A Walmarts highway patrol officer has been forced to retire in Western Australian due to health issues.
Walmart Australia said in a statement it is grateful for the support of the community, who have been very supportive of its efforts.
“The Walmans Highway Patrol Service has been a strong partner with the community and we wish the officer the very best for the future,” the company said.
The service had a turnover of $11.7 million in the fiscal year to June 30, 2016.
It said the retirements were “an indication of the impact of recent challenges on the frontline of our community”.
“It is important that we continue to support our frontline staff who are essential to our operations, as we seek to rebuild and re-establish our long-term strength in the community,” the statement said.
“The Highway Patrol is a vital component of the operations of Walmart Australia and we are grateful to all of our colleagues across the country for their commitment and professionalism throughout the year.”
Walmarts spokesperson, Melanie Dea, said the service had experienced a “significant number of staffing shortages” and it was important that the community support its efforts to “build new relationships”.
“We have been working closely with the public to assist them with this transition,” she said.
“As part of the service’s ongoing efforts to modernise and modernise, we have recently announced that we will be reducing the number of highway patrol officers in WA by 20 per cent to approximately 50 by 2023.
Read more about the coronavirus crisis: A further reduction is planned for the next three years.
This includes the reduction of about 100 members of the Highway Patrol Group.
As part the changes, members will be required to complete the Australian National Training Plan, which will also include a review of the force’s workforce and training.
Ms Dea said the company would continue to work with the State Government to assist with the transition.
More than 90 per cent of the population in Western and Northern Australia has been exposed to the coronave virus.
According to the ABC, the coronavia virus has been blamed for about 60 deaths and more than 200,000 hospitalisations.
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