A WEEK AGO at cabinet, a presentation was given on the sickness record of Thurrock Council employees. Council employees take an average of 11.4 days off per year, which according to the Labour administration is far too high.
There was a determination to do something about it and an in-depth discussion about what systems were in place to help absentee staff.
Absenteeism in the private sector stands at an average of 7 days per year.
Last night, over twenty per cent of the councillors failed to attend a vital meeting of the full council.
There seemed a certain irony in that the meeting was dominated by a presentation from Essex Police which focussed on the 1100 members of staff that may lose their jobs. Indeed, Operation Midsummer at the weekend was spearheaded by special constables, unpaid amateurs, who give their time after a long working week to help fight crime.
Corringham councillor, Ian Harrison is mourning the death of his partner, Daphne Hart, whilst shadow deputy leader, Amanda Arnold is abroad dealing with a family illness.
Others absent included Claire Baldwin, Wendy Herd, Amanda Prevost, Sue Gray, Lynn Carr, Terry Hipsey,Tunde Ojetola and Steven Veryard.