Occupational exposure to COVID-19

COVID-19 is already an occupational disease, and this changes the responsibility of employers and forces us to rethink workers’ safety. 

recognizing COVID-19 as an occupational disease

Access to rights and collective representation through unions is vital to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. It is vital to ensuring collective action and cooperation. It is vital to ensuring thar we are doing this. It is also vital to tackling the post-COVID-19 crisis and recession. By ignoring unions and refusing to negotiate the changes necessary to ensure a safe workplace in this catastrophic pandemic, employers are increasing risk and creating doubt, leaving millions of workers with the obvious question: if we’re working together to overcome COVID-19 … who exactly is “we”?

Council of Global Unions Statement on Recognition of COVID-19 as an Occupational Disease

UN Human Rights experts: every worker must be protected!

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