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Hundreds Of Council Employees Have Been On Long-Term Sick

Friday September 6 2013

MORE than 450 staff at Barnsley Council have been on long-term sick in the last year - almost 12 per cent of its workforce.

The council defines long-term ill-health as an absence of four or more consecutive weeks.

Figures show that of the 3,782 council staff, not including relief workers, there were 453 employees who had been on long-term sick during 2012/13.

A spokeswoman for the council said some of these staff will have since left the authority but confirmed latest figures signalled a drop in the long-term sick numbers compared to 460 employees in 2011/12.

The spokeswoman said sick pay for these workers is paid in accordance with the employees' conditions of service, which means the amount paid can vary.

She said long term sickness absence, presented as full-time equivalent days per employee, shows in 2011/12 it was almost seven days, in 2012/13 this dropped to six days and the target for 2013/14 is five days.

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Reply Posted by swampy on Friday September 6 2013 at 14:14
Lazy gets!
If the swinging't lead get rid on em an al ev their job

Reply Posted by LOL on Saturday September 7 2013 at 11:27

Reply Posted by LOL on Wednesday September 25 2013 at 10:59

Reply Posted by Mark on Sunday September 8 2013 at 21:58
This is staggering. This is clearly an area where Houghton and his chums should be wielding the axe. Would instantly solve many of the towns financial problems. How can our crazy council allow this to continue.

Reply Posted by BMBC Employee on Wednesday September 11 2013 at 12:53
I was one of the employees that was off long term sick due to having a major operation that left me unable to work for 17 weeks. It seems Swampy, LOL and Mark wants to tar everyone with the same brush. Just to put things into perspective acording to the 2011 census 7% of Barnsley residents are classed as long term sick thats over 16,000 people are they all lazy?

Reply Posted by BMBC ANOTHER GRASS-CUTTER on Thursday September 12 2013 at 10:15

Reply Posted by Jaydee on Thursday September 12 2013 at 03:54
A lot of people who work for BMBC have been employed for many years, some surpassing their 30 year mark. It is only natural that as people get older they will get more long lasting ailments, this does not mean they are all lazy or 'swinging the leg'! Some of us do over and above what we are paid for, we do not get tips or a thank you like other professions do, we try to do our jobs to the best of our abilities because we are proud to be serving the people of Barnsley. Please do not tar us all with the same brush!

Reply Posted by Mark on Thursday September 12 2013 at 12:15
Just to clarify. Of course I'm not suggesting that everyone who works for BMBC and who takes time off work due to sickness is 'swinging the leg' However, there is a culture, particularly within the public sector, of high absenteeism due to supposed sickness. Based on the revelations in this story the matter should be fully investigated and malingerers should be 'moved out of the door'

Any conscientious worker in the public sector will know of work colleagues who are weak-willed and look for any excuse to take time off. Let's be fair it's rife. You know it and I know it. The public sector could be slimmed down and made more efficient at the same time. In this situation everyone would benefit, apart from the skivers and shirkers.

Reply Posted by LV on Sunday September 15 2013 at 12:10
I can see where Mark is coming from - I have seen when people are taking a lot of time off for no reason at all - but by the same token I have seen people who are genuinely ill pushing themselves back to work too soon because they don't want to be off!!

Reply Posted by Adie on Sunday September 15 2013 at 12:13
Agree with James. On flip side I've found that self employment is the best cure for all ailments. Those who can be off work on full pay, are off work on full pay

Reply Posted by king louis on Sunday September 15 2013 at 20:34
My wife works in a large store in meadowhall and employees always come in with illnesses that spread through the staff in store because they fear being off ill gives the wrong impression. At least 4 times each year she too is working while ill because of this stupid reasoning

Reply Posted by Anon on Tuesday September 17 2013 at 20:18
Another story to give everyone bullets to fire at the council. You want to try working for the council over the last couple of years and see if it would make you ill. Fed up of people thinking council staff have it easy, you don't know the half of it. We have lost 50% of our work force but have nearly doubled the work. So you then you have the public moaning you are not doing your job properly blah blah blah.............I deserve every penny I earn and more to have to sit and listen to how some people think it is acceptable to speak to me!!!!! AMEN!!

Reply Posted by King Eric on Tuesday September 17 2013 at 21:04
You have not lost 50% of your workforce and neither has the workload nearly doubled. Get real. It is about time that you started to earn the money that you are paid. I have a feeling that a 'moaning minnie' like you would struggle to exist in the real world.

Reply Posted by Mike on Tuesday September 17 2013 at 21:15
Its pathetic! and with a survey of council workers spending most of their time on Facebook. They should have the same rules as private sector employees. Its not a charity.

Reply Posted by LOL on Friday September 20 2013 at 08:35