Council whistleblower tells all….

Posted: June 27, 2010 in Broken Britain

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IlieThe Daily Mail is carrying a whistleblowers account of council work which lifts the lid on the culture of inertia and incompetence at his workplace. The full story is HERE but if you are like me and cannot be bothered to read a huge amount of words, well the whistleblower does work for the council, here are the main points.

Thirty minutes late but still first to arrive

Been there for two years and in that period the only time they’ve seen every employee present and correct was at the Christmas party.

At least ten people out of sixty will be off sick on any one day.

Council employees can take off 6 months on full pay before their money is reduced but then simply return put in a day or two’s work and then go off sick for another six months on full pay again.

A worker can take two weeks off before having to produce a doctor’s note.

With the five weeks’ annual leave plus bank holidays, even the most conscientious worker in their department is easily taking 12 weeks a year off.

Some London boroughs recently introduced a new scheme whereby anybody who did an extra 15 minutes’ work a day for 20 days could take an extra day’s holiday.

Next worker in performs his morning ritual of taking both his phones off the hook.

Whistleblower once wandered down to the ‘Streetcare’ department to ask why nobody was answering the phone. But only two staff had turned up that day and they were both in the prayer room.

Bosses have bonuses dependent on not getting high numbers of complaints. If they don’t deal with them they are not recorded.

Meeting on Thursday to discuss the Chancellor’s proposed cuts – there was talk of strike action among the younger workers, but much rubbing of hands among the ‘untouchables’, many of whom could walk away with six-figure golden goodbyes.

IlieBy the way, eggs have to be sold by weight not numbers now.

British shoppers are to be banned from buying eggs by the dozen under new regulations approved by the European Parliament. For the first time, eggs and other products such as oranges and bread rolls will be sold by weight instead of by the number contained in a packet.

Until now, Britain has been exempt from EU regulations that forbid the selling of goods by number. But last week MEPs voted to end Britain’s deal despite objections from UK members.

The new rules will mean that instead of packaging telling shoppers a box contains six eggs, it will show the weight in grams of the eggs inside, for example 372g.

But hold up, doesn’t that mean every box now has to be weighed, individually labelled with the eggs weight, bar coded individually for checkout and will be a different price? Won’t that put up the price of eggs because of added labour costs in these extra production processes?

Waterering down policies, it’s a coalition thing

Home Secretary Theresa May was accused last night of watering down a Tory pledge to bar immigrants unless they can speak good English.

The promise was a central part of David Cameron’s Election campaign. But it has now been disclosed that the families of asylum seekers allowed to settle in the UK will be exempt from the ban.

Labour MPs said the Conservatives had been forced to drop their hardline stance by their Liberal Democrat Coalition partners who support uncontrolled immigration.

  1. Howard Thomas says:

    How many people that vote Libdem are aware that they are the most pro immigration / pro EU party that there is ? Hmmmmmm ….tought not!

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