WiredGov Newswire (news from other organisations)
TUC: Stress is top concern at work, union reps warn
Stress is the top concern in UK workplaces, according to a new TUC survey of trade union health and safety representatives published recently (05 October 2018).
- New TUC surveys find stress is top problem in UK workplaces
- Other concerns include bullying, harassment and overwork
Seven in ten (70%) of the reps taking part in the TUC’s 12th biennial survey – published ahead of World Mental Health Day today (Wednesday 10 October) – said that stress is one of the main concerns they have to deal with at work.
The top five reported problems were:
- Stress: Concern over stress is higher in the public sector than the private sector. It’s especially common in central government (90% of reps cited it as a top-five concern), health services (85%), and education (84%). And it is the biggest concern in workplaces of every size and in every region of England, Wales and Scotland.
- Bullying and harassment: 45% of safety reps put bullying and harassment in their top five concerns. It’s most common in local and central government. And is more of a problem in larger workplaces – with 100 or more employees – than smaller ones.
- Overwork: Concern around workloads is much more widespread in the public sector (with 43% of reps citing it) than the private sector (27%). It’s a major problem in central government, has risen in health services and is high in education.
- Slips, trips and falls: Concern over slips, trips and falls is much more prevalent in the private sector (43%), where it is the third most common concern, than the public sector (23%).
- Violence and threats: One in four (23%) of reps said this was a problem at work.
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s easy to make light of ‘health and safety culture’. But it’s no joke lying awake at night from stress, falling ill through working long hours, or being subjected to bullying in the office.
“Employers and managers need to do more to identify and reduce risks and to provide support to employees struggling to cope.
“Unionised workplaces are safer workplaces. I’d advise anyone worried about health and safety at work to join their union, to get their concerns raised and their voices heard.”
Notes to editors:
- The full results of the TUC’s health and safety reps survey are available at:www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/Safety%20Reps%20report%202018.pdf
- For more information about World Mental Health Day please visit: https://wfmh.global/world-mental-health-day-2018/
- TUC guidance for reps on mental health and the workplace is available atwww.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/TUC-MENTAL_HEALTH_WORKPLACE.pdf
- The Trades Union Congress (TUC) exists to make the working world a better place for everyone. We bring together more than 5.5 million working people who make up our 49 member unions. We support unions to grow and thrive, and we stand up for everyone who works for a living.
Latest News from
WiredGov Newswire (news from other organisations)
TUC: Deliver on Government promise of apprentice travel support23/08/2019 11:05:00
The TUC yesterday (Thursday) called on the government to deliver on its promise to support apprentices with travel costs.
CBI Scotland responds to the latest Government Expenditure & Revenue Scotland (GERS) figures22/08/2019 16:05:00
CBI Scotland responds to the latest Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) figures.
Audit Scotland - Perth and Kinross Council makes progress, but must drive forward improvements22/08/2019 13:40:00
Perth and Kinross Council continues to improve many services. The council must now demonstrate it has plans in place to tackle underperforming areas.
LGA responds to HCLG Committee report on local government finance22/08/2019 12:40:00
LGA Chairman, Cllr James Jamieson, responded to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee Report, “Local government finance and the 2019 Spending Review”, which has concluded that “council services are at breaking point”
CIPD - Total FTSE 100 Chief Executive pay has fallen by 13%22/08/2019 11:40:00
CEO pay falls but it would still take 117 years for a worker to earn a CEO’s annual salary, fuelling questions over fairness, performance and governance
UK Space Agency: British built Mars rover gets the gift of sight22/08/2019 11:05:00
The panoramic camera system which will allow the UK-built Rosalind Franklin Mars rover to examine the Red Planet and search for signs of life has been installed.
Welsh NHS Confederation respond to report on Community Nursing in Wales22/08/2019 10:40:00
Nesta Lloyd-Jones, Interim Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation responded to the National Assembly for Wales’ Health, Social Care and Sport Committee’s report into community nursing
LGA responds to Children's Commissioner Report on homeless children22/08/2019 09:40:00
The Local Government Association’s Housing spokesman, Cllr Martin Tett, responded to a report by the Children’s Commissioner, “Bleak Houses”
Companies House: It’s time to #GetBizzy21/08/2019 14:05:00
We're celebrating World Entrepreneurs’ Day with the launch of our new campaign targeted towards 16 to 24 year olds.