Boots made for walking ... off the job
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.