arrow for change – risky business: women and occupational health


While economists and development professionals generally extol the benefits of industrial development, few mention the hidden costs of increased deaths and fatalities at work. Women are amongst the injured and dead as they have “enjoyed” the greatest rise in labour force participation, mainly in lowly paid, low skill manufacturing jobs.

Increasingly women’s work is dispersed, being out-sourced to subcontractors or done at home, making them invisible to mainstream labour administration and trade unions.

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