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Global: Campaign activities, resources and events for 28 April 2018

We are starting to add 2018 activities and resources on the global 28 April webpages. Have a look – and make sure you tell us about your activities and resources. #iwmd18

USA: Webinars for organising on 28 April in English and Spanish

The National Council for Occupation Safety and Health (NCOSH) is holding two Workers Memorial webinars:

In English – Thursday, 15 February, 2pm ET / 11am PT

In Spanish – Thursday, 22 February , 2pm ET / 11am PT
En español – Jueves, 2/22, 2pm ET / 11am PT

This Thursday, a panel of family members, worker center and COSH leaders and allies will discuss ways to promote a meaningful Workers Memorial Week including:

– Building relationships with families impacted by work fatalities

– Creating compelling stories behind the numbers

– Engaging and preparing injured and ill workers as spokespeople

– Getting the attention of journalists

Marcy Goldstein-Gelb
Co-Executive Director
National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH)

Britain: Resources for Workers’ Memorial Day


Hazards Campaign has produced a set of useful resources for International Workers’ Memorial Day 2018 (#iwmd18) – download the order form here.

You can order commemorative purple ribbons, posters, car-stickers and high-vis waistcoats. These resources are ideal for your 28 April event, notice board, union office, workplace, ceremony or to simply hand out on the day.

Follow these links for details of Workers’ Memorial Day activities in the UK and worldwide.












Car sticker



High- vis waistcoat


Jornada Internacional de Conmemoración de los Trabajadores, 28 de abril de 2018 – Anuncio del tema

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 2018, “Los lugares de trabajo organizados son lugares de trabajo más seguros”. Las variantes de este tema podrían incluir “Los sindicatos hacen que los lugares de trabajo sean más seguros y más sanos” y “La organización sindical salva vidas”.

En las próximas semanas, la CSI elaborará material para apoyar la preparación de materiales de campaña. Para ayudar en esta labor, buscamos muestras de medidas sindicales que propicien mejoras a nivel del lugar de trabajo, de la legislación o los sectores, 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

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

Naturalmente, las organizaciones afiliadas tienen la libertad de adaptar o modificar el tema para adaptarse a las prioridades locales.

Sin otro particular, reciba un fraternal saludo,

Sharan Burrow

Journée internationale de commémoration des travailleuses et des travailleurs, le 28 avril 2018 – annonce du thème

La CSI propose le thème général suivant pour la Journée internationale de commémoration des travailleuses et des travailleurs, le 28 avril 2018: « Des lieux de travail syndiqués sont plus sûrs ».  Parmi les variantes de ce thème, nous proposons également « Les syndicats garantissent des lieux de travail plus sûrs et plus sains » et « L’organisation syndicale sauve des vies ».

La CSI élaborera des outils au cours des semaines à venir afin de soutenir la production de supports de la 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

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

Les organisations affiliées sont, bien entendu, libres d’adapter ou de changer le thème en fonction de leurs priorités locales.

Salutations fraternelles,

Sharan Burrow

International Workers’ Memorial Day, 28 April 2018 – Theme announcement

The ITUC is proposing a general theme for International Workers’ Memorial Day, 28 April 2018, of ‘Organized workplaces are safer workplaces’. Variants on this could include ‘Unions make workplaces safer and healthier’ and ‘Union organization saves lives’.

The ITUC will 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

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

Affiliates are of course free to adapt or change the theme to suit local priorities.

Yours Sincerely,

Sharan Burrow

Britain: What are you planning for Workers’ Memorial Day?

The TUC is going to start listing events for the 28 April 2018 Workers’ Memorial Day. The theme is “Unionised workplaces are safer workplaces.” The national union body is urging organisation to send details of all local, regional or national events to be included on the online listing. According to the TUC: “As Workers’ Memorial Day is on a Saturday this year it may be that some workplaces will aim to have the two-minutes’ silence or other event on Friday 27 April. However other events should still be scheduled for 28 April.”
TUC 28 April 2018 webpages. Email details of events to the TUC health and safety officeRisks 83320 January 2018

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


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

A 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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