|UK CAA Friend or Foe (Tech Log Issue 304)|
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The airline I work for is currently trying to implement a new sick leave policy for all staff which is trying to change certain elements that it feels are nessecary.
The main sticking point for me is the fact that they now want all shift workers (ie Engineers, flight crew etc) to obtain a doctors certificate for any day absent during the easter bank holiday weekend and also during a 10 day period at Christmas. As most GP surgeries are closed during those periods or part of, the chances of actually getting a certificate are slim.
Does anyone else have such a system in place and if so does anyone else think it might actually encourage staff, that are critical to aircraft safety, to come into work when sick for fear of losing payment?
|Yes Billy, They want us to provide a doctors certificate even for 1 day over those periods metioned despite it clearly stating in our contracts that we can self cert for 7 days.|
|Ive heard this kind of thing before albeit not in an aviation environment. The employers in question did it to get round the fact that some people liked to take regular sickies. The problem comes with with people who are genuinely ill and dont do sickies. Lets face it, a lot of people dont go to the doctors unless an arm is hanging off.|
It will certainly mean that some people will feel pressured into going into work when ill and the possible impact on safety. One solution in that situation would be for a sympathetic shift supervisor (for example) to send the ill part home but that wont be a possibility for a lot of staff.
|As far as I am aware its UK law that we can self cert for the first 7 days but I guess argue your case and you will be victimised. Isn't is comforting to know that we have to do a HF course every two years :D|
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