Denmark -Union challenges bonus scheme -November 11, 2011

The FOA public services union is critical of an initiative to reduce sickness absence by the Billund local authority in the Southern Denmark region. The council is paying an attendance bonus and this may be taken up by other municipalities. FOA argues that if sickness absence seems too high, then this may raise questions about management responses and about understanding the causes of absence. The union makes the point that employees should not be forced to go to work if they are ill, particularly when they are working with the young, the sick and the elderly who would be more vulnerable to any contagious illnesses.




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