Fighting for Lives and Livelihoods: Workers, the Pandemic and the Law

It has been widely reported that when the COVID-19 pandemic began, governments and employers were ill-informed, ill-prepared and in many cases willing to risk the lives of workers for profits-leading to occupational health and safety failures globally. This issue brief focuses on the fights by workers to ensure safe and healthy working conditions during the pandemic and how they were able to use the law to do so. This includes 11 case studies from Argentina, France, India, Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States and a global essay about seafarers. 

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