Calgary bus drivers are being encouraged to take better care of themselves, after a recent audit determined that an excess of sick days was responsible for Calgary Transit overshooting their overtime budget by 70 per cent.
The Calgary Transit Overtime Management Audit reveals that while the city had budgeted to pay operators $5.4 million in overtime in 2011, sick days and absenteeism resulted in a total of $9.3 million being spent.
The report found the biggest reason for paying overtime was to cover drivers away on vacation. A close second, however, was covering drivers who were absent from work due to poor health.
"Transit management should explore opportunities to minimize the frequency and duration of these occurrences. Promoting a healthy workforce would increase workforce availability thus minimizing the need to incur overtime costs," the report reads.
The audit found that there were 29,343 sick days in 2011. This was an average of 93 bus drivers absent from work every day. NotRead More »from Calgary’s overly-sick transit drivers asked to get in better shape