Branch Secretary : suz.muna.unite@gmail.com
  

Work stress at record levels - see our new resources

 

Seven in ten reps report problem

 

Findings published by the TUC on 10 October  indicate stress was at the top of the list of health and safety concerns in this year’s survey, with 7 in 10 reps (70 per cent) citing it as a problem – up 3 per cent since the last survey in 2014 when 67 per cent did so, and a higher proportion than in any previous TUC study.  Recent discussions in branch reps meetings reveal a similar problem.

 

Stress is one of the main causes of mental health problems, in particular anxiety and depression. It adds the problem is worse in the cuts-ravaged public sector, with central government, education and health services worst affected. The latest survey found a sharp rise in reported stress in medium-sized companies. TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The message from the shopfloor is clear, stress is becoming a bigger and bigger problem. Pressures of long working hours and low job security are being felt in workplaces across the UK.” She added: “It’s in no-one’s interests to have overstretched workforces. People who experience high anxiety are less productive and are more likely to take time off. Stress is preventable if staff have reasonable workloads, supportive managers and a workplace free from violence, bullying and harassment.”

 

Unrealistic workloads

 

Unrealistic workloads are often an underlying reason for stress at work and research backs up what our reps report – overwork is a major problem in the housing sector; 72% of housing workers reported unmanageable workloads in a recent survey.

 

TUC guidance on stress prevention notes that it is a problem that can affect anyone, and advises affected workers to talk to someone like a union rep, a friend, a GP or a support service. It adds stress-related illnesses caused by work are preventable. Employers have a legal responsibility to reduce or remove anything at work that could make you ill – and that includes workplace stress, the TUC says.

 

See the new branch resource here

POST A COMMENT!

Before Posting

We welcome debate and discussion on our website, but we also want an open, respectful, inclusive space in which forms of abuse or personal attack will not be tolerated. Comments will be moderated and will be removed if they are found to be unduly offensive. You should also be very careful in posting information about your employer. Employers do visit the website and if you think a comment could get you into trouble for releasing confidential or sensitive information, or for bringing the employer into disrepute, please do not post it. It remains your individual responsibility to ensure that what you post is appropriate. Please therefore just give a moment's thought to what you are saying. The types of comments that are likely to be moderated are:


  • Personal abuse or attacks on an individual.
  • Information which breaches another person's right to confidentiality.
  • The use of offensive language, including swear words, or language which is racist, sexist, or otherwise breaches equalities standards.
  • Anything that might place the Branch or the wider union in legal jeopardy.
  • Adverts or information which is posted for commercial gain.

* Name
* Email (will not be published)
Website
Comment
* field is required

NEWS ARCHIVE