Work deaths should
have same priority as road deaths
29 April 2002
die from work-related accidents or illnesses than are killed
on the nation's roads, but governments are failing to give occupational
health and safety the same priority as the road toll, the Australian
Council of Trades Unions has said.
Workers' Union (BWU) will today - Workers' Memorial Day, join
trade unions across the world in paying a moment's silence in
observance of workers who have died from occupational injuries.
It say it wants Social Partners to pay renewed attention to
the improvement of health and safety at the workplace.
Decades of struggle
by workers and their unions have resulted in significant improvements
in working conditions. But the toll of workplace injuries, illnesses
and deaths remains enormous. Each year more than 60,000 workers
die from job injuries and illnesses and another 6 million are
injured. The unions of the AFL-CIO remember these workers on
April 28, Workers Memorial Day.