NUJ Members at Newsquest Herald & Times win STUC health and safety award

April 22nd 2017

NUJ Members at Newsquest Herald & Times win STUC health and safety award

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has announced that the recipient of this year’s STUC Frank Maguire Award for Health and Safety are members of the NUJ Chapel Committee at Newsquest Herald & Times.

The NUJ members have used health and safety to campaign for healthier and safer workplaces at The Herald and Times, while at the same time improving industrial democracy within the organisation.

Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said

“NUJ members within this Chapel have fought for many years; protecting the jobs of members within Newsquest against round after round of compulsory redundancies. These processes, on all occasions led to increased levels of stress and anxiety and growing tensions in industrial relations.

“Having identified the impact enforced job losses were having on the mental health and wellbeing of the workforce the Chapel Committee implemented the HSE Stress Management Standards, identifying key workplace issues needing addressed.

“The Chapel Committee has worked with a new and, thankfully less, confrontational management to address these issues and put in place control measures to reduce the exposure of risk to stressful situations. These changes have not only improved the work environment, the NUJ have improved industrial relations within the company including more open and transparent negotiations on staffing levels and increasing trade union membership to record levels.

Patrick McGuire from Thompsons Solicitors said

“The NUJ have demonstrated how health and safety can be used to organise workers, even in the most testing of environments, not only to deliver safer and healthier workplaces but to establish a positive industrial relations culture where negotiations take place in an open and transparent manner.”

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