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Swindon Sickies

BBC NEWS | England | Wiltshire | Council sick note for 60,000 days

Around 60,000 days were lost by Swindon Borough Council to long-term sick leave in one year, a six of which was for "psychological" reasons.
Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show that about 500 employees took long-term sick leave between September 2005 and 2006.
Long-term sick leave is defined as being absent for more than 20 days.

The figure the BBC didn't include in their report is that Swindon employs only 5793 Full Time Equivalent people (FTE equals 37 hours a week). So despite an "on-site occupational health service" and a caring employer the Swindon employees are a sorry sick bunch, of course there wouldn't be the hint of any swinging of the lead would there?


psychological reasons? I guess that is the polite way of saying the council is stuffed full of lazy workshy bastards.

The problem is that staff can take the piss as much as they like, and thanks to the nanny culture we are now subjected to, they can't get sacked and the council tax will just go up and up to pay for it. It is too much of an effort for those managers who are also not off sick to get a grip, as they know that in the end there is nothing they can do, and that they are all on a mad merry-go-round.

As an employee at Swindon Council, I can tell you most members of staff who are on sick for psycological reasons have every reason to be.

The chief executive has just been given a pay rise to £190,000 a year and 24 directors have been created who are paid £100,000 each.

Meanwhile the front-line workers on £20k and less are being made redundant or their contracts are placed with an external agency to fund this senior management profligacy.

At the same time services are being cut year on year with the Conservative administration claiming they want to give residents "value for money".

It's enough to make you sick, sick, SICK.

sick note,

Why don't you leave then? There's probably going to be another 5 years or so of Conservative rule in Swindon, so save yourself the stress and go and get yourself a job at Zurich or Honda.

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