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Optus bosses tell staff they can only leave their desks for the duration of Melbourne Cup | News.com.au

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IT’S the race that stops the nation – but only for three minutes and 20 seconds if you work for Optus.

The telco is among many Australian companies imposing strict time limits on how long staff can celebrate the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.

While it’s a public holiday in Victoria, many NSW workers have been warned they have just a few minutes to watch the race before they’re expected to get back to work.

Optus staff were told last week they could step away from their desks only from the time the horses leave the barrier until they complete the 3200m race – about three minutes and 20 seconds.

Staff would need to apply for an annual leave day if they planned to extend celebrations beyond that time limit.

One staff member, who did not wish to be named, said she and her colleagues were shocked at the heavy-handed approach: “It’s totally unnecessary. Talk about ripping the fun out of the day.”

via Optus bosses tell staff they can only leave their desks for the duration of Melbourne Cup | News.com.au.

Strange Random Horse Race Quote:

“The one thing I do not want to be called is First Lady. It sounds like a saddle horse.” – Jacqueline Kennedy

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