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Hazard or Hardship: Crafting Global Norms on the Right to Refuse Unsafe Work

Jeffrey Hilgert


Today, hazardous work kills 2.3 million people each year and injures millions more. Among the most compelling yet controversial forms of legal protection for workers is the right to refuse unsafe work. The rise of globalization, precarious work, neoliberal politics, attacks on unions, and the idea of individual employment rights have challenged the protection of occupational health and safety for workers worldwide. This book presents the protection of refusal rights as a moral and a human rights question. The book finds that the protection of the right to refuse unsafe work, as constituted und ... More

Keywords: hazardous work, hazards, unsafe work, occupational health, international labor standards, employment rights, freedom of association, human rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451898
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451898.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Hilgert, author
Assistant Professor of Industrial Relations, the University of Montreal