The Public Sector is up in arms this morning.
Its God given right to down tools and cease work on âessential front line servicesâ whenever the Queen has an official birthday, or one of her children get married, or there is a bank holiday, not to mention the Sabbath and Friday afternoonsâ¦had resulted in a promising 11 days holiday in mid April by the simple expedient of taking three days of holiday entitlement between the official Bank Holidays of the 22nd, 25th and 29th of April and the 2nd May.
The Head of the Civil Service has put paid to that. Sir Gus OâFlannel issued a press release saying:
âThere have been requests for time off in between the two bank holidays. Weâve looked at those on a case by case basis and approved none of them. Holiday hasnât been authorised over that period at critical functions such as supporting front line services. Weâre taking a sensible approach in between the bank holidays to ensure weâve appropriate capacity across the public sector to support vulnerable clients and to give us the best possible chance of keeping our jobs in the current financial year.â
Those spotting sun bathing public sector workers between 22ndApril and 2nd May can be assured that they are genuinely on the sick list, not on holiday.