MONTREAL – Bleu, blanc, rouge are colours Montrealers sport with pride but in Toronto, transit workers are up in arms about proposed uniforms that some employees complained looks too much like the Canadiens colours.
Union president, Bob Kinnear told Global News, there are a number of reasons why they are not happy with the red and blue-striped shirts uniforms.
“The top of the list seems to be the fact that they reflect the Montreal Canadiens colours but the fact is it doesn’t look professional.”
He adds, “if you look at the colour scheme, with the red and blue of the golf shirts, it really doesn’t match the rest of the uniform.”
Some staff have also complained that it looks like a bad dream from the 1980s, referring to Nightmare on Elm Street villain, Freddy Kruger’s uniform.
The outrage eventually sparked a response from TTC CEO Andy Byford.
He said the uniforms are nothing more than a proposal and a final design hasn’t been agreed on yet. He added that he prefers blue and white uniforms.
“Byford is reasonable man,” Kinnear said adding that he believes Byford knows imposing a uniform on workers that they all hate, won’t increase morale or professionalism. Kinnear was quick to concede however that while the union has a say in what material is used for the uniform and how many are ordered for each employee, the decision as to what the uniform looks like is completely up to TTC management.
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