CBI public sector sickness plans place quantity of man-hours over quality

Today’s CBI report – outlining £120 billion of public sector savings – talks of “improving workforce management by adopting good private sector practice, including better management of staff sickness and temporarily freezing the public sector pay bill”.

In reality, that “good private sector practice” – which the CBI claims would save £8.4 billion over the next six years (document, p.14) – would mean people working when unwell or afraid to take time off work through a combination of fear and lack of sick pay, according to leading trade unionists.

A survey in January this year revealed at least 40 per cent of British workers were worried about taking sick leave because “they were afraid it would jeapordise their jobs”, with nearly two-thirds “prepared to forgo basic employment rights to avoid risking their job security”.

And in February, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

“Too often we are told that British workers are always taking bogus sickies or taking time off at the first sign of a sniffle. But the truth is that we are a nation of mucus-troopers who struggle into work even when we are too ill because we do not want to let colleagues, clients or our employer down.”

4 Responses to “CBI public sector sickness plans place quantity of man-hours over quality”

  1. Swagata

    Plenty of people work when sick. In my office, the sick proudly display the latest box of macho-sounding cold or flu remedy on their desk as a sign they are slaving away. Not healthy but in these times you either work or risk being “chopped”.

    Worse, visit Tesco where staff don’t even get sick pay for the initial days of an illness. Other employers increasingly do this too. And this is not to mention all the workers on zero hour contracts who get no benefits and rights whatsoever, chances are that anyone unemployed who gets a new job from JobCentre+ will find themselves shoved into a zero hours contract. This hyperflexibility is making many people ill but the government pushes hard for it.

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