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Studies in Political Economy. Number 37 (1992), p. 95-127.


The toll capitalist production takes on the lives and health of workers has been, and continues to be one of its least acceptable features. For this reason, the labour movement and political parties seeking labour's support have often made reform of occupational health and safety regulation a major objective. In recent years, for example, the New Democratic Party in Ontario has vociferously criticized the failures of the governments of the day to protect adequately the workers in the province. Their recent electoral success provides a great opportunity to improve the work environment and to strengthen the ability of the labour movement to influence decision making in this regard at both the provincial and enterprise levels.

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