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ISLINGTON CONSIDERS NO PAY FOR DAY ONE OF SICKNESS

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Labour controlled Islington LBC is considering scrapping sick pay for the first day of absence in a bid to reduce a...
Labour controlled Islington LBC is considering scrapping sick pay for the first day of absence in a bid to reduce a £6.2m annual bill for absenteeism, reports the Evening Standard.

Chief executive Leisha Fullick said she accepted that the proposals would be unpopular with staff. She thought only one other authority, Coventry City Council, has a similar policy.

'What we are doing is looking at ways of driving down staff and office costs, because we believe this is preferable to cutting front-line services for the elderly and children'

Councillors are due to discuss the idea this weekend at a seminar called to examine £16m of possible cuts. Other measures considered include increasing the working week by an hour.
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