[an error occurred while processing this directive]
POV - Point of View
City hall leadership appears absent
Just when we thought some semblance of calm and normality was returning to London city hall, we learn, in fact, little has changed.
According to a report delivered to board of control behind closed doors, we learn absenteeism among civic employees is as much as double typical municipal workers.
It's not just shocking. It's an affront to every hard-working employee in every company or organization in this city who drags themselves into work when they're not feeling up to snuff.
Absenteeism is a management issue. Clearly, there are city managers incapable of doing what they're paid to do -- manage people.
It's time to start firing people.
The cost of firing and disciplining workers who don't want their jobs will be expensive, but not nearly as costly as allowing employees who languish in jobs they don't deserve to spread their cancer.
This is not about harassment and abuse of employees. That is poppycock. If it were true, we'd have heard loud and clear from union leaders, workers, the courts and the human rights commission.
It is simply a lie to suggest nothing has changed at city hall since Steve Joksas (who was eventually fired) was promised he could return to his job after serving a sentence for the brutal sexual assault and torture of a co-worker.
However, just how much change chief administrator Jeff Fielding has delivered since his arrival in 2004 is in question.
Why? There's another thread to this story: secrecy at city hall.
When we see senior management and board of control meeting behind closed doors to discuss a controversial topic such as absenteeism, how can we possibly know how much change has actually occurred?
Such a discussion beyond the ears of the public by any political body is illegal, according to the Ontario Municipal Act. Yes, there may justification for some talk of absenteeism behind closed doors, but it's a general topic. If the talk turns to specific individuals, close the door.
Council had the option and chose secrecy over the transparency Deputy Mayor Tom Gosnell has repeatedly promised.
Lack of open debate allows problems to fester within public bodies.
Make no mistake. The public is not going to accept anything less than concrete, aggressive action that does not include offensive offers of incentives for employees to come to work.
They get a paycheque just like the rest of us. If they don't want to come to work, fire them.
No more kid gloves. No peace offerings. No incentives. No more hollow words of co-operation and empowerment between management and unions. No more talk about changing the work culture.
Not one more verse of Kumbaya, Mr. Fielding.
POV - Point of View|
POV-Point of View
As published today in the London Free Press
Harper can't hide from detainee scandal (Jan. 2, 2010)
Stephen Harper gets full marks for being a tough, practical, savvy politician.
He's good at the game. He has sharp elbows.
He takes no prisoners.
But does he retain even an ounce of idealism ...
Leave games in Vancouver, not on Parliament Hill (Dec. 31, 2009)
Canada's Opposition politicians are again expressing their shock and fury at Prime Minister Stephen Harper again proroguing Parliament -- but that's not why we're unhappy with his move.
In fact, it ...
Please, let's leave nasty politics behind us (Dec. 26, 2009)
Here's a holiday wish: That next year, all our relationships -- including our politics, which is just relationship writ large -- can become more positive, constructive, fruitful and respectful.
Nortel bonuses epitomize a baffling trend in business (Nov. 30, 2009)
There may be good reasons why Nortel Networks Corp. is handing out salary hikes and bonuses (yet again) this year, but it will be hard pressed to justify it to former employees fighting for severance ...
Now not the right time for cuts to army reserves (Nov. 27, 2009)
It's disturbing news that the army is cutting staff, training and recruitment in reserve units across the country.
We learned this week that Southwestern Ontario's 31 Canadian Brigade Group has sla ...
SEARCH all POV Letters
Letter to Editor|
Letters to the Editor
As published in today's London Free Press
drownings (Jul. 27, 2910)
With all of these drownings this summer, it is only a matter of time until the McGuinty government will come out with a swimming licence.
We can file it away with our boater's licence, fishing lice ...
environment (Jun. 7, 2910)
As global population surges toward 9.1 billion people by 2050, western diets rich in meat and dairy products will become unsustainable, according to a United Nations Environment Program's report re- ...
Faith groups out of line (May. 8, 2910)
This article McGuinty scraps sex ed (April 23) notes that the revisions to the curriculum were released in January, and that the changes went "mainly unnoticed until . . . the president of Canada ...
Earth Day cleanup a crappy experience (Apr. 24, 2910)
For Earth Day, my project was to clean up Trafalgar Woods on Railton Ave. Ninety per cent of the pickup was either plastic bottles or doggie droppings thrown indiscriminately into this beautiful area. ...
Muslims (Aug. 31, 2020)
Regarding the article by Islamic apologist Tarek Loubani in last Saturday's paper, need I remind him that Muslims are the only ones who have members of their group attempting to harm and destabilized ...
SEARCH all Letter to Editor Letters
Reader to Reader|
Reader to Reader
As published in Saturday's London Free Press
shoe box (Oct. 19, 2010)
Join the Annual Shoebox Campaign!
Would you like to bring some joy to a child in the third world? The Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Campaign does just that! Canada is one of eleven donor countr ...
thank you (Oct. 19, 2010)
This is a submission for the "Reader to reader" column The Volunteer Committee of Orchestra London would like to thank everyone who so generously supported our recent Fall Rummage Sale fundr ...
choir (Oct. 19, 2010)
New Members welcome for the Ailsa Craig and Area Community Choir. Choir practice is every Thursday from 1:00 pm to 2:45 pm. with a short break for refreshments. Under the direction of Sharon DeVree, ...
anniversary (Oct. 18, 2010)
Here is an announcement re the upcoming Anniversary Service at our church Oct 23 is the only date that it is relevant - we are most grateful if you can fit it in that day thank you The congregation o ...
Health care (Oct. 18, 2010)
Cudos to Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital. What a Peasure to deal with this hospital during a recent surgery . Doctors and Staff acted in the most curteous, professional and expediant manner. This ...
SEARCH all Reader to Reader Letters
Londoner to play for Canada at the World Cup 6v6 (Jun. 23, 2010)
Are you aware of this article in the Ottawa Citizen? My son Shawn is a player on the CUFC men's 6V6 team going to South Africa to play and represent Canada during the World Cup. He is from London Onta ...
Immigrants (Mar. 5, 2010)
Recently while driving around the city I have noticed a number of (not all) London police cruisers with a slogan written on the rear fender in Arabic. If the slogan has to be in another language shoul ...
Mike Houser article (Feb. 8, 2010)
Yo, Morris, Ryan, LFP in general. Today was the second time, I noticed, that you published Jared Knight's picture for Mike Houser. Check your stock picture.
You are driving us Saunders fans and pla ...
Tiger (Jan. 10, 2010)
recentley released portion of Tiger woods diary:
Jan 5th at home, life a living hell. wife hit me with 3 iron Jan 6th at home, life a living hell, wife hit me with 5 iron Jan 7th at home, life a li ...
An Open Letter To Pierre McGuire (Jan. 6, 2010)
Do shut up.
SEARCH all Sports Fanfare Letters
[an error occurred while processing this directive]