When you work for the State the first thing you learn is that you don’t have to work. Not everyday, anyway.
Sammy Wilson, the hamster-look-a-like who finds time to be Finance minister has hit out at civil service workers who “betray their own colleagues” after new figures show that sickness rates are costing the taxpayer £22.9m a year. He whined that the huge cost was “unacceptable in a time of austerity”. He hit out at those who take sick leave when they are healthy.
The figures show staff took an average of 11 days off a year. But the Department of Social Development had the worst record. Staff in the DSD took 14 days a year. The Civil Service has failed to meet its targets on absence levels.
Listen, it FAILS to meet figures every year and every year we get ritualistic condemnations from political frontmen whilst nothing changes behind the scenes.
The Trade Unions ritually claim that the reason so many in the Civil Service become sick (esp on Friday and Monday) is because of the “stress”. And anyway, it is only a very small number who are defrauding the taxpayer…
It’s obvious that there are some – not all but more than a few – within the Civil Service who have a very poor work ethic. One could extend this right across the Public Sector where we find that the number of days taken off “sick” are substantially beyond those taken in the evil capitalistic Private Sector. Obviously life in the wealth-generating sector is so much less stressful than working for the State!