Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

Workers fear sack for being ill

Workers fear of being sacked if they are ill, a report has found
Workers fear of being sacked if they are ill, a report has found

Workers are reluctant to take time off if they are sick for fear of being sacked or made redundant, a new report has claimed.

The union-backed Labour Research Department also found that employers are cracking down on sickness absence in the wake of the recession and the looming wave of job losses because of spending cuts.

A survey of 800 union and safety reps found that some managers in private firms were setting "zero" absence targets or cutting bonus pay if people were off sick.

Some council workers said they were losing sick pay if they were off ill for more than four days a year.

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