Determining Health: Decent work issue brief
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Determining Health: Decent work issue brief describes decent work as a determinant of health. It provides an overview of the peer-reviewed literature, policy documents and other grey literature to illustrate the health impacts of employment and working conditions on workers and populations in Canada.
This issue brief considers power and intersectionality in its analysis, which makes it a key contribution to the Canadian social determinant of health evidence-base. This Issue Brief is solutions oriented. It outlines the problem, hazardous work and precarious employment, and describes the solution, decent work.
The health equity impacts of hazardous work and precarious employment are described throughout an individual’s life course, across generations, and differentially between social identities (ex. gender, race, age, immigration status).
Decent work is a shared vision, an agenda for change and a movement in Canada that public health practitioners can learn from, work with, and support to address the harmful consequence of hazardous work and precarious employment. This piece purports that community organizers, labour unions and non-government organizations are key partners for intersectoral action.
This is a helpful resource for practitioners and learners in public health, health care, and policy who wish to understand the basics of working and employment conditions and decent work.
This issue brief draws on the social sciences to illustrate how structural determinants, societal norms, and worker disempowerment contributes to the quality and availability of jobs for specific populations. Both early career and experienced practitioners are sure to learn something new to inform their practice from this work’s unique analysis.
Use this resource to:
- Understand the health-related impacts of work conditions and employment conditions on individuals and populations
- Identify public health action at multiple levels to address decent work as a determinant of health
- Facilitate discussion about health equity impacts of hazardous work and precarious employment throughout an individuals’ life course, across generations, and differentially between social identities (ex. gender, race, age, immigration status)
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health. (2022). Determining Health: Decent work issue brief. Antigonish (NS): NCCDH, St. Francis Xavier University.