Frances O’Grady calls on business leaders in the South West to build a new, fairer, economy

Last Wednesday (30th October) Frances O' Grady addressed business leaders as part of the University of West England’s ‘Distinguished Executives’ series of events. In her speech, Frances called for a new kind of economy, one in which green industries, backed by government, created new, high-quality jobs across the South West. The speech was picked up in a number of regional newspapers including the Western Daily Press, the Gloucestershire Echo and the Bristol Evening Post.

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Health Work & Well Being Conference

Date and time of event: 
Wed 20 Nov 2013 - 10:30 to 16:30
Venue and town/city: 
Unite the Union, Tony Benn House, Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6AY
About this event: 
One of the most important roles a trade union plays is to help keep workers safe. Unions do a lot more to encourage a healthy workplace and to work with employers on the well-being of staff.

Local authorities have new responsibilities for health and well-being at work but it is just part of a very big public health agenda. How can unions get involved? How can councils understand the role that unions play and the potential to do a lot more? What are the challenges for unions in promoting wellbeing at a time when stress at work is rising?

This event will hear from Bristol City Council on their groundbreaking Charter for Health and Well-Being at Work and how this can be spread to other councils. It will discuss the challenges and offer some solutions including a few case studies.


  • Introductions and welcome, Nigel Costley, South West TUC Regional Secretary
  • Health and Well-Being at Work Charter, Liz McDougall, Health Improvement Coordinator, Bristol City Council
  • Fit for Football, Michael Bennett, Head of Player Welfare, Professional Footballers' Association
  • Discussion goups and case studies
    • - Stress and mental health awareness in the workplace
    • - Cancer in the workplace
    • - Bristol City Council Well-being Project
    • - Wellbeing Collective Learning Fund Project, Royal College of Midwives
    • - Healthy Feet at work, Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
  • Lunch
  • Discussion groups and case studies will be run twice
  • What unions can do and closing remarks

*Programme subject to change

Contact for further information: 

Download an event flyer and registration form.

Book your place online now.

Or contact the South West TUC for more details: 0117 947 0521