Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
On-line version ISSN 1678-4561Print version ISSN 1413-8123
SOUZA, Kátia Reis de and BRITO, Jussara Cruz de. Trade unionism, working conditions and health: the perspective of educational professionals in Rio de Janeiro. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.2, pp.379-388. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232012000200012.
The scope of this paper is to analyze and interpret the problems and prospects of trade union activity, in order to achieve changes in the workplace and promote health in schools by means of the experience of the Training Program in Health, Gender and Work in Public Schools. In order to conduct this research we staged interviews with union leaders and education professionals. In our analysis we concentrated on the report of a specific case, namely the State Union of Education Professionals in Rio de Janeiro (SEPE-RJ). We perceived that, after the training program, the campaign began to focus not only on the defense of certain rights that are traditionally present on the union agenda. The concept of health broadens the union concept of working conditions; it also allows workers in schools to be the protagonists of movements for change. We note, moreover, the sense of renewal that the theme "work" - in its relation to health - has given to trade union militancy.
Keywords : Occupational health; Working in schools; Health of education professionals.