Imagine turning up at work day by day and doing completely nothing. Or higher but, staying at house and doing nothing and nonetheless getting paid. The dream is a actuality for 30 French civil servants.
French taxpayers have been spending greater than €1 million per 12 months to pay the salaries of 30 so-called “phantom” bureaucrats within the southern metropolis of Toulon, a report by the Provence-Alps-Riviera Regional Audit Office, seen by native newspaper Var-Matin, revealed.
One of those ghosts picked up his state paycheck whereas concurrently working a managerial job within the personal sector, whereas all 30 acquired promotions and pay will increase based mostly on seniority, regardless of not working for greater than 25 years.
The staff initially misplaced their jobs when water providers in Toulon had been privatized within the 1990s. Local authorities failed to discover them alternative jobs, and had been due to this fact certain to preserve paying their wages.
“It is regrettable, to say the least, that the town was not able to find new jobs for a few of these workers, particularly the youngest,” the audit report learn. The report additionally criticized the “jobless” staff for staying on the federal government payroll till the necessary retirement age of 67 to maximize their pensions.
While cash for nothing may be a very stunning story, French personal sector staff have usually bemoaned the ‘jobs for life’ tradition of the civil service, which employs almost one in 5 French staff. Furthermore, an Economic Ministry report in March revealed that extra than 300,000 civil servants had been failing to work their statutory 35 hours per week.
The report comes after months of unrest in France, as staff protested their rising tax burden and falling wages.
In a bid to placate an indignant public, French President Emanuel Macron promised to minimize 120,000 public sector jobs by 2022, to facilitate tax cuts and a discount of €60 billion in public spending. However, the deliberate layoffs have additionally triggered mass protests.
Macron has additionally promised to go legal guidelines forcing staff to truly present up for their 35-hour work week, and clamp down on workers taking extra than their 5 weeks annual depart.