LRD Booklets May 2011
Stress and mental health at work - a guide for union reps
Work-related stress is a massive health and safety hazard affecting both public and private sector workplaces. It can lead to the development of serious physical and mental health conditions and is being exacerbated by pressures arising from the continuing economic crisis. This booklet demonstrates the crucial role of union reps in tackling stress and mental health at work and is fully updated to take account of the Equality Act 2010.
Introduction (579 words)
Stress has become one of the principal by-products of the modern workplace, and the continuing economic crisis is adding to the pressure. Millions ...
1. The scale of the problem (2,905 words)
Work-related stress has long been a major hazard for a wide range of workers and this has increased during the economic downturn. Research by trade ...
2. Mental health and the recession (895 words)
A recent Acas discussion paper noted the impact of the recession on the mental health of workers. It quotes an Occupational Health magazine report ...
3. The law and work-related stress (6,763 words)
This chapter summarises the legal duties owed by the employer to manage and where possible eliminate work-related stress. ...
4. Government guidance (2,519 words)
In February 2011, the government launched a new mental health strategy for England. No health without mental health outlines how a new emphasis on ...
5. Union action on stress and mental health at work (2,991 words)
Unions have long campaigned for work-related stress to be taken seriously by changing the law, and see better regulation, either from Europe or by ...
Further help and information (298 words)
Acas, (Head Office) Euston Tower, 286 Euston Road, London NW1 3JJ; tel: Helpline 08457 474747; web: ...