Was it just as unethical for the managment to offer the option of a sickday when they wanted to save money?
Where they not colluding in abuse of the system?
Ideally they should not have given the option, but having been given it is it unethical to take up the option?
The Government could stop uncertainty for business by legislating all public holidays either to a Monday or a Friday and this alone would cut the 'sick day' bill considerably.
The dockyard allowed sick days to acrue for three years but one could only take off the yearly allowance, in bits and pieces, the rest of what had been saved, was for hospital or recuperation from injury (always possible in a dockyard).
The managment were liberal in granting extra leave in serious cases.
Infections, such as colds and influensa, can race through a submarine particularly among those working in the 'confined spaces'.
An example of a confined space was what was called 'the duck's arse', this was at the very rear of the ship and was where the rear hydroplane shaft went through. The entry hole was so small that a brawny painter and docker would grasp me around the thighs and I, hands above my head, would be inserted into the space. I could then support myself on my hands,lay on my back and he'd push my feet up.
Once comfortably inside (!) I'd take the necessary measurements and when finished the docker and I would reverse the procedure.
There were confined spaces inside the sub that were almost as bad.
Samuel, I am not responsible for anyone's ethics except my own. I worked for a police chief who wanted to be able to "fix" tickets for his friends. I couldn't stop him but he could not "fix" any of my tickets. I wouldn't do it for him. He was responsible for his ethics and I was responsible for mine. For me, taking a sick day off when I was not sick would be unethical. Just for me. Some guys put in for overtime they didn't work. They could do a wonderful job justifying it. I wouldn't do that either. I didn't take free meals in restraurants and I would have dinner with cops who did take free meals. Everyone knew I wouldn't do that so some cops didn't every go to dinner break with me. That was fine.
My standard was simple. Would it be something I would be ashamed to tell my children I had done. If your children asked you, Samuel, if you take sick days off when you aren't sick, would you proudly say, "Yes, I do"? If you son or daughter then said, "You know, Dad, I feel like I might be having another cold coming on so I'm staying home from school for a few days to protect the other students," would you say, "I'm proud of you son."
If your son's teacher wanted him to cheat on an important standardized test, would you encourage your son to cheat because the teacher wanted him to?
Do what you want, Samuel, but don't tell me that taking days off work sick when you are not sick is ethical behavior. I don't believe it is. Actually, there an old, rather long thread, about sickies from about four years ago. That poster wanted new excuses.