CBI backs UNISON calls for better health and safety

The CBI has backed UNISON’s calls for a more proactive approach to health and safety following research that shows the average cost to business for each absent worker now stands at £975.

“Having healthy staff is an essential part of running a healthy business,” said Neil Carberry, director for employment and skills at the CBI.

“Investing in the wellbeing of employees is not only the right thing to do, it has real business benefits.

“It’s time for businesses and government to work hand-in-hand to move from a reactive to proactive approach on health and wellbeing in the workplace.”

UNISON head of health and safety Tracey Harding said: “We’re delighted that the CBI has now supported what UNISON has been saying for years. Good health and safety is good for everyone.

“We now look forward to the CBI backing UNISON’s calls for the government to cease its relentless attacks on the HSE, and for a reversal in the policy that discourages the HSE in playing a more proactive role in promoting good health and safety.”

Making us better: UNISON guide to sickness absence policies (stock no 2594) available from the UNISON online catalogue

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