Tuesday, March 1

Urge your MP to support Early Day Motion 1489

Austin Mitchell MP has tabled an Early Day Motion relating to health and safety for journalists. The motion raises the issue of stress as an occupational issue, please contact your MP and urge them to sign EDM motion 1489.

EDM 1489: Health and safety for journalistsThat this House notes that journalists provide news and information as part of their job, which is essential for a functioning democracy and an informed public; further notes that their work can place some journalists at considerable risk from time to time; believes that a major cause of risk to journalists based in the UK is stress and that excessive job-related stress levels have been taken for granted by many in the industry and that at present stress levels are increasingly exacerbated by policies introduced by media employers; further notes that, on the international league table of occupational stress, journalists share third place with prison officers and airline pilots; considers that stress is associated with higher workloads caused by cuts, low wages, excessive overtime and the introduction of new working methods by employers such as Newsquest and Johnston Press, and that these factors have all contributed towards unhealthy working environments; and further believes that these problems have a knock-on effect which can damage quality journalism.
Tabled by Austin Mitchell, Monday 28th February 2011.

Put your MP to work request they sign EDM 1489Early Day Motions are very good ways of raising issues in parliament, which may not get debated in normal sittings of parliament.
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