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23 June 2016

Job losses ‘raising employee stress’

Thousands of local government employees in the UK are suffering from rising stress levels, new research suggests.

Three quarters of the council staff surveyed say the pressure they are under at work has risen over the last 12 months. And the same proportion say their workload has increased.

The survey of 2,000 employees was carried out by Unison. Those questioned included social workers, librarians, carers and other public sector workers. 

The union's report - called 'Under Pressure, Underfunded and Undervalued' - also suggests that incidents of workplace bullying have increased.  

Unison  claims the "unprecedented" stress levels among workers have been fuelled by cuts and job losses.

Heather Wakefield, its head of local government, says cuts have damaged morale and left employees "being worked into the ground". 

And undervaluing employees, she adds, leads on to the neglect of the vital services which are provided by local councils.

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