11/06/2014 10:23 EST | Updated 01/06/2015 05:59 EST

Regina's Government Employees Are Taking A Lot Of Football Sick Days

A Saskatchewan Roughriders fan cheers during first quarter CFL Western Final football action against the Calgary Stampeders in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010. The winner will face the Montreal Alouettes in next week's Grey Cup game. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry Macdougal

REGINA - The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is taking a closer look as to when government employees in Saskatchewan are taking their sick days.

CTF prairie director Colin Craig highlighted how the top days for ministry employees to call in sick included the days of and after the Grey Cup Parade, the day of the CFL expansion draft, days around Christmas and New Year’s, and even the day the video game "Grand Theft Auto V" was released.

Craig thinks it’s more than just coincidence.

He says his group is not saying that every person who phones in sick on those days is faking it, but he says there's clearly a correlation.

According to Statistics Canada, the average Saskatchewan worker outside of government took roughly seven sick days in 2012 compared to the 11 days taken by those working within government.

The CTF also noted how Mondays represented 11 of the top 25 sick days.

Craig thinks the government can save a considerable amount of tax dollars by making one simple adjustment.

“What we want the government to do is to just scale back the number of sick days that they offer in the first place because it tends to be a lot higher than what people in the private sector get.”



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