A “management action plan” that was supposed to reduce sick days among the City of Hamilton workforce has yet to bear fruit.
The latest staff report confirmed that the city is on track to lose record a 11.7 million dollars to employee sick days this year.
Councillor Chad Collins says it’s evident that some departmental managers are doing a poor job of implementing the plan.
Council vowed last year to crack down on absenteeism after a report showed the average unionized city worker took 11 sick days in 2011 costing the city about $11.6 million.
That figure was up from $9.9 million in 2007.
City manager Chris Murray said he understands councillors’ concerns and suggested the city will have to consider “dramatic” actions, such as renegotiating language around sick time in collective agreements.
As an example, most employees don’t have to submit a doctor’s note until they’ve been off sick for five days.
Collins insists that there’s an opportunity to save a lot of money without impacting service which makes it a priority.