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Employees meditating during their well-being hour

Well-being hour: how one employer is taking positive steps to help ease work place stress

I have previously written a blog on mental health and how work-related stress has particularly affected me. Given that April is stress awareness month, I thought it might be helpful write another blog with some further reflections on how stress is addressed by my employer, the Welsh Government. Recent developments, following...


Why are we still talking about this? A first-timer’s experience of the TUC Black Workers' Conference

The Windrush scandal, the 25 year anniversary of Stephen Lawrence’s murder and 50 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King made this year’s TUC Black Workers’ conference particularly poignant. As a first time visitor to the conference, and to any trade union conference, I was intrigued to see what...


woman with bright idea

Unions do have reasons to be cheerful

Young people have an overwhelmingly positive view of trade unions and the future of the economy means that there is a clear case for the benefits of union membership. The challenge is to combine these facts into a compelling pitch and get more union sign ups.


Worried man

Further update on cashing in defined benefit pensions

This blog is an update on one written in January, with additional information relevant to members considering whether to cash in the pension they have built up in a defined benefit pension scheme. It is important to read this in conjunction with the earlier blog.


An eraser rubs out the word stress on a blackboard

Gauging the true scale of work-related stress

Rates of work-related stress and depression are at record highs, according to official figures. One person a minute develops stress because of excessive workloads, poorly designed jobs and a lack of support from their managers. While that figure seems high, the stigma that still dogs mental health could be preventing...