Post Office hit by new stress pay-out

first_imgPost Office hit by new stress pay-outOn 29 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. The Post Office has run into further trouble after being forced to give aformer manager £175,000 for stress in an out-of-court settlement.In the latest of a succession of cases to feature a six-figure award, anex-manager successfully claimed that excessive workloads caused a breakdown. He had been a workshop manager in Scunthorpe for 30 years when in 1992 hewas given new responsibilities as part of the Business Development Review.The news came just days after the Post Office concluded one of the mostbitter industrial disputes in recent years over the cutting of overtime (News 8February).In the stress case, the man, who does not want his identity revealed,suffered from stress due to increased workload and said that his dutiesactually increased after reporting his problems to the occupational healthdepartment. In 1995 he was diagnosed with reactive depression and was medicallyretired.”This is a signal to employers that when an employee shows signs ofstress – and even consults the employer’s own medical staff – the employer isobliged to reduce the burden,” said Andrew Darke of Irwin Mitchell, theman’s solicitor.A spokesman for the Post Office said that it has run awareness classes foremployees for 10 years.He accepted that these failed to prevent the court case, but added, “Itmight have mitigated other cases.”last_img read more