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Work insecurity taking its toll on the young - Unison

Event designed to help tackle stress and poorer prospects

Life on zero hours, low pay and insecure work has taken its toll on young people in Wales.  That’s the message from the union UNISON, which has organised a ‘Young Workers’ Well-being’ event today.

The trade union has brought together the Cwm Taf Local Government Area, Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board, University of South Wales, South Wales Police and Justice, and South Wales Fire and Rescue, for a day of discussion and workshops on stress management, pensions, apprenticeships and more at the University of South Wales in Trefforest.

UNISON claim a combination of increased university tuition fees, unemployment, poorer job opportunities, lower pay and rapid house price inflation is deteriorating young people’s prospects.

The event is being organised as part of UNISON’s Year of the Young Worker.

Martyn David, chair of UNISON’s Young Members’ Forum said,

“Young workers are more likely to be in insecure work and low paid roles which affect their daily lives. They are held back from progressing in the workplace by limited training opportunities and career development.

“There’s no doubt young people are struggling with their work/life balance. They often feel stressed, overwhelmed or unwell. UNISON is asking young workers whether they know how to maintain positive mental health and we want to support them with guidance for their well-being and other workplace issues.

“UNISON Cymru Wales wants all employers to sign our #RespectYourYouth Charter.

 Its five key demands are the implementation of the Real Living Wage irrespective of age, decent apprenticeships, fair employment, workplace equality and increased training opportunities.”

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