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Public Accounts Committee Reports

Part of Committee Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 4:30 pm on 29th September 2009.

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Photo of Jim Wells Jim Wells DUP 4:30 pm, 29th September 2009

That progress is commendable, but can the Minister explain why there should be any inherent difference between absenteeism in the public sector and the private sector? Absence levels in the public sector are still 50% above what would be tolerated in a private company in Northern Ireland, yet the work is largely similar. The overall target has to be to reduce the public sector’s average rate of absence to the same level as that of Northern Ireland Electricity, for example, or, indeed, any shop or business in the Province.