Opportunities for Improving Working Conditions through International Agreements


in Global Inequalities at Work

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195150865
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865222 | DOI:
 Opportunities for Improving Working Conditions through International Agreements

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Public policy can help create an institutional framework that enables businesses to shift away from low wages, low skills, low productivity, and low occupational health and safety protections towards better working conditions and the “high road” to competitiveness. As a result of globalization, increased international policy coherence is needed to support such interventions, especially in lower-income countries. This chapter addresses these issues, beginning with a discussion of the inequalities in safety and health protection: the most dangerous jobs are usually concentrated among workers with the lowest socioeconomic status. It then examines the impact of competition on investment in workplace health and safety, particularly in the context of globalization, and concludes with a discussion of the current and potential role of the International Labor Organization.

Keywords: policy; working conditions; occupational health and safety; globalization; International Labor Organization

Chapter.  9243 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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