Memo to marchers – pay can be docked
GOVERNMENT WORKERS who took to the streets yesterday to attend the protest walk organised by four trade unions may face disciplinary action.
The head of the Civil Service, Sonja Welch, sent a memo to permanent secretaries and heads of departments advising that they should take note of any employees who were absent from work without authorisation.
The memo was headlined: Reminder In Relation To Absence Of Officers Or Employees From Duty During Work Hours.
“I take this opportunity to remind permanent secretaries and officers of related grade of the provisions in Section 3.2. et seq. of the General Orders in relation to absences of officers or employees from duty during working hours,” Welch wrote.
“I have been made aware in the press of a union activity planned for today, but have not been made directly aware of such by the union.
“I therefore remind you that you should make a note of any officers or employees absenting themselves from duty during working hours without authorisation.”
According to the Civil Service General Orders, employees absent from duty without prior authorisation could have their pay or part thereof docked.
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