|Issue No 29
|03 September 1999
Dress Nazis: Undies, Jewellery in Uniform Code
A Sydney credit union has issued a dress code which specifies the type of underwear and jewellery that workers can wear.
The Dress Standards Code, distributed to staff at a city credit union instructs workers that "black underwear under light coloured clothing is totally unacceptable" and that "no bra straps (are) to be shown".
It also instructs workers that they can wear gold/white or silver jewellery only, no beads or shells and no visible body piercing. Earrings are limited to two per ear, while men are only allowed to wear studs.
The dress code also proscribes a skirt length (no shorter than 10 cm above the top of the kneecap), limits the colours of stockings and says that hair colours can only be "natural tone - no iridescent colour."
Finance Sector Union state secretary Geoff Derrick says the union have advised staff they don't need comply with the dress code.
"Every now and then we get an employer who think they know more about the fashion industry than the finance industry - we think they should stick to what they know best," Derrick says.
The workers involved have asked us not to disclose the employer's name
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