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Covid-19 – Advice for workers and employers | IndustriALL

IndustrALL Global Union
IndustriALL Global Union views occupational health and safety as a matter of workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities. The extraordinary situation created by the outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, does not change these fundamentals. In fact, they are now more important than ever.
Covid-19 – Advice for workers and employers

COVID-19: Recomendaciones para trabajadores y empleadores | IndustriALL

IndustriALL global union
IndustriALL Global Union considera que la salud y la seguridad en el trabajo son un derecho de los trabajadores y una responsabilidad de los empleadores. La situación extraordinaria generada por el brote de la COVID-19, la enfermedad causada por el nuevo coronavirus, no cambia estos estos principios fundamentales. De hecho, ahora son más importantes que nunca.
COVID-19: Recomendaciones para trabajadores y empleadores

COVID-19 – Conseils aux travailleurs et aux employeurs | IndustriALL

IndustriALL Global Union
Pour IndustriALL Global Union, la santé et sécurité au travail est une matière qui relève des droits des travailleurs et incombe à la responsabilité des employeurs. La situation extraordinaire provoquée par l’épidémie de COVID-19, la maladie causée par le nouveau coronavirus, ne change rien à la situation de principe. En fait, elle s’impose avec plus d’actualité que jamais.
COVID-19 – Conseils aux travailleurs et aux employeurs

Covid-19 – советы работникам и работодателям | IndustriALL

IndustriALL Global Union

Глобальный союз IndustriALL считает, что вопросы охраны здоровья и безопасности относятся к сфере прав работников и обязанностей работодателей. Ни чрезвычайная ситуация, возникшая из-за вспышки COVID-19, ни вызываемое новым вирусом заболевание не меняют этих основополагающих принципов. Напротив, они сейчас важнее, чем когда-либо.
Covid-19 – советы работникам и работодателям

Journée internationale de commémoration des travailleuses et des travailleurs : Stoppons la pandémie au travail – CSI

Journée internationale de commémoration des travailleuses et des travailleurs : Stoppons la pandémie au travail

Le 28 avril marque la Journée internationale de commémoration des travailleuses et des travailleurs, qui a pour but de rendre hommage aux travailleurs décédés, devenus invalides, blessés ou malades à cause de leur travail en organisant des actions.

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Le thème de cette année porte évidemment sur la pandémie de COVID-19. Bien que tout le monde soit touché par la crise, les travailleurs se trouvent en première ligne.

« Les professionnels de la santé, en particulier, risquent leur vie en réalisant leur travail pour prendre soin des malades, tandis que des travailleurs se chargent des soins aux personnes âgées et d’autres infrastructures s’occupent des groupes les plus vulnérables. Mais nous avons également besoin des travailleurs dans les transports et les supermarchés, des fournisseurs de services essentiels et de nombreux autres pour maintenir l’économie à flot. Les citoyens devraient également remercier ces travailleurs car si vous ne pouvez pas acheter de produits alimentaires, vous ne pourrez pas nourrir votre famille pour qu’elle reste en bonne santé », a déclaré Sharan Burrow, secrétaire générale de la CSI.

La Journée internationale de commémoration des travailleuses et des travailleurs 2020 sera organisée pour soutenir tous ces travailleurs courageux, ainsi que pour rendre hommage aux personnes décédées, malades ou blessées en raison de leur travail.

Compte tenu des mesures de distanciation sociale et de confinement, les réunions et événements physiques ne pourront vraisemblablement pas être organisés.

Voici quelques suggestions d’activités et de diffusion de vos messages :

Solidarité en action – stoppons la pandémie au travail
La grande majorité des activités syndicales organisées le 28 avril seront virtuelles et vos photos représenteront le pouvoir, la solidarité et l’engagement des membres de syndicats en faveur de la sécurité au travail.

Publiez vos photos ou vidéos de 30 secondes sur les réseaux sociaux (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram) en utilisant #iwmd20 ou envoyez-les par courriel à editor@hazards.org.

Quant aux travailleurs en première ligne, qui « sauvent des vies – en sécurité », envoyez une photo de vos vêtements de protection ou de la façon dont votre lieu de travail respecte la distanciation physique en toute sécurité pour « stopper la pandémie au travail ».

Exemples de message pour les médias sociaux :
Une partie de l’équipe sauvant des vies en sécurité sur #iwmd20
Ensemble nous pouvons #StopthePandemicAtWork

Pour tous les travailleurs, afin de manifester votre solidarité pour « stopper la pandémie au travail », envoyez une photo d’une bougie que vous allumez chez vous ou sur votre lieu de travail en solidarité avec les travailleurs en première ligne qui rendent notre vie possible.

Exemples de message pour les médias sociaux :
Mettons en lumière tous ceux qui travaillent pour #StopthePandemicAtWork
Merci à tous les travailleurs en première ligne à l’occasion de la #iwmd20

Pour les responsables syndicaux, portez une pancarte avec une liste des mesures de soutien que vous avez négociées pour « stopper la pandémie au travail »

Exemples de message pour les médias sociaux :
Les syndicats en action #StopthePandemicAtWork
Luttant pour :
Des congés de maladie rémunérés
Des lieux de travail sûrs
Une sécurité d’emploi
#iwmd20

Si vous souhaitez partager des idées concernant des activités virtuelles, veuillez nous en faire part en envoyant un courriel à editor@hazards.org. Nous les publierons sur notre site web consacré à la campagne http://28april.org/.

https://www.ituc-csi.org/28avril2020-FR

Global – Stop the pandemic at work – ITUC

ITUC news release

Workers’ Memorial Day: STOP THE PANDEMIC AT WORK

Brussels, 3 April 2020: April 28 is International Workers’ Memorial Day or Workers’ Mourning Day. This is the international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work.

The focus this year is of course the global COVID-19 pandemic. While everyone is affected by the crisis, workers are on the front line.

“Healthcare workers in particular are risking their lives doing their job to take care of the sick. And there are people working in aged care and other facilities looking after the most vulnerable groups of people. But we also need transport and supermarket workers, providers of essential services and many others to keep the economy going. People should also thank these workers because if you can’t buy food, then you can’t keep your family sustained and healthy,” said Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary.

International Workers’ Memorial Day 2020 will be held in support of all these courageous workers and in remembrance of the people who have died or become sick or injured while doing their job.

Social distancing and lockdown measures most likely mean that physical meetings and events will not be possible.

Here are some suggestions for activities, and how to spread your message:

Solidarity in Action – Stop the Pandemic at Work

The overwhelming majority of union activities on April 28 will be virtual and your photos will represent the power, the solidarity and the commitment of union members everywhere to safety at work.

Share your photos or 30 second videos on social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram) using  #iwmd20 or email them to editor@hazards.org

For frontline workers who are ‘Saving Lives – Staying Safe’, send a photo in your protective apparel or how your workplace is practicing social distancing safely to ‘Stop the Pandemic at Work’.

Sample social media message:

Part of the team that’s saving lives and staying safe on #iwmd20

Together we can #StopthePandemicAtWork

For all workers, to show your solidarity to ‘Stop the Pandemic at Work’, send a photo of a candle you light in your homes or workplaces in solidarity with frontline workers making our lives possible.

Sample social media message:

Shining a light on all those who are working to #StopthePandemicAtWork

Thank you to all frontline workers on #iwmd20

For union officials, hold a sign with a list of support measures you have negotiated to ‘Stop the Pandemic at Work’

Sample social media message:

Unions in action #StopthePandemicAtWork

Fighting for:

Paid sick leave
Safe workplaces
Job guarantees
#iwmd20

If you have ideas for virtual activities, please share them with us by sending an email to editor@hazards.org. We will make them public on our campaign website http://28april.org/.

Read this article online

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) represents 200 million members of 332 affiliates in 163 countries and territories.

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For more information, please contact the ITUC Press Department on +32 2 224 02 53 or by e-mail: press@ituc-csi.org

Britain: 10 things you can do now to organise on coronavirus at work | TUC

TUC briefing

  1. Unionise

If you haven’t already, join a union. If you’ve already joined, organise. If that means in isolation, so be it – invite colleagues to a video call or WhatsApp group. Regardless of how big your union is, or whether it’s recognised or not, you should be having union meetings about coronavirus. Whether it’s redundancy, pay or PPE, every single worker has something to negotiate right now.

  1. Audit your contract

Check your contracts and staff handbooks for relevant clauses to clarify your rights and responsibilities. You may have questions around working from home, the sickness management policy, maternity rights and other entitlements, so carry out an audit of yours and your colleagues contracts to see where you stand. Make sure you’re including any agency workers in that as they may have very different terms and conditions.

If you think your employer is breaching your contract, or if they are asking you to go in when it is against government or medical advice, contact your union’s legal teams now.

  1. Demand to be consulted

If your bosses are drawing up policies around the response to coronavirus, make sure they’re speaking to the union. Employers have a legal duty to consult established health and safety reps and committee, and reps have the right to play an active role in risk assessments.

  1. Fight for 100%

Across the country, ‘furloughed’ workers on the government’s Jobs Retention Scheme are going to be faced with the possibility of a 20% cut in pay unless their employer agrees to top up the government’s wage subsidy. Other workers affected by school closures are faced with unpaid parental leave as they take time to care for their kids. This is a huge battle and unions are playing a major role in negotiating in workplaces.
– Watch our webinar on wage subsidy.
– Read our blog What are the rules if you’re temporarily laid off?

  1. Shame bad bosses

Employers cutting pay, laying people off, or opening their workplace without the necessary distancing or hygiene measures need to be called out. For especially hostile bosses, public pressure from the outside can support union organising on the inside. Campaigns like #BoycottWetherspoons ran by BFAWU members or #ShutTheSites by Unite activists can threaten the reputational damage of businesses and force a U-turn.
–  If you have concerns about how your employer is responding to coronavirus, please tell us.

  1. Demand Safety

Bosses need to take seriously the calls for distancing, cleanliness and hygiene. The law is clear on the welfare provisions you should have access to. We need sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) and testing to front-line workers – especially health and social care. More people will die if this call is not met. We need the government to urgently issue scientific advice on PPE to all key workers, direct enforcement agencies to take appropriate action – and to ensure those who flout to law are penalised. Read our blog Bosses who fail to protect their workers must pay the penalty.

If you are working from home, you still need to think about safe working conditions. Repetitive strain injury is a serious workplace hazard, and unions should demand no worker is out of pocket from purchasing equipment to support their posture etc.

  1. Support retired members

Many trade union members already been involved in setting up and supporting mutual aid groups which demonstrate the strength and solidarity of our movement. Many unions have retired members branches, whose members may not be as plugged in to online channels but may well fall into the more vulnerable category. Reach out to branches and ask what kind of work your union members can be doing to bring support to them.

  1. Keep in touch

It’s important to maintain lines of communication both with management and with each other. At a time when many of us are working in isolation, it’s easier for bosses to play divide and rule. Guard against it and keep in touch regularly, reporting any new developments. For your own mental health, too, maintaining a network of colleagues who you can check in with will help bring some familiarity to your day.

  1. Take action

We may not be able to hold protests and rallies at the moment, but workers can still take action. Last Friday saw one union branch walk off the job over safety concerns as bosses refused to close the non-essential workplace. In Ireland nearly 1,000 union members walked off a food production site protesting the lack of safety measures. Whether it be an open letter, petition or downing of tools, your union will be able to advise you on the best way to take, and to escalate, action.

  1. Remember them

As the coronavirus crisis carries on, people are dying. Every day. Many of those around the world losing their lives to this virus are the workers on the front-line in health, education, transport, retail and other sectors.

This month is International Workers’ Memorial Day- marked every year on April 28th. Put the date in your diary and sign up to TUC mailing (sign up in the footer below) to be involved in our online memorial. While we mourn those who have passed, we mobilise to ensure not another life is lost to work.

Protecting workers’ safety in the coronavirus pandemic, TUC report, 3 April 2020.

Shelly Asquith
TUC health and safety policy officer

Gedenktag für die Opfer von Arbeitsunfällen: DIE PANDEMIE BEI DER ARBEIT STOPPEN – Internationaler Gewerkschaftsbund

Arbeitsunfällen: DIE PANDEMIE BEI DER ARBEIT STOPPEN

Der 28. April ist der Internationale Gedenktag für die Opfer von Arbeitsunfällen (International Workers’ Memorial Day), an dem wir derer gedenken und für die eintreten, die bei der Arbeit ums Leben gekommen sind, sich eine Behinderung, Verletzung oder sonstige Beeinträchtigung zugezogen haben.

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Im Fokus steht in diesem Jahr selbstverständlich die globale Covid-19-Pandemie. Von der Krise sind zwar alle betroffen, aber Arbeitnehmer*innen stehen an vorderster Front.

“Vor allem die Beschäftigten im Gesundheitswesen riskieren ihr eigenes Leben, wenn sie zur Arbeit gehen, um die Kranken zu versorgen. Zudem arbeiten Menschen in Senioren- und anderen Einrichtungen, die sich um die schwächsten Gruppen in unserer Gesellschaft kümmern. Darüber hinaus brauchen wir Beschäftigte im Verkehrswesen und in Supermärkten sowie die Erbringer wesentlicher Dienstleistungen und viele andere, um die Wirtschaft aufrechtzuerhalten. Diesen Arbeitnehmer*innen sollten wir ebenfalls danken, denn wenn wir kein Essen kaufen können, können wir unsere Familie nicht versorgen und sicherstellen, dass sie gesund bleibt”, erklärt IGB-Generalsekretärin Sharan Burrow.

Der Internationale Gedenktag 2020 steht im Zeichen der Unterstützung all dieser mutigen Arbeitnehmerinnen und Arbeitnehmer und der Erinnerung an die Menschen, die bei der Arbeit verstorben, erkrankt oder verunglückt sind.

Social Distancing und Ausgangsbeschränkungen werden aller Wahrscheinlichkeit nach zur Folge haben, dass Zusammenkünfte und Veranstaltungen nicht möglich sind.

Hier ein paar Vorschläge für Aktivitäten und dazu, wie Ihr Eure Botschaft verbreiten könnt:

Solidarität in Aktion: Die Pandemie bei der Arbeit stoppen
Die überwältigende Mehrheit der Gewerkschaftsaktivitäten am 28. April wird virtueller Art sein, und Eure Fotos werden die Stärke, die Solidarität und das Engagement von Gewerkschaftsmitgliedern überall für Sicherheit am Arbeitsplatz symbolisieren.

Teilt Eure Fotos oder 30-Sekunden-Videos in den sozialen Netzwerken (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram) mit dem Hashtag #iwmd20 oder schickt sie per E-Mail an editor@hazards.org.

Arbeitnehmer*innen an vorderster Front, die ‘Leben retten – Gesund bleiben‘: Schickt ein Foto in Eurer Schutzkleidung oder davon, wie an Eurem Arbeitsplatz ein Sicherheitsabstand eingehalten wird, um ‘Die Pandemie bei der Arbeit zu stoppen’.

Nachricht für die sozialen Medien (Beispiel):
Teil des Teams, das Leben rettet und gesund bleibt am #iwmd20
Zusammen können wir #StopthePandemicAtWork

Alle Arbeitnehmer*innen, um Eure Solidarität zu bekunden und ‘Die Pandemie bei der Arbeit zu stoppen’: Schickt ein Foto von einer Kerze, die Ihr zu Hause oder am Arbeitsplatz aus Solidarität mit den Beschäftigten an vorderster Front anzündet, ohne die unser Leben nicht möglich wäre.

Nachricht für die sozialen Medien (Beispiel):
Ein Hoch auf all diejenigen, die arbeiten für #StopthePandemicAtWork
Danke allen Arbeitnehmer*innen an vorderster Front am #iwmd20

Gewerkschaftsvertreter*innen: Haltet ein Schild hoch mit einer Liste von Unterstützungsmaßnahmen, die Ihr ausgehandelt habt, um ‘Die Pandemie bei der Arbeit zu stoppen’.

Nachricht für die sozialen Medien (Beispiel):
Gewerkschaften in Aktion #StopthePandemicAtWork
Kämpfen für:
Lohnfortzahlung im Krankheitsfall
Sichere Arbeitsplätze
Arbeitsplatzgarantien
#iwmd20

https://www.ituc-csi.org/28April2020-DE

Global: Stop the pandemic at work

In response to the worldwide coronavirus crisis, the global union confederation ITUC has announced unions are to make ‘Stop the pandemic at work’ a major campaign focus. The union has produced a series of posters and resources to kick off the campaign, which will build to a day of ‘virtual’ action on 28 April 2020, International Workers’ Memorial Day. ITUC says while everyone is affected by the crisis, workers are on the frontline.

ITUC news releaseITUC/Hazards 28 April website, including news on activities and resources. ITUC/Hazards coronavirus resource hubITUC Covid-19 resource pages – news, resources and publications from ITUC affiliates, Global Union Federations and LabourStartRisks 9414 April 2020

USA: AFL-CIO – Unions are getting geared up for virtual campaigning

From AFL-CIO director of health and safety, Rebecca Reindel

Colleagues,

Workers Memorial Day, April 28, is just around the corner. This year is especially challenging for everyone, as we are in the midst of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic — a major crisis for workers, our families, our country and the world. We know each of you and your communities are struggling in different ways. Our hearts are with you.

It is more important now than ever for the labor movement to commemorate those we have lost on the job, and to renew our fight for stronger safety and health protections and the need to speak up for workers’ rights. This Workers Memorial Day, the theme is: “Protect Our Rights. Speak Up for Safe Jobs.”  AFL-CIO President Trumka’s letter announcement in online since we cannot mail it to you this year. Please join us this April 28 to honor the victims of workplace injury and illness and to keep on fighting for the promise of safe jobs for all workers.

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, we have fought back against the Trump administration, who has weakened worker protections at the very time they need to be strengthened to protect our communities, who has allowed industry associations to hold back common sense measures that would prevent workplace exposure to this virus, who did not heed the labor movement’s call early and did not act quickly enough to secure testing, workplace plans and protective equipment in the U.S. Last week, the first U.S. health care workers died from COVID-19 because they did not have the protections they needed to care for patients at work. We are hearing about flight attendant and manufacturing worker COVID-19 fatalities, too. This is criminal. This could have been prevented.

We must continue to fight back. We cannot and will not let the Trump administration leave workers unprotected as they battle this disaster. We will not let them turn back the clock and destroy the progress we have made to keep workers safe.

Please use the resources below when planning for this year’s Workers Memorial Day. It may be different than other years, but commemorating this day is more crucial than ever. Please reach out to us with any questions, concerns, comments along the way.

Materials:
AFL-CIO website at: www.aflcio.org/WorkersMemorialDay

Please also access these flyers in English and Spanish and poster and sticker artwork directly here. We want you to use these digital resources since hard copies are not available at this time.

Please note that our building is currently closed so we are not currently filling and shipping orders. However, we are keeping track of orders that come in so please feel free to place them. Once our building reopens, we will reach out to you for confirmation that your order is still needed, at which time it will be processed.

Workers Memorial Day Events:

Planning events will be different this year because we probably won’t be gathering in person. That’s okay. We still urge you to get involved and organize actions, activities, or observances for your workplaces and communities to highlight the toll of job injuries and deaths; demand that elected officials put workers’ well-being above corporate interests; and demand jobs that are safe, healthy and pay fair wages. This year, as every year, we will organize to make it clear that the labor movement will defend the right of every worker to a safe job and fight until that promise is fulfilled.

Even if we are not getting together in person, trade unionists around the country and globe will organize our communities and workplaces to observe Workers Memorial Day. Alternative ideas for events, actions and activities are in our flyer, available in English and Spanish. We also would like to hear about new and innovative ways you’re planning events this year, given social distancing measures.

Please share your event with us here.

Workers Memorial Day Toolkit:
Coming soon! To assist you with your planned events or activities, we soon will be distributing our Workers Memorial Day Toolkit. It will include talking points, sample materials for media outreach, worker safety and health facts, state-by-state safety and health data, COVID-19 facts and other information. Please use this in your commemoration and advocacy efforts.

How to reach out to us about Workers Memorial Day:
oshmail@aflcio.org or 202-637-5305

Hashtags you can use to build solidarity online around Workers Memorial Day:
#IWMD2020 #WMD2020 #1uSafety