World Day for Safety and Health at Work: ALEBA lobbies for the recognition of burn-out as a professional disease

Organized by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), World Day for Safety and Health at Work is held on 28 April. This year’s main theme is “Anticipating, preparing for and responding to crises – Investing now in resilient occupational safety and health (OSH) systems”.

ALEBA, the leading trade union in the financial sector, is taking this opportunity to re-emphasize the themes proposed in its 2019 social elections’ program: “Protecting employees facing illness as a priority” and “Getting burn-out recognized in the financial sector as an professional disease”. The current pandemic has presented employers and employees with an unprecedented challenge related to the virus and its many effects on the world of work. In addition to a change in their working conditions, some employees have seen their mental load and the weight of their daily tasks increase, as well as the number of hours worked. In some cases, the isolation and stress caused by the crisis and the upheaval in the organization of work have added to an already heavy workload, upsetting the fragile balance of workers in this period and leading to a number of burnouts.

ALEBA, with its 700 delegates on the ground, is working on the subject via special committees on various topics, particularly those related to health and well-being at work. The union is hearing the suffering of the employees affected, listens to them and supports them in order to accompany them in a necessary reconstruction. One of the keys to avoiding this scourge of our society today is prevention. By knowing the warning signs and detecting them, you can avoid a dramatic situation. This is one of the tasks of the Health and Safety Officer in your workplace.

On this particular day, ALEBA is working for the prevention of burn-out in companies through its delegates and is campaigning for its recognition as a professional disease. This recognition will be a step forward in the fight for employee well-being in the workplace.

Do you have any questions on the subject? Do not hesitate to contact the Coordination Department at coordination@aleba.lu or at (00 352) 22 38 28 -1.