether or not or to not put on make-up, flat sneakers and boots are in, and strict guidelines on watch sizes are out.”