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The Political Economy of Workplace Injury in Canada

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Book Series: Fabriks: Studies in the Working Class ISSN: 19256485 ISBN: 9781926836003 9781926836010 Year: Pages: 284 Language: English
Publisher: Athabasca University Press
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Workplace injuries are common, avoidable, and unacceptable. The Political Economy of Workplace Injury in Canada reveals how employers and governments engage in ineffective injury prevention efforts, intervening only when necessary to maintain the standard legitimacy. Dr. Bob Barnetson sheds light on this faulty system, highlighting the way in which employers create dangerous work environments yet pour billions of dollars into compensation and treatment. Examining this dynamic clarifies the way in which production costs are passed on to workers in the form of workplace injuries.

Canada’s Labour Market Training System

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Book Series: OPEL (Open Paths to Enriched Learning) ISSN: 2291-2606; 2291-2614 ISBN: 9781771992411; 9781771992428; 9781771992435 Year: Pages: 204 DOI: 10.15215/aupress/9781771992411.01 Language: English
Publisher: Athabasca University Press
Subject: Business and Management
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How does the current labour market training system function and whose interests does it serve? In this introductory textbook, Bob Barnetson wades into the debate between workers and employers, and governments and economists to investigate the ways in which labour power is produced and reproduced in Canadian society. After sifting through the facts and interpretations of social scientists and government policymakers, Barnetson interrogates the training system through analysis of the political and economic forces that constitute modern Canada. This book not only provides students of Canada’s division of labour with a general introduction to the main facets of labour-market training—including skills development, post-secondary and community education, and workplace training—but also encourages students to think critically about the relationship between training systems and the ideologies that support them.

Health and Safety in Canadian Workplaces

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Book Series: OPEL (Open Paths to Enriched Learning) ISSN: 22912614 ISBN: 9781771991834 9781771991841 9781771991858 9781771991865 Year: Pages: 272 DOI: 10.15215/aupress/9781771991834.01 Language: English
Publisher: Athabasca University Press
Subject: Social Sciences
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Workplace injuries happen every day and can profoundly affect workers, their families, and the communities in which they live. This textbook is for workers and students looking for an introduction to injury prevention on the job. It offers an extensive overview of central occupational health and safety (OHS) concepts and practices and provides practical suggestions for health and safety advocacy. Foster and Barnetson bring the field into the twenty-first century by including discussions of how precarious employment, gender, and ill-health can be better handled in Canadian OHS.Although they address the gendered and racialized dimensions of new work processes and structures in contemporary workplaces, Foster and Barnetson contend that the practice of occupational health and safety can only be understood if we acknowledge that workers and employers have conflicting interests. Who identifies what workplace hazards should be controlled is therefore a product of the broader political economy of employment and one that should be well understood by those working in the field.

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