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USA: AFL-CIO 28 April materials

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)  has posted 2019 Workers Memorial Day materials on their website that can be downloaded and ordered.

Materials, in English and Spanish, include posters, fliers, factsheets, stickers, WMD kits and their Death on the Job report (available late April). 

 

 

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USA: National COSH 2019 Workers’ Memorial week webinar [VIDEO]

2019 Workers' Memorial Week from National COSH on Vimeo.

28 April ‘dangerous substances’ campaign theme confirmed

Global union confederation ITUC has confirmed the theme for International Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April 2019.

‘Taking control – removing dangerous substances from the workplace’ will be this year’s focus for what has become the world’s largest annual health and safety event. The union-led campaign will emphasise a ‘Zero Cancer’ approach, urging reps to seek to eliminate or minimise exposure to carcinogens in the workplace.

ITUC says it will be developing resources ahead of the event to support union preparation of campaign materials. It adds that new resources and events will be featured on the regularly updated dedicated www.28april.org webpages. It is urging organisations to use the hashtag #iwmd19. ITUC is also highlighting key existing resources:

The high profile event, which in 2018 saw tens of thousands of activities in over 70 countries, has ‘trended’ on twitter in recent years.

United Kingdom: TUC publishes 28 April resources and events

 

The UK’s national trade union federation  TUC has created a dedicated 2019 Workers’ Memorial Day webpage, which will list all events being held on the day.

The 2019 theme for International Workers’ Memorial Day will be: “Dangerous substances – get them out of the workplace”. The focus will be mainly on carcinogens but unions can adapt the theme to whatever is most relevant in a particular workplace or area, as many substances can also cause illnesses such as asthma or dermatitis.

When it comes to cancer risks caused by substances at work, asbestos and diesel exhaust are high profile issues for many workers at the moment – and the TUC has prepared detailed asbestos, diesel exhaust, and workplace cancers guides to help reps negotiate improvements.

28 April 2019: Taking control – getting dangerous substances out of the workplace

28 April 2019 International Workers’ Memorial Day theme

Taking control – removing dangerous substances from the workplace

The ITUC is proposing the following theme for 28 April 2019: “Taking control – removing dangerous substances from the workplace.” There will be a particular focus on Zero Cancer – how to eliminate or minimise exposure to carcinogens in the workplace. Affiliates are of course free to adapt or change the theme to suit local priorities.

The ITUC will be developing resources in the coming weeks to support preparation of campaign materials. To assist with this we are seeking evidence of union action leading to workplace, legislative or sectoral improvements, and the human and economic payoff from this protective action. Please send details to ITUC health and safety adviser, Rory O’Neill at editor@hazards.org

Updates to the dedicated  www.28april.org  webpages will start as materials, activities and events are confirmed.

In the meantime, these existing ITUC/international trade union resources may be of use:

Yours sincerely

Sharan Burrow

General secretary, ITUC

le 28 avril 2019 – « Prendre le contrôle – éliminer les substances dangereuses du lieu de travail »

Journée internationale de commémoration des travailleuses et des travailleurs, le 28 avril 2019 – annonce du thème

« Prendre le contrôle – éliminer les substances dangereuses du lieu de travail »

La CSI propose le thème général suivant pour la Journée internationale de commémoration des travailleuses et des travailleurs, le 28 avril 2019: « Prendre le contrôle – éliminer les substances dangereuses du lieu de travail ».  Un accent particulier sera mis sur le «cancer zéro» – comment éliminer ou minimiser l’exposition aux substances cancérogènes sur le lieu de travail. Les organisations affiliées sont, bien entendu, libres d’adapter ou de changer le thème en fonction de leurs priorités locales.

La CSI élaborera des outils au cours des semaines à venir afin de soutenir la préparation du matériel de campagne. À cette fin, nous recueillons des données sur les actions syndicales entraînant des améliorations sur les plans législatif, sectoriel ou sur le lieu de travail, ainsi que sur les avantages humains et économiques de cette action de protection. Nous vous prions de bien vouloir envoyer toute information au conseiller en santé et en sécurité de la CSI, Rory O’Neill, à editor@hazards.org

En attendant, ces ressources syndicales internationales existantes de la CSI et autres organisations peuvent être utiles:

Les pages web consacrées à cette Journée, www.28april.org, seront mises à jour dès que les supports, les activités et les événements seront confirmés.

Salutations fraternelles,

Sharan Burrow

28 de abril de 2019 – “Tomar el control: eliminar sustancias peligrosas del lugar de trabajo”

Jornada Internacional de Conmemoración de los Trabajadores, 28 de abril de 2019 – Anuncio del tema

“Tomar el control: eliminar sustancias peligrosas del lugar de trabajo”.

La CSI propone como tema general para la Jornada Internacional de Conmemoración de los trabajadores y trabajadoras fallecidos y lesionados, el 28 de abril de 2019, “Tomar el control: eliminar sustancias peligrosas del lugar de trabajo”. Habrá un enfoque particular en “cáncer cero”: cómo eliminar o minimizar la exposición a carcinógenos en el lugar de trabajo. Naturalmente, las organizaciones afiliadas tienen la libertad de cambiar el tema para adaptarlo a las prioridades locales.

En las próximas semanas, la CSI elaborará material para apoyar la preparación de materiales de campaña. Para ayudar en esta trabajo, buscamos muestras de medidas sindicales que han realisado mejoras a nivel del lugar de trabajo, en los sectores o en la legislación , así como los beneficios económicos y humanos que aporta esta medida de protección. Envíe los detalles al Asesor de Salud y Seguridad de la CSI, Rory O’Neill al correo editor@hazards.org

Mientras tanto, estos recursos existentes de la CSI y otras organizaciones internacionales pueden ser util:

La actualización de las páginas web dedicadas a este tema, www.28april.org, dará comienzo a medida que se confirmen los materiales, las actividades y los eventos.

Sin otro particular, reciba un fraternal saludo,

Sharan Burrow

USA: Informational webinar for Workers’ Memorial Week – February 14, 2019 (National COSH)

National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) is holding an informational webinar on 14 February to start planning for International Workers’ Memorial Day. In the US a week long series of actions and events  will commence on 22 April and build up to the nationally recognised day of 28 April.

Join with individuals and groups across the country who are hosting events and taking action to remember workers killed on the job and drive home the message of the need to fight for the living.

The webinar will include an overview on how to mobilise your community, families, and co-workers; how to build a memorial and tell worker stories; media outreach; empower worker leadership, highlight your campaigns, and much more.

INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR  February 14, 2019 2pm ET-3:30pm ET/11am-12:30pm PT

Join the webinar from your computer (preferred) or
by phone: (669) 224-3412 passcode: 128-431-613

Watch out for news of a Spanish webinar!

National COSH: www.coshnetwork.org

USA: Workers’ Memorial Week – Love, support and standing up for safety – report and pictures

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) federation reported events from all over the U.S. and around the globe, 2018 was another amazing Workers’ Memorial Week.

Check out  their  blog at NationalCOSH.org for a wrap-up of just a few of the vigils, memorials, rallies and other events that took place in churches, synagogues, City Council chambers and other locations from Maine to California – and many points in between.

 

Denmark: Unions and campaigners highlight risks from heavy lifting and stress

General union 3F and workplace health campaign group AAA highlight workplace risks from heavy lifting and stress. Activities took place in both Copenhagen and  Elsinore. The union says around 2,000 workers every year die as a result of their working conditions.

Source: Janne Hansen, 3F