Skip to comments.The Great Inertia Sector: A whistleblower's account (sad but not too surprising)
Posted on 06/29/2010 12:46:08 PM PDT by grayhog
In his emergency Budget this week, Chancellor George Osborne announced he was cutting public sector expenditure by 25 per cent. Unions have declared the cuts irresponsible. But are they? Here, one employee for a large inner London authority lifts the lid on the culture of inertia and incompetence at his workplace. The Mail knows the true identity of the man - a graduate who has been a planning officer for eight years. But to protect his job, he is writing under an assumed name.
Monday morning, it's 10am and I'm late for work - but there's no point hurrying because even though I should have been at my desk 30 minutes ago, I know I'll be the first to arrive at the office. .... Our department has 60 employees and - until last Tuesday - a budget of £22million. I've been there for two years and in that period the only time I've ever seen every employee present and correct was at the Christmas party. At least ten people will be off sick on any one day... The departmental record holder is Doreen - she has worked a grand total of eight days in 14 months...
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
This is a pretty amazing read - wonder how much similar stuff goes on here with our government workers
My sister worked -for a while- at the State Department of Revenue.
A state representative requested the head of the department to hire one of her “proteges”.
This woman arrived promptly at 9:00 AM, walked into a supplies closet and closed the door - only to reappear at 4:30PM.
Inspection revealed that she had a portable TV, a cooler and a cot with pillow in the closet.
When sis pointed this out - repeatedly - to the department head, SHE was asked to leave....and did.
Over time, any government agency will become populated with many (not all, of course) drones. The more ambitious leave for better jobs, the lay-abouts gain seniority and can’t be fired. Moreover, in our state, it is considered a perk of office to get a state job (35% greater pay than comparable private work and l72% better retirement and medical benefits) for your unsuccessful brother in law.
Even some of our better politicians are fighting a proposal to declare the state employment records “open”. I guess they have some “hires” they need to protect as well.
It has been noted that California’s decline began in 1978 when Jerry Brown, as Governor, allowed state workers to be represented by Unions. Barring evidence to the contrary, I would agree.
Take back our Government - we pay for and deserve better!
At least ten people will be off sick on any one day. The departmental record holder is Doreen - she has worked a grand total of eight days in 14 months.
Doreen must be the unluckiest woman in the country.
In the past year and a half she claims she has: fallen victim to frostbite; been hit by a car; and accidentally set herself on fire.
But she’s really pulled out all the stops with her latest excuse:
That’s right, Doreen believes somebody in Nigeria has cast a spell on her and that it would be unprofessional of her to attempt to do the job she is paid £56k a year for while under the influence of the spell.
She has already been off for four months on full pay. I’ve no idea how long this spell lasts, but my guessing would be six months to the day - the exact amount of time council employees can take off on full pay before their money is reduced.
But having just eight weeks of full pay left won’t be a problem for Doreen and the rest of the council’s sickly staff - they’ll simply return to work when the six months is up, put in a day or two’s work and then go off sick for another six months on full pay again. Easy.
This is one of the most amazing articles I have ever read.
Where is the outrage in the UK ??????????
and Post #3 below
Where is the outrage in the USA ????????????