Survey reveals problems faced by workers in energy, waste and water


A survey of workers in energy, waste and water, carried out by services union ver.di, reveals widespread discontent, with many employees feeling they are insufficiently trained, overworked, health-impaired or have financial worries. Over 14,500 workers responded to the survey, highlighting a range of urgent needs that the union will aim to address. Staff shortages are creating a lot of pressure on workers and many complain about the failure of employers to offer professional training and development opportunities. With work intensity increasing there has been a dramatic rise in stress for many employees, many of whom doubt that they continue in their current job until retirement age. Pay is another key issue with many workers feeling that their pay levels don’t reflect their performance. They are also keen to see improved regulations on mobile work and better work-life balance.

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