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Social partners report on workplace stress agreement

15/12/2008 Social partners report on workplace stress agreement

Representatives of employers and workers at EU-level presented a report on 15 December 2008 explaining how they have implemented their framework agreement on work-related stress.

Stress is a serious work- related health problem and considered the primary cause of lost working days in Europe. The objective of the agreement is for workers and employers to work together at better identifying, preventing and managing stress.

Work-related stress is among the four most reported work-related health problems in the EU, affecting 22% of workers (in 2005). Studies suggest that between 50% and 60% of all lost working days are related to it. This represents a huge cost, both in terms of human suffering and impaired economic performance.

The agreement – concluded in October 2004 – aims to raise awareness of work-related stress among employers, workers and their representatives. It provides them with a framework to identify and prevent or manage stress. At the same time, it sets out employers' and workers' responsibilities.

As provided for by the agreement, this report – co-signed by all the European social partners (BusinessEurope, UEAPME, CEEP and ETUC) – presents the implementing measures from the Member States one year after the implementation deadline. The European Commission will analyse the implementation over the coming year and then issue its own report.