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NUJ launches stress survey at Johnston Press titles

24 September 2014

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has launched a confidential online stress survey at Johnston Press titles and workplaces.

The union is concerned that rising and changing workloads, alongside lower numbers of staff are leading to more stress at work for editorial teams.

The NUJ's Johnston Press group chapel said it was keen to work with Johnston Press management to alleviate the pressure.

An NUJ group chapel spokesperson said:

"The online survey is totally anonymous and is for all editorial staff in the company - not just NUJ members.
"We've all seen several rounds of redundancies in recent years, along with rising workloads and requirements to meet the demands of social media and broadcasting videos.
"There is a lot of anecdotal evidence that this is placing editorial staff under a great deal of stress, but in order to work with the company to alleviate these pressures, we need to gather the hard evidence."

Laura Davison, NUJ national organiser, said:

"We have had examples of members in tears over the changes and pressures they are facing on the front line. Now we're asking people who work for Johnston Press to complete this simple anonymous survey and share their own experiences with the NUJ so we can help."

The group chapel said it was particularly concerned about onerous freelance agreements and is seeking to agree positive reforms with the company.

The group chapel has launched the survey today and has encouraged all NUJ members who work for the group to complete the survey and share it with colleagues.

Background information:

Delegates at the NUJ conference in Eastbourne in April 2014 decided to organise a campaign to highlight the dangers of excessive workloads and stress across the media industries.

Download the NUJ stress factsheet.

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