Austerity fears hitting workers' health, warns TUC

Fears of job losses amid the difficult economic climate are having a considerable impact on the well-being of workers, according to a survey by the Trades Union Congress.

The top safety concerns raised by union safety reps in the TUC’s tenth biennial survey were stress, bullying, harassment and strain from being overworked.

These concerns been caused by rising fears of insecurity and unease felt in the workforce due to spending cuts.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said:

“Fears about how austerity is affecting peoples’ jobs and their families is having a real impact on the health and well-being of UK workers.”

“As jobs are cut, so the workload of those left behind increases. As the workload rise so do the stress levels of over-worked employees, which lead to a greater risk of bullying and harassment as stressed-out supervisors take out their frustrations on staff.”

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