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Fair and Healthy Work

Fair and Healthy Work is a global interest group to support local and national actions already taking place and strengthen alliances between occupational health, environmental health /justice, and labor movements.


For more information: CLICK HERE for the wikipage of the group


The shared principles of the group are:


1. All work is work.

Compensated or uncompensated, “blue-collar,” “white-collar,” or “no-collar,” unionized or non-unionized, documented or undocumented, legalized or criminalized, formal employment, barter, or self-reliance – all workers have the right to healthy, sustainable, dignified work.


2. All health is related to work.

Workers routinely experience on-the-job injuries that result from performing physically stressful job tasks. However, there are other ways to get “injured” on the job. Public health research and workers’ experiences demonstrate that work-related inputs have a direct and indirect impact on the health and well-being of workers, with risk factors including:

  • physical, psychological, and emotional stress
  • risks of unsafe work environments and conditions
  • inadequate protection against exploitation, discrimination, and harassment
  • inadequate access to collective bargaining, advocacy, and information on workers’ rights
  • inadequate compensation and wage theft
  • precariousness
  • occupational and social hierarchies [cf. Whitehall studies]

Work can also limit access to the other social determinants of health: education, housing, health care, a healthy environment, healthy food, strong community, and sense of stability, security, and satisfaction.


3. Because the health of workers extends far beyond immediate conditions on the “shop floor,” workers’ health is inseparable from public health.

Public health education and research should dedicate resources to investigate how the health of diverse populations is shaped by work conditions.


4. We believe that workers are most knowledgeable and committed to understanding, addressing, and representing the issues of health and safety that affect them. Workers themselves are best positioned to be researchers, experts, and leaders in occupational health and safety.