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2018-06-18

Pigeon

A clean, safe work environment? Pigeon Poo!

Our Retail members are no strangers to having to deal with their fair share of “crap” at work. But for members working at Vic Park Post Office in Western Australia, the proof definitely is in the “poo-ding”.

Their pests are on the next level — and they’re not the paying customer type.

On a recent workplace visit, WA Branch Secretary Barry McVee discovered that a flock of pigeons had taken a serious liking to the outlet - and taken it upon themselves to do some exterior, and interior, redecorating. On the exterior, bird droppings black–out the skylights while interior shelving in the customer area of the post office didn’t miss out on their fair share of avian faeces. 

An old wive's tale would assert that the outlet is in for some seriously good luck, but members working at the outlet strenuously disagree. The birds’ overwhelming presence in and around the outlet is a serious health and safety hazard and your Union is assisting members who are experiencing various health issues suspected to be directly linked to the exposure.

Furthermore, the Branch has demanded health checks for all members who have worked at the outlet in the past 12 months along with the establishment of a register to track any future health issues experienced by those members that may be related to the exposure.

Our members are entitled to work in a clean and safe work environment — and your Union will continue to hold Australia Post accountable to their responsibilities to provide exactly that at Vic Park, along with every other outlet across the country. 

Is Australia Post providing you with a clean, safe work environment? If not, let us know by contacting your State Branch Office for assistance.

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