A tipster in the Victorian government’s State Revenue Office tells us the staff are battling a tiny enemy that is having a big impact:

“There is a HUGE mice problem at the office of State Revenue Office 121 Exhibition St Melbourne. This has been evident to management for at least past 8 weeks but management’s response has been too laugh it off and say its a building-wide problem and there is a mice plague across the CBD.

“This doesn’t make it any easier for staff who feel the workplace has become unsafe. Today a nest of baby mice were discovered in one staff members drawers — the fourth time similar discovery has happened in the past month. Cleaners remove the cabinet but it was otherwise shrugged off even though many staff in surrounding parts of office are disgusted by how big the problem has become. The only message from management has been to accept there is some mice activity which has been observed but that whilst people keep food in their cupboards, you should expect mice.

“Yet that is not good enough. Most office workers would store small amounts of packaged food at their desks but would not expect to have mice running all over the place. A big OHS issue that management are too lazy or incapable to deal with.”

We’ve asked the State Revenue Office about the issue but have not heard back. For the record, the Crikey bunker, at the other end of Melbourne CBD, is so far rodent-free.

Peter Fray

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