Yesterday Statistics Canada published a nice counterpoint to part of the relentless drumbeat against public employees by organizations like the Fraser Institute and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Last December the CFIB published a report noting the horrifying finding that when it came to sick, disability and personal days off, public sector workers averaged 12.9 days compared to 8.2 days in the private sector. The report suggested the difference was “pure entitlement.” The CFIB said provisions should be aligned with the private sector and that accumulation of sick days should be eliminated or limited for public sector employees. The September 19 edition of the Statistics Canada Daily, however, suggests there just might be a reason for the difference in sick leave use.
Well, then. Gentlemen! We must kneecap StatsCan and hamstring its ability to research and present inconvenient facts!
Oh, wait …
(h/t Erika Shaker and Trish Hennessy)