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Employees are struggling to cope

A survey of almost 600 union activists working in banks across Ireland and Britain shows that 83pc of them don't think their employers are doing enough to help them cope.

Almost all – 96pc – say that the level of stress they experience has become more intense since the banking crisis began.

The increased stress was primarily a result of poor staffing levels, which were being exacerbated by pressure to meet sales targets, say the respondents.

"There has been no let-up in the pressure to sell even though the reckless pursuit of sales targets was a key element in the culture that led to the crash," said a spokesman for the Irish Bank Officials' Association.

Irish Independent