The UK Work Stress Network Annual Conference 2017 – Hillscourt Conference, Centre, Rednal, Birmingham B45 8RS – Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th November 2017 “Challenging Poor Employment Practices – Work-Stress In An Increasingly Demanding Work Environment”

The UK Work Stress Network Annual Conference 2017 – Hillscourt Conference, Centre, Rednal, Birmingham B45 8RS – Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th November 2017 “Challenging Poor Employment Practices – Work-Stress In An Increasingly Demanding Work Environment”
To: All Branches
Dear Colleagues, 
The UK Work Stress Network has announced that their Annual Conference 2017 will take place at the Hillscourt Conference Centre, Rednal, Birmingham B45 8RS on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th November 2017. 
In line with CWU Conference Policy, the CWU is proud to announce its continued support and increased sponsorship of both the UK Work Stress Network Conference and the New Edition on the organisation’s excellent “Work Stress Handbook” Publication, due to be published later this year. 
The UK National Work-Stress Network is a Trade Unionist led organisation which is committed to the eradication of the causes of work-related stress and associated illnesses. It campaigns to advance this aim through its involvement with the Hazards Campaign and in conjunction with the TUC, European organisations and within UK Trade Union structures.
The Network calls for:-
Employers, Company Directors and Managers at all levels to acknowledge their duty of care and for their acceptance of their health and safety responsibilities to the workforce;

Legislation and enforcement procedures to outlaw all forms of workplace stress, bullying and victimisation; also to ensure full corporate liability for workplace injury; and

the creation of a caring, supportive workplace culture with ‘Dignity at Work’ for all and for worker sensitive procedures for all.

The Network consists of many hundreds of like-minded people, some of whom have suffered the consequences of work-related stress. Amongst them are experienced caseworkers, counsellors, occupational health workers, Trades Union lay and paid officers and those who are just determined to see effective management which recognises the needs of the workforce as well as of business. 
The Conference will Examine Working lives becoming much more complex and Stressful! Working life is becoming more complex from all angles. Following the EU referendum result we face an uncertain future for the country, employment and business. Employment and other laws originating from the EU, once transferred into UK law, will almost certainly face dilution or even removal, under another Conservative Government. Health & Safety laws are still in place but many employers disregard or are ignorant of the HSE Stress Management Standards. 
The Prime Minister has flagged up a greater need for better care and support particularly for Mental Health at a time when the NHS is struggling to keep up, and no extra money seems to be forthcoming. Pressures on public services continue to remain high under the enduring austerity regime. Workers face increasing demands on their time and skills.
There is relentless change at work, which in itself is intensely fatiguing. 
Recent research has shown that those with disabilities suffer disadvantage at a range of levels – all of which increases stress levels. 
Are you a young worker dealing with the brave new world of zero hours contracts, coping with the demands of more than one employer? Are you are a middle aged worker coping with the pressures of being both a worker and a parent to children (younger and older) at home? Are you the carer of elderly parents? Or are you an older worker having to work much longer then you had ever anticipated? Working life is becoming more complex from both ends of the age spectrum.
Young workers

Older aging workers

Zero Hours Contracts

Doing two jobs

Working and parenting

Working and being a carer

Long hours of work

Manual work demands

Whichever applies, the world of work has never been more stressful.
A greater recognition of mental health issues is very welcome and brings increased responsibilities for employers. It also brings more challenges for our work as health and safety stewards. 
This conference will examine the impacts of mental health issues at work as we move through our careers that are being extended every year! We will examine new research on specific age groups, what problems are being identified. We will explore strategies that we can promote to improve working life for those with mental health issues in the workplace. 
Conference Programme Outline: 
FRIDAY EVENING – Registration, meeting the Stress Network Team and Networking SATURDAY MORNING – Panel of speakers with Q&A session
Peter Kelly, HSE Senior Psychologist – Management Standards confirmed
Professor Gail Kinman, Univ. of Bedfordshire Change fatigue confirmed
Professor Ralph Fevre, University of Cardiff – Workplace disability confirmed
Matilda MacAttram, Black Mental Health UK invited
Janine Booth RMT and Independent speaker – Mental Health issues confirmed 
Topics to include Mental Health First Aid; Ageism in the Workplace; Mental Health Policies at Work; Excessive Work Demand; Stress Risk Management; Presenteeism; Suicide Intervention and more. 
UK National Work-Stress Network Contact details:-
Ian Draper (Network Coordinator) UK National Work-Stress Network 9 Bell Lane Syresham BRACKLEY NN13 5HP Tel 07966-196033 E-mail: Website: WWW.WORKSTRESS.NET  
This conference is aimed at Health & Safety Representatives, Trades Union Officials and Shop Stewards, Human Resources and Health & Safety Specialists and Stress Management Consultants. 
An Electronic copy of the Booking Form is attached in pdf format. Hard copies will also be distributed to Regional Health and Safety Forums. 
This is a very popular annual event – book early to secure a place. 
Yours sincerely
Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
Email Attachments – Click to download
LTB 235/17 The UK Work Stress Network Annual Conference 2017

Stress Conference Booking Form


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