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Young Workers' Week: Usdaw activists focus on mental health at over 180 events across the UK

Date: 14 March 2022 Retail trade union Usdaw has today launched their Young Workers’ Week, an opportunity for union reps and activists to reach out to young workers and share the campaigning work that Usdaw does. It runs from 14 - 20 March and this year’s focus is mental health in the workplace.
Events will be taking place all week, at workplaces, colleges and street stalls, recruiting young workers to Usdaw and encouraging them to play an active role in the union. In addition, Usdaw reps are being encouraged to talk to their young colleagues at work about the campaign, using the Usdaw Young Workers Mental Health Survey.
 
Paddy Lillis – Usdaw General Secretary says: “This year's Young Workers' Week is themed around the important and growing issue of mental health in the workplace. The week provides an opportunity to promote trade unions to young workers and demonstrates how being a member of Usdaw can improve their working lives. Our activists and reps will be surveying and advising young workers at over 180 events in workplaces and communities across the UK.
 
“Our jobs can have a significant impact on our mental health. Being in work can be positive, providing us with better financial security, more structure and an increased sense of purpose. Many jobs also provide opportunities to meet new people, socialise with colleagues and create friendships and connections that can continue outside work.
 
“However other aspects of work, such as short and unpredictable hours, low pay and dealing with abusive customers can have a toll on mental health. Young people’s jobs were hit the hardest during the pandemic and many are now experiencing financial pressure because of the cost of living crisis. That’s why mental health is such an important issue for trade unions and our members.
 
“Young workers are much less likely to speak to someone at work about how they feel or ask for help. Trade union reps can help and support members when it’s needed most. Our reps play a crucial role in ensuring members have a say in their work role and environment, to help keep them safe and promote good mental health.
 
“I wish our reps and activists well in their efforts to reach to young workers this week, which is an all year round priority for Usdaw.”
 
Notes for editors:
 
Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fifth biggest trade union with around 360,000 members. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemical industry and other trades.
 
Young Workers Mental Health Survey: https://www.usdaw.org.uk/CMSPages/GetFile.aspx?guid=271d60d6-25f8-4664-a3f1-32851b20caa2
 
Supporting Young Workers - workplace mental health: https://www.usdaw.org.uk/CMSPages/GetFile.aspx?guid=6c16b52e-25c5-4cfc-9ff9-88aaa6cf130d
 
Supporting Young Workers - rights at work: https://www.usdaw.org.uk/CMSPages/GetFile.aspx?guid=844246ac-32c3-423a-a4c2-0f34a0503d62
 
For Usdaw press releases visit: http://www.usdaw.org.uk/news and you can follow us on Twitter @UsdawUnion

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