Union slams Tory group's council sickness story

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THE LEADER of a Portsmouth union has criticised the city's Tories for 'ill-informed, personal attacks' on council staff.

Portsmouth City Council's Tory group ran a story in its news-sheet Portsmouth and Southsea Local, calling for a crack-down on 'duvet days' for council staff.

Tory councillors are among those calling for staff not to receive sickness pay for the first three days they take off.

The news-sheet said: 'With sickness levels approaching 10 days per year per employee, a reduction would save millions.'

But Lindsay Williams, branch secretary of Unison trade union, said: 'Morale is at an all-time low. We will not tolerate further ill-informed personal attacks. Members should meet unions and HR officers, who can offer well thought-out remedial measures.'