Leaning on his shovel for the first three hours of his morning shift, Council Worker Tay Kiteasy (27) and his co-workers have plenty of time to chat about the news, the government and what’s going on with the Covid vaccine rollout that is supposed to be happening but is already behind schedule. According to this gaggle of human fence posts, it’s not that slowness of the roll out that is their major gripe – no, they’re upset that the Government has bungled the art of going slow on projects.
“Mate the nerve of them. They’ve just started this roll out and already they’ve announced they’re behind. That’s a rookie mistake if ever there was one,” said Tay. “Everyone knows you don’t let the bosses know you’re behind schedule until well after the end of financial year – in the second year.”
Nods of agreement and murmurs of “Yep” come from the circle of shovel leaning “workers” who’ve been “working” on the same stretch of the Bruce Highway for the past five years.
“Seems like they need some guidance in handling this rollout. First, don’t ever give them an end date. Second, when they force you into a deadline, be as vague as possible – be ready on a day after the next thing. Third, always tell ‘em it’s a funding issue and that you need more. They’ll play possum, but there’s always more cash hidden somewhere in the budget,” suggested Tay.
While the rest of the country awaits their chance at the vaccine, Tay and his associates will continue to monitor the number of potholes in the Bruce Highway and maybe one day actually do something about them.