More than 300 NIB employees called in sick yesterday. It’s still unclear how many employees called in sick today.
NIB advised that it will provide its full range of services at its headquarters on Balliou Hill Road.
“Management will focus on ensuring that critical services, such as issuing short-term benefit and pension payment checks, are provided to our customers,” NIB said in a statement.
“Family Island offices will also be impacted and further updates on closures and pension payments will be provided throughout the day.”
NIB said the Occupational Health and Safety Unit will address emergency industrial and medical cases only, however, customers can continue to submit industrial accident forms (B44) at the Carmichael Road office.
Meantime, NIB has advised the providers for the National Prescription Drug Plan that there may be disruption to services.
“All available measures will be undertaken to minimize the impact to our customers as a result of the operational challenges being experienced by NIB,” according to the statement.
“We apologize for any inconvenience caused, and appreciate the patience and understanding of our customers as we work to address the staff absences facing the board at this time.
Yesterday’s sickout came one day after scores of NIB employees protested outside the company’s headquarters.
Among other issues, the Union of Public Officers (UPO), which represents NIB’s 400 line staff, is concerned with unfair hiring practices, stagnated industrial agreement negotiations and delayed issuance in benefits.