14 years ago
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Netherlands: Complaints about construction workers dress
The heads of a contractor firm working on a large renovation project
in Almere were asked last week if the construction workers could
change their short pants into something with longer legs. The Muslim
neighbors had complained about the workers wearing such bare clothing.
In order not to succumb in the tropical heat of the past weeks, the
men had exchanged their work overalls for short pants and a t-shirt.
Construction workers Robin Willemsen says that they all walk around
with short pants. Together with his colleagues he's renovating the
outside of 750 residences in Almere.
Willemsen says that the contractor came to tell them that Muslim
neighbors had complained that their clothing were too bare and too
short. The comment was duly noted, but Willemsen says that they don't
intend to dress in overalls in such sweltering heat.
The complaints were new for Richard Hekert of construction firm
Mateboer from Kampen, and he says there were agreements about correct
clothing, and that includes short pants and t-shirts too, but if
residents think it's a serious nuisance, they'll see how they can