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Stressed Out: NUJ launches anti-stress campaign

23 September 2008

The NUJ has launched a major campaign to combat stress in response to biting cuts across the media industry.

Media organisations continue to cut back on investment in journalism and union members are reporting that pressures have become so great they are a risk to journalists’ health and safety.

The campaign will encourage employers to take their responsibility for workers’ health and safety seriously.

NUJ general secretary, Jeremy Dear, said: “It’s time for media companies to recognise that it’s unacceptable for them to preside over regimes which are literally making people sick.

"Employers must take responsibility for protecting the mental and physical wellbeing of their staff. All journalists understand how to work under pressure – it’s part of the job. But working under pressure is different from working under the constant stress that is now all too familiar to our members.”

The union’s Stressed Out campaign will build on work already undertaken with a number of employers in Scotland.

It includes a number of initiatives: an online forum where people can post questions about workplace bullying and a survey of members using specialist stress indicators developed by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

The survey will enable the union to assess stress levels in individual employers against officially recognised criteria.

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