Plymouth council sick leave "too high"

Council staff in Plymouth took almost twice as much time off sick in 2010 as workers in the rest of the country.

According to new figures, workers called in sick an average of just over 12 days in the 12 months to October 2010. And although the absence record has improved dramatically over the past year, it is still far worse than comparable national figures.

The latest survey by the Confederation of British Industry, for 2010, showed that private sector workers each took just over 5 days off sick during the same period.

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