Boots made for walk­ing ... off the job

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News -

IT’S an iconic Aussie look worn by work­ers in the cities and the bush, but se­cu­rity staff at Syd­ney hos­pi­tals are putting their feet down and re­fus­ing to don R.M. Wil­liams boots and Akubra hats.

Se­cu­rity guards at hos­pi­tals in­clud­ing RPA, Con­cord, Syd­ney Den­tal and Can­ter­bury have been given a new uni­form in­clud­ing an Akubra hat and R.M. Wil­liams boots as well as a suit and tie. De­spite Syd­ney Lo­cal Health District claim­ing the uni­form was de­vel- oped in con­sul­ta­tion with staff, they are re­fus­ing to don the new at­tire, brand­ing it un­safe, a waste of pub­lic money and just plain silly.

“Dur­ing the ini­tial trial of the suit, I got recog­nised as a doc­tor, an FBI agent and an un­der­taker,” RPA se­cu­rity guard Peter Bachen said. “I don’t mind wear­ing the hat if I am out in the bush, but I look silly with it while wear­ing a suit.”

One of the hats guards refuse to wear.

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