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Worker's knowledge and views on interaction with health and safety representatives, an exploratory qualitative study

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dc.contributor.author Ollé Espluga, Laia
dc.contributor.author Vergara Duarte, Montserrat
dc.contributor.author Menéndez Fuster, María
dc.contributor.author Benach, Joan
dc.contributor.author Vázquez, María Luisa
dc.date.accessioned 2024-05-10T07:12:00Z
dc.date.available 2024-05-10T07:12:00Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Ollé-Espluga L, Vergara-Duarte M, Menéndez-Fuster M, Benach J, Vázquez ML. Worker's knowledge and views on interaction with health and safety representatives, an exploratory qualitative study. Relations industrielles. 2019 Autumn;74(4):719-41. DOI: 10.7202/1066832ar
dc.identifier.issn 0034-379X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/60100
dc.description.abstract The action of health and safety representatives (HSRs) has proven beneficial for workers’ occupational health, but a number of determining factors can diminish HSRs’ effectiveness. One understudied factor shaping HSRs’ effectiveness is the interaction that exists between workers and HSRs, that is, the relationship that workers and their representatives establish with each other throughout a wide range of processes. In this paper, we explore the workers’ knowledge and opinions of their interaction with HSRs and its determinants. We undertook a qualitative exploratory and descriptive-interpretative study by means of 22 semi-structured interviews with a theoretical sample of workers from Barcelona and Girona (Spain). Results show a vast unawareness of HSRs’ existence and functions among workers; only the few workers who know the HSRs personally describe interaction processes with them, mainly concerning hazard identification. Some of the workers mentioned processes of interaction with unions regarding health and safety at work. These processes consist mainly in raising issues with union representatives and, in a more limited way, in associating with occupational health mobilizations and participating in decision-making processes. Determining factors of the interaction between workers and -health and safety or union- representatives emerge strongly in relation to representatives and workers and, in a more diluted way, with regard to the context or the firm. The study contributes to the research concerning the building of relations of representativeness as a way to better understand (and represent) workers’ needs and provides strategic insight for collective representation bodies to regain their legitimacy.
dc.description.sponsorship This work was supported by the project “Evaluating the impact of structural policies on health inequalities and their social determinants and fostering change (SOPHIE)” funded by European Commission (FP7/2007-2013), [Grant Agreement 278173].
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Université Laval. Département des Relations Industrielles
dc.relation.ispartof Relations industrielles/Industrial relations. 2019 Autumn;74(4):719-41
dc.rights Tous droits réservés © Département des relations industrielles de l’Université Laval, 2019.
dc.title Worker's knowledge and views on interaction with health and safety representatives, an exploratory qualitative study
dc.title.alternative Connaissances et opinions des travailleurs sur les interactions avec leurs représentants en santé et sécurité: une étude qualitative exploratoire
dc.title.alternative Conocimiento y opiniones de los trabajadores sobre la interacción con representantes de salud y seguridad: un estudio exploratorio cualitativo
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.7202/1066832ar
dc.subject.keyword Occupational health
dc.subject.keyword Worker participation
dc.subject.keyword Interaction
dc.subject.keyword Spain
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/278173
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

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