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Pakistan: NTUF representatives press conference for Asbestos ban

List Chrysotile Asbestos in PIC List

Ban Asbestos NOW!

Press Conference (Date – 28th April, 2017) Karachi, Pakistan.

Activists urge the Pakistan Government to Ban all forms of asbestos and allow listing of chrysotile asbestos as a hazardous substance at an upcoming UN meeting.

We Trade Union activists and workers from asbestos industries including ship breaking industry among others called on the Government of Pakistan to institute a mechanism for immediate and urgent ban on all forms of asbestos in the country along with listing of Chrysotile Asbestos as a hazardous substance at the upcoming Rotterdam convention to be held from 2nd May in Geneva.

In the previous conference held in 2015, Pakistan had sided along with a few countries including Russia, Kazakhstan, India, Kyrghyzstan, and Zimbabwe to oppose the listing of Chrysotile asbestos in the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) list. Adding a substance in this list does not mean that the substance is banned but it only ensures that the importing country receives all information regarding the hazards of that substance.

Considering the public health disaster caused by Chryotile Asbestos, 55 countries have banned any use of asbestos. Although, there is some mining of asbestos fibers in the country, however a large quantity of fibers is imported from countries like Russia, Brazil and Kazakhstan. As per data from the USGS, Pakistan imported over 2800 MT of asbestos fibers in 2015. Between 2009 and 2012, more than 35000 tones of fibers were consumed. This vast amount of fiber which will eventually be placed in the homes of large number of people, will lead to an epidemic of diseases caused due to asbestos.

To compound the problem, there are no statistics or data regarding the number of workers suffering from Asbestos related disorders. The main reason for this is absence of trained doctors.  There is no systematic monitoring and reporting of asbestos related diseases (ARD) in Pakistan. The government should make serious enough efforts to start survey on it.

In ship-breaking industry, cement producing, pipe manufacturing units and construction sites are main site where workers most exposed to the hazardous substance.

Nasir Mansoor, deputy general secretary of National Trade Union Federation (NTUF) said “while the whole world is progressively moving towards banning Asbestos, in striking contrast Pakistan has been increasing imports of the deadly Chrysotile Asbestos. We urge the Pakistan Government not to turn a blind eye towards the long-term hazards related to Asbestos usage and exposure”.

We therefore request Government of Pakistan to

  1.       Enable listing of Chrysotile asbestos in the UN hazardous substances list in the upcoming Conference in May 2017, so that the trading countries have a prior knowledge about the health implications of Chrysotile asbestos before importing it.
  2.       Place a ban on all forms of asbestos in Pakistan.
  3.       Undertake a survey of all workers (current and former) of factories and mines using asbestos fibres to comprehensively identify victims of asbestos related diseases.
  4.       Institute a framework to identify / use alternate products to replace asbestos

Press conference was address by Muhammad Rafiq Baloch, President NTUF, Nasir Mansoor, deputy general secretary NTUF, Bashir Mehmoodani, President Ship breaking Mazdoor Union Gadani, Riaz Abbasi Altas Group companies Worker Union.

Nasir A Masoor
Deputy General Secretary
National Trade Union Federation Pakistan (NTUF).
(IndustriALL Global Union affiliate)
R-16 Al Hilal Cooperative Housing Society 4-5, KDA Scheme 7, Karachi,Pakistan.
ph: +92 21 34122282, Fax +92 21 37075324
Mobile: +92 300 358 7211
www.ntufpak.org

 

India: Occupational hazards took 186 deaths in Gujarat in 2016: Corporate giants blamed for not protecting workers

RepresentativeA new estimate, arrived at by a Vadodara-based civil rights organization working on occupational health issues in Gujarat, has estimated that as many as 186 persons have died in 2016 alone in the state because of various occupational hazard diseases. Sourced on vernacular media of South Gujarat, the organization, People’s Training and Research Centre (PTRC), believes that the actual numbers should be “much higher”, as the news items published in the dailies are “based on police complaints.”
In a profile of the deaths, PTRC has found that big industries and industrial estates in Gujarat’s chemical hubs account for many of them. The incidents profiled include 1 3 deaths which took place in units runs by top industrial houses — Adani, Nirma and Reliance.
Thus, on April 28, 2016, seven workers died in the Adani-owned power plant in Mundra, Kutch district, died as a result of explosion in the pipeline leading to the flash tank steam because of obstruction caused by an iron part. It led to hot water at 144 degrees falling on workers, all of whom were migrants from Jharkhand.

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Argentina: DÍA MUNDIAL DE LA SEGURIDAD Y LA SALUD EN EL TRABAJO

EN LA MEMORIA DE LAS COMPAÑERAS Y LOS COMPAÑEROS CONSTRUCTORES FALLECIDOS O LESIONADOS EN OCASIÓN DEL TRABAJO

Foto noticia Internacional - DÍA MUNDIAL DE LA SEGURIDAD Y LA SALUD EN EL TRABAJO

"Las Mujeres trabajadoras se enfrentan a la precariedad laboral y a la desigualdad de género"
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Global: Nautilus remembers yacht crew members on Workers’ Memorial Day

On Workers’ Memorial Day (WMD) Nautilus is remembering members it supports in traumatic events, such as those who were involved in an incident off the coast of Thailand just over a year ago in which a superyacht crew member died.

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Scotland: Communities across Scotland mark International Workers’ Memorial Day

Throughout Scotland communities will gather on Friday 28th April to remember those killed or who have suffered injury at work. International Workers’ Memorial Day provides an opportunity for trade unions to reinforce their commitment to campaigning for safer and healthier workplaces where workers are protected from harm and treated with fairness, dignity and respect. STUC: more

Canada: Enforce, reinforce workplace safety laws 25 years after Westray

westray memorial
Photo: (KATHLEEN FLANAGAN)

By DANNY CAVANAGH

Throughout the world each day, thousands are diagnosed with a terminal illness, become disabled, are injured or die due to workplace conditions.

Each year, April 28 is recognized as the Day of Mourning — a tradition that began here in Canada. It is a day when unions, governments and businesses publicly acknowledge workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths.

Many flags fly at half-mast to recognize the lives needlessly lost and the tremendous suffering of those who must cope in the wake of workplace tragedies. April 28 is also a day when together we renew our commitment to improving workplace health and safety rules and legislation to bring an end to such needless suffering.

This coming May 9 will mark 25 years since the Westray mine disaster in Plymouth. more

UK: Women put at risk by ill-fitting safety gear, warns TUC

HomeLess than one in three women are given protective clothing specifically designed for women, according to a report published by the TUC today (Friday). more

Global: We are all sickened by inequality at work

Who lives and who dies at work is not an accident of chance – the higher your pay grade, the lower your risk #iwmd17

Global: What are you doing for 28 April?

It’s the biggest health and safety event in the world, and it is brought to you by unions and campaigners. What are you doing? #iwmd17