Swine flu has hit London Underground staff, but there is still no clear statement from management that absences will not count as an item under the Attendance policy.
The potential consequences of this are frightening. Under the regime of fear created by the Attendance policy, staff could be so scared of disciplinary action that they come to work with swine flu, and risk infecting both fellow workers and the travelling public. The London Underground network could be a transmission belt for the pandemic around London.
As there have already been fatalities from this illness, this is literally a life-and-death issue.