The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) has released data showing an astounding gap between sick leave taken by Government workers in the province and everyone else.
Statistics Canada data shows bureaucrats in Manitoba (working for all levels of Government) used, on average, the second highest amount of sick/disability leave days in Canada; an average of 12.1 days in 2012.
Only Quebec was higher at 12.2 days, while the average
non-government employee in Manitoba used only 7.1 days.
“It’s unacceptable for governments to be raising taxes while their employees are taking nearly double the number of sick days as everyone else,” said CTF Prairie Director Colin Craig. “Governments should cut back on sick leave abuse instead of raiding taxpayers’ wallets.”
Across the country, federal government employees took 17.9 days of sick leave, according to the most recent Treasury Board survey.
In comparison, the most recent national report from Statistics Canada shows employees working outside of government took only 6.7 sick days in 2012.
Government employees at the Department of National Defence booked off sick 18.6 days in the 2011-12 fiscal year – more than three and half weeks, in addition to paid vacations which range from three to six weeks.
Veterans Affairs employees booked off 24.2 sick days, averaging more than a month of sick time.
Avg. Sick Days by Province
Quebec: (Gov't) 12.2; (Non-Gov't) 8.5
Manitoba: (G) 12.1; (NG) 7.1
B.C.: (G) 12.0; (NG) 7.4
Nova Scotia: (G) 12.0; (NG) 8.4
P.E.I.: (G) 11.3; (NG) 6.9
Saskatchewan: (G) 11.0; (NG) 6.9
New Brunswick: (G) 10.7; (NG) 7.1
Newfoundland: (G) 10.7; (NG) 7.9
Alberta: (G) 9.1; (NG) 5.6
Ontario: (G) 8.8; (NG) 5.8