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SOCIAL PROTECTION LINK CATEGORY SUMMARY

SOCIAL PROTECTION


Labour Education
CONTENT: Workers and their representatives can improve their understanding of the many forces that shape their futures through learning. Many online resources are available as well as opportunities to take a seat in a classroom or lecture hall. Many of these resources share common ground. For example, studies, research, archives and training share labour history in common.
Economics
CONTENT: Theory and practice about command economies or free market economies show that they all use money as the form of exchange. Optimal accumulation and distribution of the currency within a region is one of the fundamental requirements of economic security for the population.
Industrial Relations
CONTENT: Within any economic sector, the interplay between workers and their employers can be evaluated. Models of this social interaction can be used to further improve the relationships between all the partners leading to greater social stability.
Labour and Trade Union Studies
CONTENT: Educators prepare courses of study which incorporate information the students find meaningful. Workers and management gain insight and empowerment through accreditation process.
Labour History
CONTENT: Regions celebrate their labour heritage by presenting their local heroes and villains within the context of the working class struggle. Vocations and economic sectors are profiled to promote the worker legacy.
Labour Libraries
CONTENT: Depositories of archival records have been catalogued and preserved in these specialized institutions. They are open to the public.
Labour Research Centres
CONTENT: Research attempts to solve pressing problems whose solution has yet to be found. Using scientific reasoning, social scientists can potentially develop guidance which leads toward greater social sustainability.
Statistics
CONTENT: Statistics are used to prepare labour centered reports about patterns and trends of worker and workplace activities.
Trade Union Training
CONTENT: Activists, employer representatives, unionists, negotiators, militants all benefit from training programs and development.
Worker Ownership
CONTENT: Employee and worker ownership plans and systems offer participation to build communities and save jobs.

Legal Access
CONTENT: Acceptance of the rule of law is promoted along with other democratic fundamentals. Workers can begin to get justice once they gain equal access to the legal system that has been manipulated against them.
Arbitration Services
CONTENT: Arbitration, and the less formal processes of mediation and conciliation are used to resolve disputes between parties in conflict. Both parties agree to accept the decision of the adjudicator as final and binding. Usually, the adversaries split the cost of the services provided.
Government Labour Board and Labour Departments       5 Sub-Categories
CONTENT: Organized labor and management function within fixed geo-political boundaries. Their obligations and responsibilities to one another and to society at large are constantly in a state of flux. Public servants provide a means of administering legislation that affects both parties.

Immigration Information
CONTENT: The movement of workers is the most controlled and regulated aspect of worker freedoms. Accredited professionals can provide services to deal with the extensive bureaucratic hurdles.
Labour Law
CONTENT: Labour law is a specialized practice that generates a large accumulation of judgements and awards. This case law can be accessed online through free and pay-for-content providers. Commentary on some decisions is also available.
Law and Legal Information
CONTENT: Locating the applicable law, regulation, standard or decision online is facilitated by dedicated information providers.
Legal Services
CONTENT: Representatives, advocates, lawyers, barristers, solicitors offer services dealing with workplace disputes. These professionals also assist with claims for: injured victims, worker compensation, health and safety violations, harassment, abuse, personal injury violations.
Strikes and Lockouts
CONTENT: Withdrawal of available work from the workers, called a lockout, is the basic weapon employers use to force labour to accept their demands. Withdrawal of their labour from the employer, called a strike, is the basic weapon workers use to force management to accept their demands.
US Department of Labor
CONTENT: The United States Department of Labor provides thousands-upon-thousands of pages of material covering federal and state employment standards, statistics, laws, regulations, and advisories. A wealth of helpful information about programs, initiatives, processes, practices, procedures and principals is also available.

Socio-economic Security
CONTENT: For most of the world's population, economic security is having a job, Without a job, there is no security. Without a job, there is no security for the worker, the family, and moreover, without jobs there is no security for the community. First world countries have extensive first-rate social security programs. These social safety nets are under development in the developing world and non-existent for the majority of the world's workers.
Benefits Programs       21 Sub-Categories
CONTENT: Employment benefits flow from legislation and are augmented by employment contract negotiations between organized labour and business. Benefits are typically provided by a third party. Individual protections can be contracted for through a benefits provider broker or agent. Benefit programming and its administration is a huge economic sector of its own employing millions of workers.

  • Pension Plan for Public Employees
    CONTENT: Public employees are workers employed directly or indirectly by some level of government. These public sector pension plans usually cover thousands of workers.

  • Pension Plan for Private Sector Employees
    CONTENT: Some private sector employers offer pension plans to some of their workers. Employees that work for the same enterprise for several decades can retire with pension benefits supplied by the employer or a third party plan.

  • Union Trustee Administered Pension Plan
    CONTENT: Many workers are represented by the same union representative but work for many different employers throughout their careers. For these skilled trades persons, it makes sense to have the union provide their benefits through a third party pension administrator.

  • Benefit Plan for Public Employees
    CONTENT: Benefit plans offered to public employees contain many different components. Some programs are set up so that a single provider acts as administrator for all the benefit components. Other programs can be configured to have a separate administrator for groups of benefits such as health, death, retirement, unemployment supplements and so on.

  • Long Service Leave Plan
    CONTENT: Long Service Leave programs are available to construction workers in Australia.

  • Benefit Plan for Private Sector Employees
    CONTENT: Benefit plans offered to private sector employees contain many different components. Some programs are set up so that a single provider acts as administrator for all the benefit components. Other programs can be configured to have a separate administrator for groups of benefits such as health, death, retirement, unemployment supplements and so on.

  • Union Trustee Administered Benefit Plan
    CONTENT: Benefit plans offered by Union Trustee Administered programs may contain many different components. Some programs are set up so that a single provider acts as administrator for all the benefit components. Other programs can be configured to have a separate administrator for groups of benefits such as health, death, retirement, unemployment supplements and so on.

  • Credit Union
    CONTENT: Many organized workers enjoy the benefits of participating in a financial institution that services the account holders and not just the stock holders. Credit Unions typically offer lower lending rates and more flexible repayment schedules than the major banks.

  • Discount Benefit Plan
    CONTENT: Large service providers have developed discount programs for organizations that have tens of thousands of members. With bulk buying and bulk discounts, these members get the services at a much lower price than the general public does.

  • Home Ownership Benefit Plan
    CONTENT: Very large unions of organized workers can partner with national financial institutions. These joint ventures provide the opportunity for the workers to obtain lower cost mortgage loans and other financing arrangements for homes.

  • Education, Family, Social Benefit Plan
    CONTENT: Some large employers offer comprehensive participation programs for workers and their families. By constructing and operating facilities in the communities, these employers can continue to ensure their workers are working hard and playing hard as well.

  • Legal Benefit Plan
    CONTENT: Benefit plans can include provisions for pre-paid legal services. These plans help the worker settle small claims and other disputes at low cost. Help with the preparation of standard legal document, like real estate forms, will and testaments are also covered.

  • Royalty Benefit Plan
    CONTENT: Individual entertainers are unable to challenge large media corporations that fail to pay royalties for use of the artistic works. Organized entertainers have developed powerful administrative entities that take on the media giants on behalf of their members. These outfits have become so successful that the media industry have partnered with them to take on the piracy problems that plague both the artist and the mogul.

  • Special Service Benefit Plan
    CONTENT: Some groups of workers have specialized needs that address problems that result from the nature of work they do. Benefit programs are set up to deal with these workplace difficulties.

  • Benefit Provider Oversight
    CONTENT: Major benefit programs involve the allocation of vast some of money. Administrators must follow the rules and regulations set out for the operation of these programs. Further oversight comes using benefit industry self-governance associations.

  • Benefit Provider Coalition
    CONTENT: Regional benefit providers can join together to form coalitions and other advocacy groupings. These alliances can work as a unit on behalf of the members.

  • Benefit Provider Professionals
    CONTENT: The gigantic benefits plan industry has its own type of employee, with their own type of professional affiliations and certifications. These administrators network amongst themselves in order to deal with issues that are particular to their employment.

  • Benefit Provider Sales and Service
    CONTENT: Many workers do not have access to comprehensive benefit programs through their workplace. Benefit providers do offer coverage to workers directly through individual plans setup to cover the workers particular needs.

  • Benefit Plan Info
    CONTENT: There are resources available that help the general public understand the ins and outs of benefit plan offerings.

  • Benefit Plan Research
    CONTENT: Institutions and commissions prepare reports concerning many aspects of the benefits programs industry.

  • Pension Plan Help
    CONTENT: The federal and regional legislation that regulates the pension industry is both complicated and complex. Governments and others can provide enough information for the individual to get help with their pension problems.

Environmental Protection
CONTENT: Workers have fundamental human rights. These rights are ignored by businesses that value profits over human life. The environmental movement attempts to bring the exploitation of the environment by business to heel.
Environmentalist Labour Alliance
CONTENT: The interests of the environmentalist and organized labour have long been intertwined. Sustainability solutions that help both workers and the environment are now being put forward by alliances and coalitions of these and other groups.
Health and Safety       15 Sub-Categories
CONTENT: Health and Safety, alternately called Safety and Health is the single, largest subject area where workers, the world over, find consensus. That which kills, injures, maims or debilitates workers in one hemisphere does so in any other. The effects of toxic chemicals on workers is not open for interpretation as other 'realities' of the workplace are. Furthermore, technical documentation and supporting materials are available for workers to educate and inform themselves and others about the dangers at work. Compared to 'just decisions', the vast array of safety devices, practices, and procedures that have been developed are more easily implemented and used in workplaces because of the commonality of human frailty.

  • Abuse and Harassment
    CONTENT: Workers can take effective steps to remove the sources of abuse and harassment. By using step-by-step techniques, the victim and the representation can restore dignity, respect and open communication.

  • Ailments
    CONTENT: Ailments caused by the work environment can be identified and treated.

  • Associations
    CONTENT: Associations which focus on particular facets offer programs, products and services.

  • Compensation and Insurance
    CONTENT: Some jurisdiction have legislated the compensation of injured workers by a third party provider. Employers can be compelled to pay a premium to the organization which it uses to develop and deliver the required compensation package to the victim. Compensation insurance providers can also be charged with the responsibility of administering and enforcing all jurisdictional laws, rules, and regulations at the workplace.

  • Disability
    CONTENT: Disabled workers have formed organizations which lobby governments to enact legislation which provides them with entitlements. Disabled workers network to obtain access to employment opportunities. Removing societal barriers is the focus of many disabled worker advocacy groups.

  • Education and Training
    CONTENT: Injury prevention and hazard elimination are two goals of education and training. All workers can be instructed in the application of First Aid.

  • Environmental Factors
    CONTENT: The inter-relationships between the workplace and its community are studied and reported on.

  • Ergonomics
    CONTENT: Ergonomics is about interfacing people with their physical surroundings. Pain, injury and suffering can be reduced and finally eliminated by building the job around the needs of the worker.

  • Hazardous Substances
    CONTENT: Safe use of hazardous substances comes through education, training and compliance. Workers need to have the complete documentation about the hazards to which they are exposed to.

  • Heat Stress
    CONTENT: The body's internal temperature cannot be allowed to rise much above normal without serious consequences to the person's health. The stress effects from elevated workplace temperatures can cause permanent injury and death.

  • Information
    CONTENT: Health and safety problems and concerns can be addressed by utilizing the solutions found by others who have dealt with related circumstances. Workers can search for information which is available online.

  • Organizations
    CONTENT: Government, labour and communities sponsor these institutions which improve worker welfare in the near and long-term.

  • Research
    CONTENT: Ongoing research is conducted to improve on the outcomes of solutions in use today.

  • Services
    CONTENT: Third parties can be hired to provide health, safety, ambulatory, training and other services at the workplace. These providers help defray the costs while giving the workers up-to-date, comprehensive assistance.

    Effective Public Safety services are provided by government to serve the people. Special interests have been permitted to operate businesses that serve only economic stakeholders. Bias, conflict of interest, and poor corporate governance prevent any chance for a trend to develop.

  • Treatments
    CONTENT: Treatments for specific health and safety problems are delivered by specialized providers at the workplace or at certified facilities.

Labour Conference
CONTENT: Labour centres and conferences provide forums for inter-relations between their membership.
Labour Sponsored Capital and Investment Funds
CONTENT: Independent organizations have been established to provide workers with opportunities to invest their savings using the services of like-minded fund mangers.
Labour Solidarity
CONTENT: Workers join together to take a stand against their oppressors. The working class takes on forces that operate multinationally, and a multinational offensive is developing to battle the multicorporate juggernaut. Online solidarity enables communication between far-flung advocates to co-ordinate their concerted efforts.
Living Wage
CONTENT: Groups of workers demanding a fair day's pay for a fair day's work bring their cause online. Throughout the world, these groups focus on: Low Pay, Fair Wage, Living Wage programs in an effort help these workers to escape poverty. By forming coalitions with other active community networks they fight for the implementation of fair wages that meet the worker's basic needs.
Miscellaneous Labour Resources
CONTENT: Groups having kindred relations with labour
Public and Social Services
CONTENT: Community agencies provide services to working people and the unemployed.
Social Justice
CONTENT: Social Justice groups work to end oppression. Workers belong to, participate in, support, and contribute to these alliances, coalitions and networks worldwide.
Social Security
CONTENT: Effective Social Security services are provided by government to serve the people. These providers communicate with one another between jurisdictions and form associations.
Trade Union Support
CONTENT: Individuals, community groups, and workers join forces to form structures that support their causes.
Work Life
CONTENT: Many workplace issues that have not been addressed by legislation, collective agreements, or traditional practices are now gaining national and international attention.


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