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Absenteeism rampant among DEH garbage collection workers

A Cayman 27 Freedom of Information Act request reveals rampant absenteeism among the Department of Environmental Health employees who should be collecting your garbage. 

Back in March, Health Minister Hon. Dwayne Seymour was very direct with a group of West Bay residents about the persistent problem with garbage pickup. It’s an issue that’s plagued Cayman for months as continues to do so. 

“Just a lot of laziness by some individuals who are supposed to be taking their jobs seriously and they’re not,” Mr. Seymour said of the DEH employees involved in garbage collection. “The staff just does not come to work and we have a problem there.” 

Through an FOI request, this is what we found:

  • There are 27 garbage truck drivers and drivers assistants 
  • They combined for 1,207 days off during the 187 work days from August 2017 through April 2018
  • That’s an average of nearly 6.5 employees taking off per day

Of the 1,207 days taken off during that time, 280 of those (23%) were due to employees being absent. 

24% of the days off were due to employees taking paid vacation, 20% were full paid sick days and 13% were sick days with no pay. 

Click here for a copy of the FOI response.

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Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 News Director Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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