Four busdrivers in the public transport were fired for “poor performance” and chronic absenteeism. In just two and a half years, the employees of Atac, public transport, had summed 900 days of sick-leave, for the most part justified for illness and taken near holidays. Although the company had been sending the tax inspectors to their homes and filed a legal proceeding against them, the four continued to rarely go to work.
“The will of our administration is clear: we want, without any witch-hunts, optimise the efficiency of our transport company, from which depends the quality of life of millions of Romanmen and women explained the Mayor of Rome, Ignazio Marino-I know that the vast majority of Atac workers think this way, in the interest of citizens and for the dignity of their work”.
The Roman company has announced its decision after the chaos caused by strikes Friday, April 17, when the service had gone haywire even outside business hours because of the labour unrest and in anticipation of days, on May 1st, and periods as the Jubilee in which transport will be a crucial point in the city’s roads.
Specifically the four drivers had accumulated almost a thousand days of absence-of which more than 600 for sick-leave-between January 1, 2013 and April 2015. The personal “record” totalled 403 days absent, of which 239 for disease. “The activity falls within the scope of a monitoring plan that the company is carrying out on sick-leave, explained a spokesman for the Atac-such analysis, motivated by the need to improve productivity, as expressly provided for by the business plan, focuses on employees who have accumulated a number of sick-leave above average recorded in its category”.