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SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Economic growth should be a positive force for the planet. SDG 8 promotes sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth coupled with decent and fulfilling employment for all. EUC researchers are investigating the intersections between global labour rights and COVID-19 to initiate positive economic environments for all.

Migrant and refugee workers in Alberta's meatpacking industry face precarious conditions under COVID-19

Jennifer Hyndman and Bronwyn Bragg, alongside the community-based organization ActionDignity, collaborated to examine the intersections between immigration, temporary migration policies, and the health and safety of immigrant and migrant ‘essential’ workers in response to the COVID-10 pandemic’s impact in the meatpacking industry in Southern Alberta. Their research demonstrates the importance of creating safe and decent working conditions for all.

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Labour relations in the global fishing industry

The global fishing industry is notorious for its mistreatment of workers. Peter Vandergeest and Philip Kelly, alongside their team of researchers and graduate students, have worked collaboratively to understand labour issues experienced by these fishery workers and the organizations that support them, in addition to the impacts they felt in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. By unpacking social, technological, ecological, and economic processes, this team of researchers is supporting a more sustainable global fishery industry that treats its workers with greater dignity.

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Reorienting labor unions in pandemic

Labour rights, and safe and secure working conditions, are integral markers of decent work. Labour geographer Steven Tufts specializes in understanding the role of unions and collective action in shaping our economic, environmental, and social landscapes. The COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented hurdles to workers, which Tufts found could be mitigated by labour unions. His work demonstrates the importance of labour rights and movements in creating safe working spaces during the pandemic and beyond.

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