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Asia: ANROEV Statement for International Workers’ Memorial Day 2017

Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims (ANROEV) Statement for International Workers’ Memorial Day 2017

Let’s push the governments and relevant organizations for the collection of reliable OSH data for sustainable action

International Workers’ Memorial Day takes place annually around the world on April 28 as a day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work.

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), across the world:

  • Each year, more than two million men and women die as a result of work-related accidents and diseases.
  • Workers suffer approximately 270 million accidents each year, and fall victim to some 160 million incidents of work-related illnesses.
  • Hazardous substances kill 440,000 workers annually – asbestos claims 100,000 lives.
  • One worker dies every 15 seconds worldwide. 6,000 workers die every day. More people die whilst at work than those fighting wars.

However, the above-mentioned data are years old and not being updated on a regular basis due to challenges associated with occupational safety and health (OSH) data collection in many countries of the world particularly in the Asia and Pacific region.

The ILO recognize that the collection and utilization of reliable OSH data are indispensable for the detection of new hazards and emerging risks, the identification of hazardous sectors, the development of preventive measures, as well as the implementation of policies, systems and programmes at international, national and enterprise levels. OSH data provide the basis for setting priorities and measuring progress.

Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims (ANROEV) and its partner organizations Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC) published a report in 2012 titled “Invisible Victims of Development – Workers Health and Safety in Asia” to highlight the severity of the problem on the ground in Asia with a detailed report from 6 Asian countries: China, India, Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia.

The absence of figures also highlights the invisibility of impacted workers and their families and most of the time even denial about their existence by governments in the region.

Yet they exist on the ground — impacted due to hazardous conditions at work and denied justice in terms of compensation, rehabilitation and dignity forming the most marginalized and exploited section of society.

Under the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and multiple ILO OSH conventions, recommendations and protocols, countries have committed to the collection and utilization of reliable OSH data. However, following are many of the recognized challenges associated with OSH data collection, which are organized into the following four categories: A) Coverage; B) Accuracy; C) Comparability; and D) Timeliness.

On the International Workers’ Memorial Day 2017 let’s continue to push the governments and relevant organizations for the collection of reliable OSH data so that workers health and safety in the world particularly in Asia can no longer be invisible, therefore, can be properly taken care of to uphold the four basic workers’ rights on OSH:

  1. The right to refuse to do dangerous work;
  2. The right education and training;
  3. The right to information; and
  4. The right to representation and participation.

http://www.anroev.org/2017/04/28/anroev-statement-for-international-workers-memorial-day-2017/

 

Brazil: 28 de abril – CSA: “Insegura e injusta la discriminación nos afecta a todos”

Por indicación del compañero Laerte Teixeira, Secretario de Políticas Sociales, compartimos con ustedes la nota y el video elaborado por la CSA a proposito de la Conmemoración de este 28 de abril; día que recordamos a las/os trabajadoras/es  fallecidos o están enfermos por causa del trabajo, que para este año tiene como lema: Insegura e Injusta – la discriminación en el trabajo nos afecta a todos en el marco de los cambios y regresividad de derechos que afectan a la clase trabajadora en la región. 

Esperamos puedan utilizar el video en sus actividades

USA: Hesperian Foundation: Mourn for the dead, fight for the living

April 28th is Workers’ Memorial Day, when we honor and remember those who have lost their lives at and because of their work. This year’s theme “Strong Laws, Safe Work” highlights the importance of fighting for workers’ right to health and safety, especially now, as workplace protections are increasingly threatened in the US and worldwide.

Many people around the world risk their lives daily by going to work. In factories, slaughterhouses and mines, on farms, oil rigs and construction sites, working conditions can be extremely hazardous, even deadly. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), more than 2.3 million workers are killed on the job each year (this number is a low estimate, as many countries do not accurately track workplace accidents and deaths).

According to the AFL-CIO, in the US, “4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015 and an estimated 50,000 to 60,000 workers died from occupational diseases, which means that 150 workers died each day from hazardous working conditions.” Injury and death rates among Latina/o and Black workers are the highest they have been since 2008.

Workers and activists have organized to improve working conditions and workplace safety in all types of environments. In many countries, they have achieved much — shorter working hours, better pay, the provision of protective equipment, and restrictions on many of the most dangerous chemicals. But even these common-sense protections are now under attack, and the rollback in safety is sure to increase the daily death toll on the job.

Hesperian’s Workers’ Guide to Health and Safety is a resource workers can use to learn about basic health and safety, to become leaders of their own health, and to move from the individual to the collective fight for safer workplaces. The book includes activities and real-life stories of struggle and success that will support organizing and health efforts.

Tomorrow, let’s all join the day of remembrance for the people who’ve lost their lives at and from work. But the day after that, let’s join the fight to ensure nobody loses their lives because they went to work. As Mary “Mother” Jones said: Mourn for the dead and fight like hell for the living!

 

Germany: Gegen die weltweite Vernichtungsmaschine“ – Globaler Überblick zum Workers Memorial Day 2017

BWI affiliates take action in Dominican Republic

FENTICOMMC Seminario de Higiene, Salud y Seguridad Laboral con trabajadores y delegados de obra de todo República Dominicana

FETRACOM Desarrollarán Taller sobre Prevención de Riesgos Laborales y Salud Ocupacional. 30 de Abril. 70 participantes confirmados al día de hoy

 

BWI affiliate FETRACOM takes action in Dominican Republic

FETRACOM Desarrollarán Taller sobre Prevención de Riesgos Laborales y Salud Ocupacional. 30 de Abril. 70 participantes confirmados al día de hoy.

 

BWI affiliates take action in Panama

SUNTRACS 3 de abril: conferencia de prensa y una marcha hacia el Ministerio Público para exigir la penalización de los accidentes de trabajo.
Durante todo el mes realizarán inspecciones a proyectos, un foro de salud y seguridad, seminarios, piqueteos, pega de afiches, colocación de pancartas y reuniones con instituciones de salud y de seguridad laboral.
SITICEDPA 7 de abril: reunión con ARGOS Panamá para revisar los indicadores de accidentabilidad y las mejores medidas de prevención.
12 de abril: inspección en todas los departamentos de la Planta de ARGOS en Panamá para verificar que la empresa cumpla con las medidas de seguridad, en especial con los trabajadores subcontratados
22 de abril: tarde deportiva
28 de abril: Capacitación en conjunto con ARGOS Panamá sobre Salud y Seguridad Laboral en el Sector de Materiales de Construcción

BWI affiliates take action in Brazil

FETICOM-SP Seminario para discutir el manejo de la bolsa de cemento y sus consecuencias en la vida de los trabajadores.
CONTICOM-CUT Paticiparán en la Huelga General en protesta a las reformas laborales y sociales del Gobierno de Temer el 28 de Abril
Llevarán a cabo evento anual llamado “Abril Verde”: Sindicatos afiliados a CONTICOM realizarán durante todo el mes reuniones con trabajadores en los cuales se hablarán sobre SST y su importancia para la industria de la construcción
FETRACONSPAR Desarrollarán el VIII Seminario de Perfeccionamiento de Salud y Seguridad en el Trabajo del 25-28 de Abri. Dirigido a obreros de la construcción que forman parte de los sindicatos afiliados a FETRACONSPAR
SINDTICCC Participarán en la Huelga General en protesta a las reformas laborales y sociales del Gobierno de Temer el 28 de Abril
SINTEPAV-BA Participarán en la Huelga General en protesta a las reformas laborales y sociales del Gobierno de Temer el 28 de Abril
SINTEPAV-CE Participarán en la Huelga General en protesta a las reformas laborales y sociales del Gobierno de Temer el 28 de Abril
SINTRACONST-ES Desarrollarán un Seminario Alusivo al Día Internacional en Memoria de las Víctimas de Accidentes de Trabajo, el 27 de abril
Participarán en la Huelga General en protesta a las reformas laborales y sociales del Gobierno de Temer el 28 de Abril
STICC-POA Desarrollará el 6° Semianrio de Valorización del Trabajo y la Vida. Trabajadores, empresarios, políticos, líderes de opinión y ponentes discutirán sobre lo que ha cambiado y lo que aún va a cambiar en la construcción civil, SST y en Brasil como sociedad, después del comienzo del desmantelamiento de la corrupción que afectó al país
SITICOM-CHAPECÓ Participarán en la Huelga General en protesta a las reformas laborales y sociales del Gobierno de Temer el 28 de Abril
SINTRACOM SUL MINAS Participarán en la Huelga General en protesta a las reformas laborales y sociales del Gobierno de Temer el 28 de Abril

BWI affiliate UNATROPYT takes action in Costa Rica

UNATROPYT Charla sobre SST en el plantel central del Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transporte de Costa Rica (MOPT). Con obreros constructores.

BWI affiliate CSTCB takes action in Bolivia

CSTCB Acto conmemorativo. 26 de Abril. Celebración conjunta del 64 Aniversario de la CSTCB y la promulgación de la Ley 545 sobre Seguridad y Salud en la Construcción y su reglamento que es exclusivo de la construcción.
La ley es el resultado de una larga lucha de la CSTCB, de manera tripartita con el Gobierno y la CABOCO (Cámara Boliviana de la Construcción). Recientemente, el Presidente promulgó el reglamento de esta Ley y da comienzo así, con su vigencia practica y operativa.