Sat, Mar 21, 2015 - Page 3 News List

Post office unveils new uniforms

By Huang Li-hsiang and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Post office workers demonstrate their new uniforms at an event marking Postal Day in Taipei yesterday.

Photo: CNA

State-owned Chunghwa Post Co yesterday unveiled newly designed uniforms for its staff.

Designed by Liao Chia-lin (廖佳林), the new dress for female managers has been adapted from the style of a qipao(旗袍), woven from light-blue colored linen, with the buttons — 5 in total — ordered from Swarovski, while the dresses for female counter staff have been ordered from Tiffany & Co with three different scarf designs and skirts adopting a more businesslike feel, according to Chunghwa Post affairs secretary-general Chen Ching-hsiang (陳敬祥).

Costing NT$6,500 (US$205) and NT$2,640 for two sets respectively, Chen said the manager’s dress aims to reflect the position’s professionalism while taking into account female grace.

The company estimates an expenditure of NT$20 million for changing over the uniforms for all its staff, comprising of 9,997 mail carriers and 12,000 office staff, Chen said.

The controversial light-green color of its mail carrier uniforms is set to be replaced by the traditional dark-green color, Chen said, adding that the uniforms for all personnel working outside would use anti-UV fabric in accordance with international standards.

The company has also worked on improving previous designs where women working away from the office could be exposed when reaching back for mail as the uniforms were buttoned. Chen said that the new uniforms would be zippered while the pants would focus on defining the shape of calves.

Female postal workers who learned about the uniforms were excited and said that they would finally be able to tell their upper and lower bodies apart.

Utility was the most important aspect of the design of uniforms for mail carriers with multiple pockets added, Chen said, adding that the uniform sought to make mail carriers appear younger and more energetic.

Every mail carrier will receive three sets at a cost of NT$1,200 per set, Chen said.

The company hopes to complete all uniform changes by the end of April, Chen said, adding that as male office staff had already received their new uniforms, they would not be included.

Meanwhile, Chunghwa Post chairman Philip Ong (翁文祺) said the company made NT$12.1 billion after tax last year and contributed NT$6.9 billion to the national coffers, adding that the company’s stock exceeded NT$3.03 per share.

Ong said that the company had increased its investment capital to NT$65 billion, and hoped to increase this to NT$100 billion.

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