FEDIL wants government to fight absence abuse
(CS) Luxembourg business federation FEDIL has estimated that abuse of sick-leave costs around 100 million euros a year, calling for measures to combat the issue.
With the DP-LSAP-déi Gréng coalition in office for roughly half a year, the organisation submitted a review to the government last week, proposing cost-cutting measures of around 300 million euros.
Some 100 million euros alone could be saved by introducing measures to fight absence abuse, president Robert Dennewald argued.
In Luxembourg, a doctor's certificate needs to handed in at work on the third day of absence, with Dennewald saying that no small number of people will abuse the system to take a day off work by simply calling in sick.
Speaking to RTL radio, he therefore suggested that this day should be unpaid. Other EU countries, such as France, already have such a system in place.
Alternatively, FEDIL proposed that during the first five or first ten days of sick-leave, employees are paid only 80 percent of their salary.
In 2013, absenteeism in Luxembourg was at 3.7 percent. Over a third of short-term absences under 21 days were due to infectious diseases, such as the flu, gastroenteritis, sinus infections or colds, with other illnesses, depression, accidents, broken bones and trauma accounting for another third. The final third of absences were due to “other” reasons.
The Luxembourg association of banking and insurance sector workers ALEBA commented that the suggestions were unacceptable, saying that not all employees can be punished on the basis that some abuse the system.
Reporting by Maurice Fick