U.S. civil servants who do not receive their wages during the suspension of the federal government refuse to come to their jobs, although they are obliged to do so.


The Washington Post reports that they use the relevant provisions of the collective bargaining agreement or take sick leave to do so.
Absence at work is observed in the Internal Revenue Service, which collects taxes and registration of tax deductions, among employees of the Department of Transportation Security, the Ministry of Agriculture and even prison staff (guards in some prisons are forced to work 16 hours a day, and to patrol the territory are beginning to involve secretaries and cleaners).


Trade unions warn that the number of such absences will only increase if the budget crisis does not stop, and call it a coordinated protest.


The work of the U.S. government has been partially suspended since 22 December due to lack of budget funds. The fact is that the Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress failed to agree on the parameters of the budget, in which President Donald Trump wants to include funds for the construction of the barrier on the border with Mexico.