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28 APRIL 2004
INTERNATIONAL WORKERS' MEMORIAL DAY


KOREA
Right to work without being killed Construction industry workers trade union launch "Day of health and safety" campaign.

The Korean Federation of Construction Industry Unions is organising a special health and safety campaign as a part of the "Construction Industry Accidents Eradication Month Campaign" in April and the April 28 International Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured At Work. It will carry out health and safety education in all union work sites and conduct site safety check. The campaign, undertaken under the theme of "Struggle with the Union to Secure the Right to Work Without Being Killed", will be brought to all building sites where the member unions have concluded collective agreements.

The member unions of the KCTU affiliated federation in the construction sector will put up health and safety posters in all union work sites from April 26 to May 30 and conduct regular education and publicity activities. The unions will undertake on-site health and safety inspection based on the safety manual the federation has prepared. The unions will utilise the mandatory safety education in the work sites to conduct on-site hazards reporting. The various complaints and problems in health and safety collected at these report sessions will be brought together to present as demands to the original contractor responsible for the construction projects.

On-site safety inspection will be undertaken either as a joint labour-management initiative based on the decision of "Labour-Management Consultation Council" or as joint labour-government initiative by requesting inspection by the local labour office.

All work-sites covered by collective agreements concluded by the member unions will be targeted for safety inspection. The results of the nation-wide inspection will be documented for a special meeting with the Minister of Labour. The local results will be announced through public meetings at the relevant labour offices. The Federation will demand special safety inspection for building sites which have been identified as having grave safety problems.

The Federation will call for the participation of labour representatives in the "honorary safety inspector" programme and demand the employers to make public their expenditure on safety measures.

[Translation from an original article in Korea Daily Labor News, April 21, 2004]

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