S.Africa - Effects of AIDS on the workforce...
- From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org
[AIDS will decimate our economy. AIDS might benefit Whites... because it
kills off the economically active portion of the Black population. Jan]
By: Antoinette Pienaar
East London - A study has found that employees with Aids-related
illnesses are off sick three times more than their HIV-negative
AIC Insurance conducted the study in the auto and textile industry in the
Eastern Cape. They found that people with advanced Aids-related illnesses
spent on average 32 days off sick a year.
They averaged four stretches off sick a year - each of between seven and
eight days at a time.
This is more than three times more than the general average.
AIC's chief executive Johnny Johnson, said on Tuesday that the costs of
absenteeism to a company was often underestimated. The indirect costs
were up to 200% of the direct costs, he said.
The study was based on information provided by 60 employers and it looked
at unique information of claims from the first day of absenteeism between
2001 and 2003.
According to Johnson, AIC is the only insurer that insures absenteeism
from the first day off sick.
He said the company was also working on a study with one of it's clients
who could throw light on the effect antiretroviral treatment was having