Archives for May 25th, 2004

KEEPING WELL AT WORK

Book News, PublicNet: 25 May, 2004

By Philip Pearson.Every year some 2 million people in Britain are injured or made ill by their work, and each week around 500 people leave work as a result of such problems. All these injuries and illnesses caused by work can be prevented. This fully revised new edition provides advice on the most common health risks at work, and how you can tackle them. It explains how you can use your legal rights and common sense to avoid injury and illness, and how to take action to recover your health and get back to work as soon as possible. There is advice on what to tell your GP and tips on where to get help when returning to work. With plenty of real-life case studies to illustrate the problems that can be encountered. The author offers positive suggestions about preventing ill health and improving wellbeing at work. Every aspect is dealt with in an accessible way, including, tackling stress at work, bullying and muscle aches and strains.

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UNION AGREEMENT WITH OU WILL HELP LOWER PAID TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 May, 2004

UNISON, the country’s biggest trade union has signed an agreement with the Open University to provide greater learning opportunities for the union’s members. The agreement cements a relationship between the two organisations, which has seen thousands of UNISON members gaining access to higher education.The union says Open University courses act as a gateway to professional qualifications, which are often denied to low paid workers. This, with the support of employers, can offer a new chance to develop a successful career path. Under the agreement, the union will work with the university to create better linkage between UNISON training programmes and the university’s access courses. Both organisations will collaborate with employers to expand learning programmes in the workplace.

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NEW UNIT TO RESEARCH LOCAL GOVERNANCE

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 May, 2004

A new centre of expertise in local government and politics opens today. The Local Governance Research Unit is based at De Montfort University in Leicester and will focus on research in key areas of local governance including public participation, political leadership and e-democracy.The Unit brings together the University’s research in the field of British and comparative local government. Many of the staff are internationally recognised in their fields, which include -local democracy and voting systems, local political leadership and management including executive models and scrutiny and issues facing rural local authorities as well as public participation and e-democracy and voting options.

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