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Employer groups are concerned many Australians will take a sickie on Friday and head to the beach as part of an extended Australia Day long weekend. Photo: Fairfax

Australian employers worried everyone will call in sick on Friday

By Michael Gorey

More Australians than usual are expected to be ill on Friday after celebrating Australia Day, prompting employer groups to plead that workers take annual leave instead of a sickie, while unions say there are bigger issues to worry about.