For the past few years, some of the engineers on the Sirius (Home Office) account have been tucked away on the ground floor in a room with windows that don’t open and which face a brick wall. The one vent in the room cannot cope with the heat generated by PCs in use, being built and repaired. Much of the time they have been working in temperatures over 29°C (85°F), which is bad for the health and causes drowsiness which increases the risk of accidents and reduces productivity.
For a long time people had been asking for air conditioning or more to the point improved air conditioning.
Both a member and local management asked David Seymour, the local UNITE Workplace Representative, if UNITE could help get things moving. It took just one phone call to the right person to spur things along and work is due to start this week. Is it a coincidence that the wheels were put in motion just two days after a call to a director?
It is well proven that union organisation dramatically reduces the number of accidents and improves the health of the workforce.
Without a union, you have no effective way of protecting yourself and your colleagues. UNITE gives working people a route to protect their rights.
National Stress Awareness Day
Today is national stress awareness day – focussing on an issue of significant and growing concern to Fujitsu staff.
There is a vital difference between “pressure”, which people may enjoy and which can help us be effective, and “stress”, which is what happens when an individual suffers excess pressure which produces ill-effects.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) defines stress as:
The adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demand placed on them.
The HSE identifies organisational factors as a major contributor to stress, and has published “management standards” to help organisations comply with their duty of care towards employees.
If you are suffering stress, do talk about it to someone you feel comfortable with, whether that’s a union rep or a friend at work. Look at what you do personally that might contribute, such as:
- eating on the run, or in a disorganised manner
- smoking, or drinking excessively
- rushing, hurrying, being available to everyone
- doing several jobs at once
- missing breaks, taking work home with you
- having no time for exercise and relaxation