Public-sector sick days on life support?

Ottawa calls absenteeism ‘exceedingly high,’ union says government is misleading Canadians
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/03/2013

Following months of high-tension negotiations, Ontario’s teachers saw their sick days cut and the right to bank unused sick days removed when their agreement with the provincial government was finalized earlier this year.

As a result, many started using up their sick days, leaving schools searching for substitute teachers to cover the slack, according to an article in the Toronto Star.

Just days later, the federal government announced it planned to tackle employee absenteeism in the public sector, citing an annual absenteeism rate of 18.2 days, including paid and unpaid leave, compared to 6.7 days in the private sector.