Presently in Canada there are approximately 200 departments, agencies, commissions, crown corporations and councils that create over 500,000 civil servant jobs in Canada. Civil servants are hard working people, but than again who isn’t in today’s modern society. One thing that differs civil servants from the majority of the Canadian workforce is the amount of extra holidays that they get. I suppose civil servants work harder and tire more easily than us regular working folks.
This must explain why they get extra days off. And while the majority of the Canadian workforce will head back to work on Monday, civil servants will get an extra day to sleep in. The really creative government folks I’m certain will head for a 1.5 hr drive to enjoy the extra day off with a shopping trip in Buffalo.
And the rest of us…well we will head back to the grind consisting of another exhausting and maybe stressful workday as our recycling bins don’t get picked up, government phones are answered by voice-mails and oddly enough license and health card renewal lines will be non existent – government offices are closed for the day.
The only bright side for most of us this Monday morning is that the traffic will be lighter. Rather than taking me half-hour to get to work, now it will take me ten minutes. I guess that saves me 20 minutes and technically gives me an extra 20 minutes of sleep.
Even the banks are open on Monday and even the Pope will report to work on Easter Monday, which also happens to be one of the most holiest holidays for Christians. And despite all the holiness, Easter Monday is still not a stat holiday.
In my opinion I think the reason that civil servants get more days off than the rest of the working class…well I don’t have an answer for that, however I know that millions of dollars are lost in labor each time civil servants get the extra day away from work.
Let’s plugin some numbers.
According to Statistics Canada the average hourly rate for a civil servant is $32.78. Nice wage, huh? Anyways….$32.78 works out to $262.78 per day. Remember how many civil servants there are in Canada? Half a million roughly and if we multiply that half a million by the average hourly rate of a civil servant we get over $131 million of lost labor.
Hang on for a second though…..isn’t the Canadian Government looking decrease the post 2008 recession deficit and find innovative ways to manage their spending as introduced in Budget 2012. I guess they can afford to lose $131 million dollars of labor on Easter Monday and another $131 million on Remembrance Day (actually it’s slightly less than that, as Teachers work that day), but I’ll use the KISS method (Keep It Simple Stupid) and compute a total of $262 million of lost labor this year alone for the government.
This concludes my mini rant.
For the regular working class I hope you’re enjoying your long weekend, and if you’re a civil servant in Ontario – Happy shopping in Buffalo.
Happy Easter Everyone!