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Shocking Pressure And Exhaustion in Public Sector

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Union claims stress levels have rocketed while Tories slash one million public sector jobs.

Shocking levels of pressure and exhaustion among public sector workers have been revealed in a new survey.

GMB – the union for public sector workers – say the results of a wide-ranging new study show “unacceptable” levels of stress.

The figures, which come from a CIPD/Halogen Employee Outlook survey of 2,000 employees [1], reveal that:

  • Public sector employees still report higher levels of pressure and exhaustion at work than any other sector
  • Two in five public sector workers (43%) say they are under excessive pressure at work at least once a week
  • Nearly half (46%) say they come home from work exhausted either always or often

Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary, said:

"What this research makes crystal clear is pressure and exhaustion are serious problems in the public sector.

"The statistics are quite shocking: two in five workers say they are under excessive pressure at work at least once a week and nearly half say they come home from work exhausted.

“With one million public sector jobs binned off [2] since the Tories came into power in 2010 – it’s hardly surprising stress levels have shot through the roof.

“GMB members recognise that their working environment has pressures but stress like this is not good for their health and is unacceptable."

ENDS

Notes to editors

For more info contact the GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

[1] Full survey is available here:https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/fundamentals/relations/engagement/employee-outlook-reports

[2] Previous press release around 1 million public sector job losses here:

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