The impressive Left Foot Forward yesterday wrote about the CBI’s latest report arguing that not only working people, but sick working people, should foot the bill for the bankers’ bail-out.
The main thrust is arguing to legislate as the norm that which currently takes place only amongst the lowest paid workers in retail and hospitality – i.e. a general retreat from sick pay as a statutory right and rather an emphasis on employees to work despite illness.
This recommendation of course marries very well with the obvious Tory delight in the prospect of creating ‘austerity Britain’ for the poor but not for the rich during the next government. It should be seen as part of the likely package of severe cuts to living standards that George Osborne is preparing to undertake.
The article contains an excellent quote from Brendan Barber of the TUC, setting the record straight on the supposed pandemic of sick-note culture:
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.
I recommend daily visits to Left Foot Forward.