Hesperian Health Guides
Chapter 19: Working too much, too fast, for too little
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But jobs are designed by people and can be changed by people. Workers, their supporters in the community, and the companies and people who buy their products can demand that employers fulfill their responsibility to:
- pay a living wage, enough so workers don’t need overtime to live well.
- give rest and meal breaks during the day.
- prohibit mandatory overtime.
- pay workers for sick time and pregnancy leave.
- give workers at least 1 day off weekly and all legal holidays and vacations.
- eliminate injuries from too-fast line speeds and high production quotas.
In many countries, rules covering wages, hours, and working conditions are already part of the law. Too often, governments fail to enforce these laws.