This new workplace stress guide book was produced last year, and seeks to educate and raise awareness of work-stress and to improve legislation on health, safety and employment rights in the UK and Europe.
Produced by the UK National Work Stress Network, a voluntary organisation that campaigns to secure proper recognition of the damage caused by work-stress and to prevent work-related stress.
The latest edition of “Work Stress Guide” handbook has been published with the CWU being one of the publication’s sponsors, along with several other Unions; FBU, FDA, GMB, NASUWT, UNISON, Unite and both the Hazards Campaign and Scottish Hazards.
The Appendices give further information about the WorkStress Network, examine how other European countries are tackling the problem of psycho-social workplace hazards, give some examples of Workplace Audit Forms and lists some further sources of information.
The handbook should be of use to many, including:
The preface to the booklet makes interesting reading and mirrors the concerns of majority of forward-thinking people in relation to the intention of this current government and worker's rights after we leave the European Union, and the ineptness of opposition political parties in dealing with this:
'This booklet was produced during the lead in to the 2017 General Election which saw a significant shift in the balance of power at Westminster, and the situation surrounding work related stress and employment law has now become somewhat unpredictable. In the background continued debate about the result of the EU Referendum has placed the principles of employment law and rights of workers in a potentially delicate situation.
How the transfer of EU Directive based laws into UK Law will affect those laws related to workers’ rights is unknown.
Workstress has been fighting for years over the protection of issues around Health and Safety in the Workplace and now has major concerns about the outcome of any shift of EU-based law into UK law and the very likely future diminution of Health and Safety and other associated laws.
In late July 2017, UNISON secured a major victory in the Supreme Court making all charges for applications to the Employment Tribunal no longer legal. The Government has had to back track and refund some £27million of paid fees. References to such fees in this booklet obviously now no longer apply.'
You can download the booklet from the Unionsafety E-Library Database or by clicking the book cover pic.
Note: There are over 40 documents on stress alone in the E-Library
Source: LTB247/18 CWU / unionsafety