Work And Labour Essay

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Work and labour have been around forever, although it did not always work to the standards that we are used to today. Over the years, many hard working and deprived people had to fight for the rights that are taken for granted today. Are safety and health involved with work? Is work dangerous for your health? I will try to answer these questions by summarising four short commentaries as well as adding my opinion.Through out history, people have put workers in danger and sometimes added elements that they thought were actually helping to protect their workers, but instead were actually adding danger to the workers. There is no better example of this than that of the mining industry. As we ...view middle of the document...

Any one is susceptible to Alzheimer's after being exposed to aluminum for a long time. Imagine if you are inhaling it for fifteen minutes a day. Although at the beginning of this century proper mine ventilation was considered an exorbitant expense, it was now obvious that's what needed to be done even though the owners didn't think so. The workers pulled together and fought for more ventilation and better working conditions. What about the hundreds of miners who died and left families behind? "They were proud women, ashamed to go before the compensation board and ask for a handout. But, unable to keep the family together on the money they earned as seamstresses or housekeepers, they would finally file claims, only to be told that their husband's death was not work related. His rotted lungs and aggravated heart had come not from mining, but from cigarettes and a bad eastern European diet." Dust to Dust.Not only can work be bad for your physical health but also your mental health. Every year many people suffer depression and some even commit suicide due to workplace stress. "Workplace Stress" by Cathy Walker explains that in the year 1989, after the signing of the free trade agreement, four workers, all from the same General Motors plant in St. Therese, committed suicide within a six month period. The main workplace stresses the article gives are as follows." ~ Machine pacing of work-rhythm and machine control of work methods. ~ Monotonous, repetitive work, activates only a limited part of total human capabilities.~ Lack of possibilities of contact with other people as part of the on-going work.~ Piece rate and related payment systems.~ Authoritarian and detailed control of the individual, be it through foreman or impersonal "systems" (e.g., computer-based planning systems)." Workplace Stress." Bias in Workers Compensation Board Policies" Workplace Stress.After years of untreated workplace stress companies have begun to sympathize with, and compensate the workers. There is a problem with the big compensation boards. Many believe that they are bias against blue collar workers, women and maybe racist. Examples of this are episodes where a manager or foreman has experienced stress and has been compensated for being harassed or mistreated by subordinates. But a blue collar worker, experiencing stress due to harassment by a foremen, was turned down by the board. The way companies see themselves is such that stress is more common and likely to happen with white collar workers over the more numerous blue collar workers. Such a thing is very wrong. In fact most cases of people having to leave the job or even committing suicide due to workplace stress are all blue collar workers. There has always been stress in our lives and always will be. Workplace stress is the worst kind over social stress or home stress because at the workplace is where you have the least control. " The only genuine solution to the problem of workplace stress would be to allow workers...

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