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Unite launches campaign to eradicate stress in the voluntary sector

Trade union Unite has labelled stress in the charity workplace 'a modern day plague'.

Stress in the not-for-profit sector workplace will come under the microscope as Unite launches a campaign that will involve more than 2,500 of its reps surveying their members.

Unite announced the launch of its year-long campaign to eradicate stress, this morning, on International Workers' Memorial Day (IWMD).

Recent Unite research revealed more than 90% of voluntary-sector staff feel their wellbeing is being undermined due to the financial crisis facing charities.

Rachael Maskell, Unite national officer, not-for-profit sector, said: "Stress in the workplace is like a modern day plague - it is virulent and can strike at any time, any place and is indiscriminate as to who its victim is.

"The object of the campaign, which will culminate with a national conference, probably in November, is to give the workplace activists representing our 60,000 members in the not for profit sector, the tools to take up the issues of stress with management."