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Not a paradox but accelerating erosion of long-term labour contracts 1. Supply chains fracture employers' side of labour contracts 2. Casual and globalized.

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1 Not a paradox but accelerating erosion of long-term labour contracts 1. Supply chains fracture employers' side of labour contracts 2. Casual and globalized labour fractures workers side 3. Workers' voice erodes as present OHS system is built for permanent work in large workplaces Kaj Frick Wheres workers voice? No 1

2 Steps for workers' voice to improve OHS 1. To get an effective voice, workers have to: I. Perceive the risks II. Articulate them into demands and III. Be heard by those who control the risks 2. Safety reps have special rights to pass these steps 3. But their voice is eroded in the same manner as all workers by the changing labour relations Kaj Frick Wheres workers voice? No 2

3 Fracturing labour relations hamper risk perception 1. Dose-response links diffused in research and to workers 2. Inexperienced workers perceive less also of acute risks 3. Info and support hard to reach casual workers in small firms 4. Customers and suppliers provide inadequate risk information 5. Self-employed & migrant labour aggravate all of the problems Kaj Frick Wheres workers voice? No 3

4 Use and influence of workers' voice is obstructed even more Many risks are obvious but workers' voice is weak against them: 1. Self-employed, casual or small firm workers less right of voice 2. More alone – less supported by unions, inspectors or others 3. Dare not speak up for fear of losing the job 4. Their employers can anyhow often do little against the risks 5. Voice is rarely heard along supply chain, outside the workplace Kaj Frick Wheres workers voice? No 4

5 Recognition mediates between perception and articulation into voice 1. A fourth step of recognition before risks can be articulated 2. Cognizance is a complex process of consonance, learning, motives, values etc. 3. Recognition in workers' voice is thus a social construction of risk 4. Risk recognition best understood as communities of practice: Collective learning of meaning and identity of work Kaj Frick Wheres workers voice? No 5

6 The Escher-steps of workers' voice work backwards when not being heard 1. When not listened too, workers don't articulate risks as preventable 2. Perceived risks are down-plaid and recognized-constructed as facts of life 3. At best behavioral safety – i.e. blame the victim 4. Or injuries part of macho-culture – it won't happen to me Kaj Frick Wheres workers voice? No 6

7 What to do? – Politics for health at work through stronger external networks Employers: Fractured work but nearly all in networks 1. OHS duties in supply chains: AU truck & clothes, SE purchase 2. Economic, media & authorities for voluntary OHSM in networks 3. Inspection to reach significant share and go upstream in networks Workers-unions 4. External union support imperative when weak at workplace 5. Regional safety reps: Right of entry without members Kaj Frick Wheres workers voice? No 7


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