7 April 2022

How to tackle stress as a union

Places are still available on our pilot training course, which is available for PCS reps in all regions/nations. 

Stress and burnout are, alongside pay and conditions, among the most common issues dealt with by PCS reps. Every year, almost half a million workers in the UK suffer from stress-related illnesses linked to our work.  Surveys have shown that up to 65% of civil servants have become ill due to stress at work. The impacts on our physical and mental health can be severe.

Stress is a critical bargaining issue for trade unions, not only in supporting individual members who face the health consequences of stress, but also in collectively organising around the broader issues of workload and staffing. With Stockport College we will be piloting a new PCS training course next month. The workshop will explore union campaigning and negotiating strategies which say - No to “Resilience”….Yes to PCS members standing together to reduce harmful stress at work.

Online course registration for the Tackling Stress as a Trade Union Issue course is now open to reps in all PCS regions and nations. It is a two half-days online course, running on Thursday 5 May and Thursday 12 May from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm (login to PCS Digital is required to register).

If you have any queries about this or other PCS Academy training courses, please contact us at tuedacademy@pcs.org.uk.