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ARGENTINA

 

For this 28th April, several activities will be organised by Argentinean trade unions. Here’s a short list:

CGT The Confederación General del Trabajo (CGT) will organise a variety of actions, including union meetings in workplaces, the distribution of awareness raising materials on the impact bad occupational health and safety has on workers’ lives, the inclusion of a 28th April banner in all CGT affiliates’ websites, and the distribution of a 28th April poster.

For more information on CGT Argentina actions for 28th April, please contact Marta Pujadas

CTA The Central de los Trabajadores de la Argentina (CTA), will introduce in a public audience in the Parliament, their proposal for a new law on workplace violence, which will include also issues related to intrinsic violence related to precarious work. More information on the union proposal can be found here

For more information, you can contact: Jorge YabkowskiorMarcelo Fiscina 

The Central de Trabajadores de la Argentina (CTA) through its members C.T.E.R.A. (Education), A.G.T.S.y P.(Subway), SUTEBA (Education), SUTNA (tyres), FOETRA (telecommunications) and FETIA (Industry). They will all coordinate a panel on occupational health and safety in the framework of the ‘Risks at work’ week, which will take place in Tecnopolis – a major exhibition taking place in Buenos Aires. They will deal with issues such as outsourcing, working conditions in the education sector, and challenges related to negotiating about health and safety.

For more information, you can contact Francisco Ledesma

BRAZIL

 

For this 28th April, Brazilian trade union centers CGTB, CTB, CUT, FORÇA SINDICAL, NCST and UGT have decided to mobilise around a specific OHS theme: work harassment and institutional violence. Across the country, trade unions will be organising rallies and events, showing their commitment to defend the victims of a production process which prioritises profits against the protection of people’s life and dignity. For the full description of the unions’ call for action, please read the portuguese version below. For more information on this event, please contact Ismael Gianeri UGT.

Em todo o mundo milhões de trabalhadores se acidentam e centenas de milhares morrem no exercício do trabalho a cada ano. No Brasil, os números também são impressionantes.
Contudo, os dados representam apenas uma pequena parte da realidade, pelos motivos a seguir:

Os números apresentados pelo governo brasileiro referem-se unicamente aos trabalhadores registrados pelo regime celetista (forma de contratação de profissional), pois os servidores públicos possuem sistema de previdência a parte (outra forma de contratação, diferenciada), não recebendo benefícios do INSS (Instituto Nacional de Previdência Social), de cuja base de dados são extraídos os números.

Outro fato que contribui para o conhecimento de apenas uma parte da realidade é que, apesar da legislação brasileira determinar que as empresas notifiquem as ocorrências de acidentes e doenças do trabalho com a emissão da Comunicação de Acidente de Trabalho (CAT), os empregadores descumprem sistematicamente essa exigência, principalmente quando se tratam de doenças do trabalho.

Por sua vez, o aumento dos acidentes e das doenças do trabalho, resultantes da gestão e da organização da produção, faz com que o país gaste bilhões em recursos públicos com assistência médica, benefícios por incapacidade temporária ou permanente e pensões por morte de trabalhadores vítimas das más condições de trabalho. Além disso, vale ressaltar que o adoecimento afeta a vida dos trabalhadores não apenas do ponto de vista econômico mas também do ponto de vista social e profissional.

Diante deste contexto, as centrais sindicais brasileiras: CGTB, CTB, CUT, FORÇA SINDICAL, NCST E UGT, que tradicionalmente marcam o 28 de Abril com a realização de atividades sobre um tema específico relacionado às questões que afetam a saúde e a integridade física e psicológica dos trabalhadores, estão adotando os temas do assédio moral no trabalho e da violência organizacional.

Por todo o território nacional as entidades sindicais estarão realizando manifestações sobre esses e outros temas lembrando as inúmeras vítimas desse processo cruel que coloca a produção e o lucro acima da proteção da vida e da integridade das pessoas.

Para mas informação, contatar-se com Ismael Gianeri, UGT.

CANADA/QUEBEC

 

CSN Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) from Quebec will wear a black ribbon to commemorate workers who have lost their lives or get injured at work, and at 10am will organise a minute of silence in their memory.

The national assembly will have its flag half-mast on 28th April following a demand from quebecois trade unions. Unions will be highlighting the risks related to precarious work, as according to a vast survey, precarious workers are more hit by occupational hazards.

Unions will maintain their call bipartite occupational health and safety committees in all workplaces, and additional time for prevention. For more information on CSN activities for this 28th April, please contact Judith Carroll

FRANÇAIS: Tout comme l’année dernière, le 28 avril sera marqué par la mise en berne du drapeau du Québec à l’Assemblée nationale.

Par ailleurs, les membres de la Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) sont invités à porter un ruban noir, pour commémorer les travailleuses et les travailleurs morts ou blessés du travail. De plus, dans tous nos milieux de travail, à 10 heures, une minute de silence sera observée afin de permettre à tout le monde de se souvenir des conséquences des accidents du travail et des maladies professionnelles.

En plus de souligner particulièrement les décès liés au transport, nous souhaitons par nos actions, attirer l’attention sur les risques d’accidents ou de maladies du travail importants qu’encourent les travailleuses et les travailleurs à statut précaire. D’après une vaste enquête québécoise ces derniers subissent davantage de contraintes liées au travail que les autres catégories de travailleurs. Une de nos grandes préoccupations, la santé psychologique au travail, continue de se détériorer et nous entendons agir pour endiguer ce problème. Parmi nos revendications, soulignons aussi la mise en place de comités paritaires de santé et de sécurité dans tous les milieux de travail. Tout comme nous exigeons toujours un encadrement légal pour avoir plus de temps alloué à la prévention dans les milieux de travail.

Pour plus d'informations sur les activités au Québec pour ce 28 avril, veuillez s'il vous plaît communiquer avec Mme Judith Carroll par courriel ou consulter le site Internet de la CSN dédié exclusivement à cette journée de commémoration à: www.28avril.org

CROATIA

 

UATUC For this 28th April, the Union of Autonomous Trade Unions of Croatia (UATUC) will organise an expert round table focusing on stress at the workplace. The meeting will be hold in Zagreb, at the UATUC premises, on Friday, 25 April and will gather experts from the Croatian Institute for Protection of Health and Safety at Work, members of the UATUC OSH Coordination, presidents of the affiliated trade unions, shop stewards and OSH reps, occupational doctors and other (independent) experts.

On this occasion, the UATUC will also distribute information material (leaflets, brochures, posters etc.) on OSH and stress at workplace.

For more information on UATUC activities for this 28th April, please contact Dijana Šobota

GERMANY

 

IG BAU German construction workers’ union (IG BAU), will organize several events across the country. In Berlin, they will organize seminars dealing with asbestos (“asbestos still a killer?”)and dust (dust – a dangerous and underrated material”).

A worship will also be organized in church Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche.

Similar activities are also planned in Stuttgart. 

For more information on IG BAU activities for this 28th April, please contact Nadine Weimer

HUNGARY

 

LIGA The Hungarian Democratic League of independent Trade Unions, LIGA, will organise a two-day conference and a course on workplace health- and safety.
On April 28th, the first day of the conference, trade union youth representatives will organize a flashmob on the Danube shore where they build a spectacular memorial in the shape of a cross as symbol of the injured and killed workers.

In the evening, representatives of LIGA will visit the Memorial of Injured and Killed Workers in Hungary together with the members of the National Health- and Safety Committee, employees’ and employers’ organizations and health- and safety representatives of different companies as well as with members of NGOs, in order to promote the urgent need of creating safe and healthy workplaces. LIGA stands for its belief, that health- and safety should be an integrated part of labour-market policies independent from politics at all times. LIGA is ready to tackle these challenges together with all the trade union confederations in Hungary.

For more information on LIGA activities for this 28th April, please contact Eszter Labancz

INDIA

 

BHOPAL Bhopal 30 years on - still fighting for justice, International Workers' Memorial Day 2014 You are asked to remember the 25,000 Bhopalis who died as a result of the 1984 gas disaster, or are affected by the groundwater contamination from the same Union Carbide factory, and are invited to send a message of support to the survivors who continue in their struggle for justice. Send messages of support and photos, or video, of your message being read at your Workers’ Memorial Day event for inclusion on this page. Then visit later to see your message read aloud at a special memorial event taking place in Bhopal for IWMD. Please send your message, along with any other relevant details of your event, or organisation, to: admin@bhopal.orgFurther details28 April leaflet

GUJURAT Workers’ Health and Safety Network (WHSN) which counts with the involvement of trade unions and is facilitated by ANROAV, will organise protests outside the Town Hall and observe the International Workers’ Memorial Day.

In addition, a street play by organisations calling for people’s use of the NOTA option in the Indian elections (which means voting without choosing any of the candidates) will add a segment on OHS. 

For more information on these activities, please contact Jagdish Patel

NETHERLANDS

 

FNV For this Workers' Memorial Day, the Dutch national centre FNV will organise a conference on the issue of asbestos. Asbestos can be considered in the Netherlands as a cold killer. Every year some 900 - mostly retired - workers are killed by asbestos-related diseases.

More than 1.4 million tons of asbestos still have to be removed. While new, ambitious Legal Limit Values (or Binding Occupational Exposure Limit , BOEL’s) for asbestos exposure will be enforced, (the lowest BOEL s  for asbestos in the whole of Europe), unions believe this is not a guarantee for safe handling of asbestos. Without strengthened labour inspection, safe handling will not be assured.

Another question that will be discussed is that of the way financial compensation is organised in case of mesothelioma; in the Netherlands victims of this deadly disease receive 60.000 maximum, while in the UK a victim receive on the average some 180.000 Euros.

For more information on this event, please contact
Wim van Veelen

NIGERIA

 

NLC The Nigerian Labour Congress will join Government and Employers for three days of activities and commemorations around the country, with wide media publicity, advocacy visits, rallies in industrial estates, publication of a commemorative safety poster and a symposium to be held on 28th April in Abuja.

The Federal Ministry of Labour has equally directed that its state offices in the 36 States of Nigeria should also engage the stakeholders, including the state governments, for similar activities at the states' level. Consultative and collaborative meetings for planning these activities are being finalised

For more information on this event, please Maureen Onyia-Ekwuazi


SENEGAL

 

ISSET For this 28th April, the group bringing together all trade union centers from Senegal (the InterSyndicale Sécurité et Santé au Travail) will be organising a debate on the issue of chemical substances and occupational safety and health.

Unions will be focusing on different aspects of implementation of OHS legislation, as well as on the work needed for securing the ratification of ILO standards (C155, C161, C187, C170)

For more information on this event, please contact Ousmane Diop ousmdiop2004@yahoo.fr

Français: Pour ce 28 avril, l’intersyndicale sécurité et santé au travail, qui regroupe toutes les centrales syndicales du Sénégal, organisera une journée de débat sur la question des substances chimiques et le lien avec la santé au travail.

Les syndicats se concentreront sur différents éléments de l’application de la législation en vigueur, ainsi que sur le travail à développer pour garantir la ratification de certains instruments du BIT, notamment les conventions 155, 161, 187 et 170.

Pour davantage d’information sur cette réunion, veuillez contacter Ousmane Diop ousmdiop2004@yahoo.fr

SOUTH AFRICA

 

COSATU/FAWU IWMD is very close to South Africa’s Freedom day of 27 April. Despite this, the South African Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and its affiliate FAWU, which organise farm workers, will commemorate this day by educating farm workers about the health and safety roving safety representative programme that is unfolding in Limpopo, Mpumalanga.

An education pamphlet that will indicate worker’s rights and how they can defend themselves from any hazards in the workplace is being produced, under the banner “Remember the dead and fight for the living”. This work is being done in collaboration with the International Union of Food workers (IUF).

For more information on COSATU/FAWU activities for this 28th April, please contact Jacqueline Mpolokeng-Bodibe  jacqueline@cosatu.org.za

SPAIN

 

CC OO / UGT On 28th April, the Spanish trade unions Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) and Union  

General de Trabajadores (UGT) will mobilise against attempts to weaken workers’ protection, notably cuts in prevention policies.

Both trade union centers will organise hundreds of events, including seminars, rallies, debates, and press conferences across Spain aimed to underline the risks of the current deterioration of working conditions and the reduction of resources allocated to prevention of occupational risks in companies, which lead to a worst health and safety for people, including the risk of losing their lives. More

USO Another ITUC affiliate, USO will organise events under the slogan “Professional diseases: let’s make them visible” and has organized materials and FAQs.

For more information on CCOO and UGT activities for this 28th April, please contact Mr Francisco Javier Torres Fernandez and Emilio Gonzalez Vicente

UNITED KINGDOM

 

Trade Union Congress On 28th April, the British Trades Union Congress will use the day to highlight the need for strong regulation at national, European and global level.

They will emphasise the need to stop companies in the UK from benefitting from the lack of health and safety standards that lead to disasters such as the Bangladesh factory collapse that killed over 1,100 workers.

Ceremonies, seminars, demos and rallies will be organised all over the UK, with union activists’ reflecting on the dual purpose of the 28th April: Remember the dead, and fight for the living.

With the events taking place shortly before the European elections, the TUC will also be calling for a strong strategy on health and safety from the European Commission which will raise standards throughout Europe.

For more information on TUC activities for this 28th April, please contact Hugh Robertson or visit the dedicated TUC website

USDAW The shopworkers' union has produced resources for 28 April. More

USA

 

AFL-CIO For this 28th April, the AFL-CIO and its members will mobilise throughout the country along with workers, community members, faith leaders, local officials and relatives of victims of workplace-related deaths and injuries, sharing stories of injured workers and relatives of workers who have lost their lives on the job and renewing the fight for stronger regulations and protections for all working people.
US organisations are invited to post details about their events here • contact Peg Seminario for further information

USMWF The United Support Memorial for workplace fatalities (USMWF) is also going to be running dozens of ceremonies around the country • contact Tammy Miser for further information