No rise for union legal cases but stress cases soar

The number of new personal injury claims taken by unions was
slightly down on last year but work related stress cases soared, according to a
new TUC report published today.

The annual Focus on Services for Injury Victims
survey shows:

– Work related stress increased twelve fold, with 6,428 new
cases reported this year, compared with just 516 last year. Many unions report
that stress claims represent the largest increase in cases.

– Members had 51,204 new personal injury claims taken up on
their behalf by trade unions this year, down by almost 750.

– Another 41,252 were settled on behalf of members, with
29,272 claims still outstanding.

– Awards won by unions for their members were up slightly,
at around £321m.


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