Tough year for city civil servants

Morale was low at Montreal’s city hall in 2013.

Employees were shaken after revelations at the Charbonneau Commission, multiple raids by the anti-corruption squad, and to top it off, the arrest of former mayor Michael Applebaum.

That prompted a huge spike, 30 percent, of employees to seek help with the employee support program.

A report in La Presse said the program supported a large number of staff with administrative changes and targeted raids.

The anti-corruption squad raid in February 2013 is said to have caused employees to go through shock, there were 23 cases of post-traumatic stress. The year prior, there were 14.

In all, 2101 employees sought support in 2013 compared to 1619 in 2012.

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  1. Paul posted on 06/02/2014 06:17 AM
    A very tough year for Montreal taxpayers.
    With all the revelations of Montreal's culture of corruption at the Charbonneau commission and the Mayor's inability to fulfill his election promise and keep taxes below inflation, taxpayers just don't know who they can trust anymore.
  2. Jenny posted on 06/02/2014 10:49 PM
    I am heartbroken NOT. Try WORKING in the private system without the protection of a union and pension/benefits like the taxpayer (like me) you bleed dry. Feel no pity for these lazy bums...
  3. David posted on 06/03/2014 01:03 PM
    Probably due to the fact everyone in the place knew what was going on and feared they would lose their jobs or go to jail along with their bosses.
  4. ssm posted on 06/03/2014 08:43 PM
    Is this for real? Most Montrealers don't have this "employee support program" for this kind of "problem". Hard to feel too sympathetic for these privileged "Montrealers" when so many have real problems just surviving in this overtaxed city.
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