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International Perspectives on Worker Representation and Workplace Health and Safety

Speaker: Joan Benach (Spain), Kaj Frick (Sweden) Richard Johnstone (Australia) Wayne Lewchuck (Canada) Theo Nichols (UK) and Laurent Vogel (ETUC)

Series: CWERC 2007 Series (by invitation only)

Starts: 10 October 2007

The second seminar in the CWERC 2007 series will simultaneously launch the publication of Worker Representation and Workplace Health and Safety by David Walters and Theo Nichols detailing the latest British research, and present a discussion of current understandings of the effectiveness of worker representation and the challenges to its operation and effectiveness internationally.

Despite improvement in safety technology, work related fatalities, injuries and ill-health still represent a major and unacceptable burden on both society and the economy in most countries. The failure of employers to properly discharge their duties to prevent this harm to their workers provides strong ethical and pragmatic reasons why people at work should have access to adequate representation of their health and safety interests. However, the extent to which this occurs and is effective is subject to a range of influences and constraints.

The seminar will bring together a wide range of international research expertise to review these issues and examine the extent to which existing arrangements deliver results in different countries, sectors, and organisational sizes. It will discuss the limitations of current regulatory models to support the representation of workers’ interests in their health, safety and wellbeing at work and explore approaches to their improvement.

Council Chamber, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WT


Name:Bethan Davies or Deborah Watkins

Phone:+44 (0) 29 208 74983 / 79051

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Open To: Invitation Only

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