London Underground train drivers call in sick four times more than the average Londoner, it has been revealed.
According to the Evening Standard drivers take on average 14 days off every year - compared to just 3.5 days for the average Londoner, and 4.4 days for the average person nationwide.
But wait, put down your pitchfork and take a chill pill - there's a rational explanation. If you did take the chill pill as suggested and you were a train driver then you wouldn't be able to come to work as fairly understandably, Tube drivers aren't allowed to drive trains when on medication.
The RMT Union's Steve Hedley told ITV, "You can imagine if somebody's on medication it makes them drowsy. If that person is working in a shop, perhaps you'll get the wrong change [but] if it's a driver then lives are at risk."
The Standard also quotes Tube boss Steve Griffiths as explaining that "Any staff on sick leave are treated with fairness and consistency and employees with unsatisfactory levels of attendance are given an opportunity to improve their attendance". Staff who pull one too many sickies will still be given the appropriate bollocking, apparently.
Still, this top line figure won't do much to satiate the Tube's most vocal critics. Perhaps it is time to think again about the silly proposal to replace the Circle Line with a massive travelator? [Evening Standard]