The UK National Work-Stress Network Annual Conference 2019 – Birmingham – Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th November 2019 – Theme: “Moving Toward a Better Work Environment For All”
The UK Work Stress Network has announced that their Annual Conference 2019 will take place at the Hillscourt Conference Centre, Rednal, Birmingham B45 8RS on Saturday 23 November 2019, 9.30am to 5.30pm and Sunday 24 November 9.30am to 12.30pm.
In line with CWU Conference Policy, the CWU is proud to announce its continued support and sponsorship of the UK Work Stress Network Conference and the latest edition of the organisation’s excellent “Work Stress Handbook” published earlier last 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, with ‘BREXIT’ looming, 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 and Safety laws are still in place but many employers disregard or are ignorant of the HSE Stress Management Standards.
The former Prime Minister has flagged up a greater need for better care and support particularly for mental health. The Government commissioned ‘Stevenson-Farmer’ independent review into workplace mental health concluded that the UK faces a significant mental health challenge at work and that both employers and Government must prioritise and invest far more in improving mental health. At the same time 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 increase 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 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 than 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 year’s Conference will focus on the tools and strategies needed by Trade Unionists to support their members, protect themselves and get employers engaged in tackling work stress to make our work places a safer place for all.
Speakers so far confirmed for the conference:
- Hilda Palmer – ‘Hazards’ and ‘Families Against Corporate Killers’ (FACK) – Speaking on holding employers to account despite weak law and poor enforcement. Plus Hilda will run a workshop on ‘Corporate Responsibility’ and holding employers to account.
- Professor Diana Kloss MBE – a Barrister, university teacher, former employment tribunal judge and Hon. President, Council for Work and Health – speaking on the employer’s duty of reasonable adjustment for workers with a disability. Plus Dianne will run a workshop on the Equality Act 2010 and the role of occupational health practitioners – fact and fiction.
- Professor Gail Kinman – Professor in Occupational Health Psychology at the University of Bedford – speaking on stigma in work-related stress and mental health. Plus Gail will run a workshop on the misuse of staff surveys.
The aim is to provide information, exchange of good practice, networking opportunities and helpful interaction to send delegates back to their workplaces with the tools needed to make the workplace safer for all.
Lots of information and useful handouts will be distributed to all Conference delegates.
UK National Work-Stress Network Conference Further Information:-
A copy of the Conference Flyer and Registration/Booking Form is attached in pdf format.
This Conference is aimed at Health and Safety Representatives, Trades Union Officials and Shop Stewards, Human Resources and Health and Safety Specialists and Stress Management Consultants.
This is a very popular annual event – book early to secure a place.
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer