Poem: “Kill The Messenger”


Sick leave by public servants:

two and a half times the

private sector rate.


Stress and depression among the

leading causes.

Experts say these are signs of a

toxic workplace.


On the bargaining table, between the

unions and the government:

a proposal to reduce sick leave allowances.


No one thinks it will cure the


but all agree it will quickly bury the



(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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