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A third of Welsh public-sector workers suffer from deteriorating health due to work from home, study finds

A THIRD of public-sector workers in Wales made to work from home during the pandemic suffered deteriorating physical or mental health, a new survey reveals.

Public service union Unison Cymru surveyed home workers in local government, health, higher education, further education, police and justice, water, environment, transport, and community and energy sectors.

Many reported experiencing musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, disrupted sleep patterns and eye strain.

Unison says that while many benefited from home working, too few employers considered all of the implications for staff and had not provided health and safety guidance.

Unison Cymru Wales local government committee chairwoman Lianne Dallimore said: “This isn’t the kind of society I want to live in.

“Out of the Covid disaster we have the opportunity to shape a fairer and kinder world.

“That means employers being more proactive to support staff in new ways of working and listening to their views and involving their trade unions.”

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