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Photographic features of the world of work from Hazards magazine.

Charred labour
No-one knows how many died in the Gadani shipbreaking yard inferno. But the ship, with fuel still in its tanks, was a tragedy in waiting as hundreds of informal labourers were told to start dismantling it with gas torches.. more


Needle
Garment workers toiling behind the electrified fences of Sri Lanka’s free trade zones are paying a high price for making the cheap clothes sold on the UK high street, War on Want has found. more


Feel better?
A union campaign has exposed the dangerous flaws in the ‘better regulation’ strategy in operation across the European Union. more


Toxic teens
Tobacco companies are failing to protect teenage children from hazardous work in the tobacco fields, Human Rights Watch has found. more


Keeping safe
Low-paid hotel housekeepers do some of the heaviest, fast-paced and unhealthy work around. Massimo Frattini of the global union IUF describes its campaign to make hotel giants clean up their act. more


You know best
Your best defence at work is to be organised and active, says Mick Holder. In a special organising poster, he spells out the key steps to being a more effective union safety rep. more

Sew wrong
Garment workers in Cambodia are being worked into the ground. But pressure is growing for better wages and safer, healthier work. more

No deal
Free trade deals have form. While companies relish the prospect of fewer and weaker rules, workplace, public health and environmental advocates know from experience this equates to the removal at the stroke of a pen of potentially lifesaving legal protections hard won over decades. more


Low blow
Badly paid work guarantees more than hardship. Because low pay goes hand in with low safety standards, occupational injuries and diseases like diabetes and cancer frequently come with the job. more


At arm's length
Ebola control efforts and health workers at risk more


Seen this?
There’s no hiding from International Workers’ Memorial Day. more


Foul play
If the 2022 Qatar World Cup organisers thought they could head off criticism of deadly labour abuses by publishing a long promised Workers’ Safety Standards charter in February 2014 they were wrong. more


Gold standard
Children as young as eight years old are working in Tanzanian small-scale gold mines, with grave risks to their health and even their lives, an investigation has discovered. more


Jean damage
Governments and companies must take urgent action to stamp out the continued use of sandblasting and other unsafe finishing processes in the manufacture of denim jeans, a campaign coalition has demanded. more


Bangladesh
As rescue efforts drew to a close after a building collapse on 24 April 2013 that killed at least 1,127 Bangladeshi garment workers, over 30 of the world’s top retailers signed up to a groundbreaking safety deal brokered by global trade unions. more


Blacklist
Thousands of workers on a construction blacklist lost their livelihoods as a result. A Hazards photofile features the stunning Blacklist Support Group campaign that exposed collusion between employers and the police and inaction by the government. more


First blood
Diseased gold miner’s strike first blow against Anglo American. more


Moral fibre
It took a generation, but Italy’s asbestos victims finally win justice. more

Banana link
Unions here can help banana workers everywhere secure safe work. more

Deadly catch
Two global union bodies have joined forces to fight for safety in the treacherous fishing industry. more

Child's play
Over 115 million of the world's children and young teenagers, or more than 7 per cent of the total, are engaged in dangerous and life-threatening jobs, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has said. more

Fashion victims
Would you want to see someone choke and die, just so your jeans could have a fashionably battered look? Hazards discovers the sandblasting process used by garment firms is ripping to shreds the lungs of the workers churning out billions of pairs each year. more

Photofile image To Europe and beyond
The European Work Hazards Network brings together unions, safety campaigners and academics to exchange information and campaign strategies on workplace health and safety. It knows hazards know no borders – and it is now seeking new links with like-minded campaigners worldwide. more

Photofile image Our day
It is the world’s largest health and safety event, involving thousands of trade unions representing millions of members across 100 countries. more

Photofile image issue 1110 Samsung's shame
Campaigners have so far collated evidence suggesting 23 Samsung workers in Korea have suffered from haematopoietic cancers like leukaemia or lymphoma, and at least nine workers have died. more

Photofile image issue 108 Target Asia
Canada increased its asbestos exports last year. But a new organisation, the Asian Ban Asbestos Network (A-BAN), is not letting the deadly trade go unopposed. more

Photofile image issue 108 Child labour
Child labour isn’t about helping out mum and dad. For millions of children worldwide, it’s a way of life. more

H105 Working world FACK at work
Familes Against Corporate Killers (FACK) members speak about their high profile campaign for justice.
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Asbestos threats
The asbestos industry may be ailing, but it’s not dead yet. more

Thai troubles
When 54 migrant workers suffocated in April, the world’s media focused momentarily on Thailand’s appalling safety record. But a new group says deadly exploitation is routine and largely ignored. more

Working in Japan
Many of today’s fast and furious work methods originated in Japan. Mick Holder looks at how JOSHRC, a small, union-backed advocacy organisation, has ensured safe and healthy work has survived on the agenda.
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Palestine
Israeli occupation and an economic crisis in Palestine mean the jobs that do exist tend to be poorly paid, unsafe and insecure.
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Lumbered
The Chilean Confederation of Forestry Workers (CFT) is one of the most active unions on health and safety in the sector anywhere in the world. more

Making links
AAWL’s Manrico Moro describes the Melbourne-based organisation’s groundbreaking regional health and safety project. more

Human Wreckage
Shipbreaking workers from India travelled to London to expose the deadly risks commonplace in the industry and to demand urgent reforms to save lives.
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Supply chains
Why should a worker in Bangladesh have to put her or his life on the line simply to make a cheap sweater or t-shirt for European shoppers? Nina Ascoly of the Clean Clothes Campaign describes the global campaign for safe work and justice. more


Life and death in Gujarat
Gujarat is one of the most industrialised regions of India providing millions of extremely hard, harsh and hazardous jobs. PTRC explains how it works to improve working conditions. more


China
Rapid industrialisation has seen China emerge as an economic superpower. It has also brought hundreds of thousands of cases of occupational disease each year and tens of thousands of workplace fatalities. more


Hazards Campaign
How can thousands of workers in one of the world’s richest nations die each year because they face obvious and preventable hazards at work? Workers have to organise for the sake of their health. more


VTHC
Unions in the state of Victoria, Australia, have been breaking new ground on workplace health and safety for over 150 years. more


NUMSA
Hlokoza Motau, international officer with metalworkers’ union NUMSA, explains how the union fights hazards and apartheid’s deadly legacy. more


Enough said
CUPE national health and safety director Anthony Pizzino tells Hazards why his union said "enough!" and moved to a more militant approach to union health and safety, with organisation at its core. more


Don't mess with the unions
A global union campaign has seen James Hardie's rapid descent from darling of the stockmarket to company in crisis, facing protests and legal action on three continents.
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Union mettle
Anita Gardner of the International Metalworkers' Federation (IMF) describes the global union's campaign to protect shipbreaking workers.
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Vital signs
New Zealand's Labour government, after intensive lobbying from unions, has introduced new laws requiring worker participation in health and safety.
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Bargaining on safety
Cathy Walker, health and safety director of autoworkers' union CAW, describes the Canadian unions' lifesaving fight for better rights and better workplaces. more

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Secrets of the cleanrooms
From Silicon Glen in Scotland to Silicon Plateau in India, there are serious concerns about the long term health and environmental impact of the micro-electronics industry. more

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Growing pains
With agriculture one of the most dangerous industries, improving health and safety is a top union priority. more

Have a safe journey
ITF says co-ordinated union action on a workplace, national and global scale is the ticket to safer transport. more

Material damage
Global union ITGLWF tackles textiles hazards. more

Union building
In construction at least 108,000 workers are killed on site every year, says global union IFBWW. more

Two million killed each year
"If terrorism took such a toll, just imagine what would be said and done." Jukka Takala, ILO. more

Made in China
Global movement towards local solutions. more

Safety in numbers
Global mega-union ICEM is making things safer at work more

Building solidarity
Asia photofile: Union backed OHSE institute tackles deaths disgrace. more

Little luxuries
Union tour sees the bitter fruits of international exploitation. more

 

 

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