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Union representatives must expand the scope of issues discussed by the joint health and safety committees to include new or emerging hazards.

CUPE will:

  • Raise awareness among members that issues of workload, stress, discrimination, harassment and violence should be discussed and documented as occupational hazards.
  • Support health and safety activists to bring issues such as workload to the joint committees for resolution.
  • Ensure that all injuries and illnesses arising from new or emerging hazards, such as HIV/AIDS, are documented and dealt with by the joint committee.
  • Demand that employers be held accountable for their legislated obligations to prevent injuries and illnesses and to uphold human rights as part of their obligations.