28 April Events listing

Un travailleur meurt toutes les 15 secondes à cause de la négligence d’un employeur

Alors que partout autour du globe, des cérémonies ont lieu à l’occasion de la Journée internationale de commémoration des travailleurs morts et blessés au travail, la CSI met en garde les employeurs négligents qui, en mettant en danger la vie de travailleuses et de travailleurs, auront à en subir les conséquences. Dans le monde, un travailleur meurt toutes les 15 secondes d’une blessure ou d’une maladie professionnelle.

http://www.ituc-csi.org/un-travailleur-meurt-toutes-les-15

PGFTU celebrating world safety and health at work day

On 28th of April  PGFTU held a very special ceremony on the occasion  of the World Day for Safety and Health.

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. It is held on 28 April and has been observed by the International Labor Organization (ILO) since 2003. It has also long been associated with the world’s trade union movement’s commemoration of the victims of occupational accidents and diseases.photo 1 photo 2 الصحة و السلامة المهنية

A national occupational safety and health culture is one in which the right to a safe and healthy working environment is respected at all levels, where governments, employers and workers actively participate in securing a safe and healthy working environment through a system of defined rights, responsibilities and duties, and where the highest priority is accorded to the principle of prevention.

The PGFTU with the coordination with Department of Health and Safety has organized this ceremony which was attended  by over than 200 persons coming from different regions of Palestine, unionists, workers, workers’ representatives , employers’ representatives …..

And by the representatives of the related concerned parties:

  • PGFTU’s General Secretary Brother Shaher Sae’d .
  • Head of OSH department /PGFTU Brother Mostapha hanne
  • President of chamber of commerce Brother Omar Hashem.
  • Architect union’s representative Brother Sami Hejawe .
  • Contractors union’s representative Brother Rame Khateeb .
  • Stones and quarry union’s representative Brother Hatem Yamak .
  • Nablus municipality’s representative Brother Ramez Dalae .

Through their speeches the speakers insisted on:

  • Expecting at all levels the right to a safe and healthy working environment;
  • Active participation of all stakeholders in securing a safe and healthy working environment through a system of defined rights, responsibilities and duties; and
  • Giving the highest priority to the principle of prevention.

The main purpose of the ceremony was to show that OSH is the only sustainable way to overcome the high percentage of Work accidents and death between workers.

Brother Shaher Sae’d the General Secretary of PGFTU insisted in his speech on the importance of the health of the workers. He pointed out that every single day, 11 workers dies in Qatar from an occupational accident Work-related accidents or diseases can definitely be placed in the high-burden category of all global health problems regardless the procedures of health and safety which are confirmed by many international organization.

But in Palestine working in hazardous conditions is a daily, routine task for many workers. During one year the numbers of those who lost their lives in worksites are not clear because not all the accidents are recorded:  Over 5350 worker accidents are recorded   while 2000 are not. The records talk about 45 workers who are working inside Israel from building sector, 65% from them are from Palestine .

Sae’d focused on the importance of implementing the social security law to stop the violations against the Palestinian workers, and he highlighted the role of the PGFTU’s overall campaign to implement the code of social security with some useful amendments especial in the benefit of work accidents.

He informed the attendance about the intention of the PGFTU to put more efforts in the field of educating the workers about the importance of using procedures of health and safety.

He also demanded the concerned parties especially the chamber of commerce to establish a training center for OSH in the north similar to that found in the south.

In his speech Sae’d, showed his belief that good practices should be shared, promoted and emulated where possible in order to raising awareness and knowledge of occupational hazards and risks and how to prevent and control them is key for this process  as well as increase the awareness, secure greater engagement people and support stakeholders.

At the end Shaher sae’d presented solidarity to the families who lost their beloved while they are working and confirmed efforts to give assistance in finding alternatives of living. And he insisted on the importance of decent life and decent work in the free independent State of PALESTINE.

Unions join international call for protecting workers’ health and safety in Argentina

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Argentinean trade unions CGT and ATE/CTA will be running commemoration events today, 28th April.

CGT will be distributing flyers on the international 28th April theme and has recorded a video to support awareness raising actions.

ATE/CTA will be running a commemoration tonight at 9pm along with workers dismissed from the agriculture ministry.

For more information on CGT events for this 28th April, please contact Marta Pujadas mpujadas@uocra.org . For more information on ATE/CTA events, please contact Marcelo Fiscina mhf958@hotmail.com

Unions show unity in defending workers’ health in Italy

basta16For this 28th April, Italian trade union confederations CGIL, CISL and UIL will be running unitary actions to commemorate the victims of occupational accidents and diseases. The call for a national plan to free Italy from asbestos will be a key feature of the actions today.

The most important action will be organised tomorrow April 29th in the Italian parliament, where a national conference will be organised with involvement of the Presidents of the occupational health and safety and environment commissions. Asbestos victims, representatives from cities highly impacted by asbestos, professionals and research institutes will also be present.

Italian unions are using #RicordiamoliTutti (let’s remember them all) for their 28th April events.

For more information on Italian unions events for this 28th April please contact Giuseppe.dercole@cisl.it

USA: South Florida COSH and South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice event, Mexican Consulate

Event: Workers’ Memorial Day Report Release & Launching of Program to Protect Vulnerable Workers

Location: Mexican Consulate, 1399 SW 1st Avenue, Third Floor, Miami, FL 33130

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Event info: Join South Florida COSH and South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice at 1:30pm for the release of a report regarding Florida fatalities & the signing of coalition agreement to protect vulnerable workers. At the Consulate General of Mexico, 1399 SW 1st Avenue, third floor.

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USA: Boston commemoration ceremony on 28 April

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A message from Al Vega of MassCOSH

We are holding Workers Memorial Day commemoration ceremony on Thursday April 28th at 12pm in front of the Massachusetts State House here in Boston. We will be reading the names of 63 fallen workers in our state and releasing our Dying on the Job: The Loss of Life and Limb in MA Workplaces report that day as well. Please let us know if you need any additional info.

Thanks, Al Vega

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Tasmania: Put your shoes out on 28 April

April 28 is International Workers Memorial Day. A day of remembrance for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell through their work.

Show your solidarity. This Thursday take a photo of your shoes and post to social media with#putyourshoesout and #IWMD16

Remember the dead. Fight for the living.

Launceston Memorial Service: http://bit.ly/1QxHs0G
8am Workers’ Memorial, Elizabeth Gardens, near Aurora Stadium, April 28

Hobart Memorial Service: http://bit.ly/1SG7l2J
5 for 5.30pm St David’s Cathedral, April 28

HACSU Health & Community Services Union (TAS)
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation – ANMF Tas Branch
Australian Education Union AEU – Tasmanian Branch
Community and Public Sector Union (spsft) Tasmania
ASUVicTas
United Voice Tasmania
CFMEU Vic-Tas
CEPU Tasmania
IEU – Independent Education Union Victoria Tasmania
Maritime Union of Australia – Tasmanian Branch
The Tasmanian Grassroots Union Choir
Unions Tasmania Women’s Committee
Australian Unions

Australia: Zola’s story

“Thursday April 28 is International Workers’ Memorial Day when we remember the dead and fight for the living. We have a history of marking this important day with events around the country. Last year we asked our members to put their boots and tools out in memory of a worker who was killed at the Royal Adelaide Hospital site.

At the same time we were sent an email by Zola: an 8 year old grade 3 student from the south east of Melbourne who wanted to know what her class could do to commemorate the day. Several people in her family had been injured at work and so Zola’s mum suggested she contact the CFMEU.

We were blown away.

Zola organised her class to put their shoes and pencil cases (their tools) out, and took a photo.

Every 6 minutes a worker in the industries we cover is either killed or seriously injured. We will always stand up for safety. We’re asking that you stand up with us.”

New Zealand: 99 Kiwis killed at work

HomeThis Workers Memorial Day, April 28th, we remember the 99* New Zealanders who went to work and never came home, the 99 New Zealanders who were killed at work.

“Workers Memorial Day is a sombre. We remember those whose lives would have been saved if their workplaces had been safer. All of these deaths could have been prevented,” CTU President Richard Wagstaff said.

“On Workers Memorial Day Selina Eruera, mother of Eramiha Pairama who was killed at work while he was working on a forestry block, will sit in a coroners hearing in Taneatua, in the Bay of Plenty. She will listen to the detail of how her son was killed at work and how his death could have been prevented if the right health and safety procedures had been in place,

“Earlier this month new health and safety law came into force. This new law means that kiwis are safer at work.  But there is still work to be done.  We know that people that work on farms need better protections (particularly those using quad bikes). We also know that elected health and safety representatives are crucial in keeping working people safe but are under attack by some employers.  We must also address is the menace of asbestos – New Zealand’s worst workplace killer. We urge Cabinet to ban the import of asbestos containing materials but that is not enough.  We need a plan to eliminate it from our buildings,

“On Workers Memorial Day all around the country events of remembrance are occurring. There are also events focused on fighting for the living; fundraising for the legal work which has justice in its sight for the families whose loved ones never came home,” Wagstaff said.

*ACC statistic here http://www.acc.co.nz/about-acc/statistics/injury-statistics-tool/index.htm?claimtype=fatal&account99=99&age_group=all&gender=all&injury_site=all&cause=all&diagnosis=all&sport=all&scene=all&region=all

Please note that in May there are two coroners’ hearings into forestry workplace deaths in the Rotorua Coroner’s Court. 10 May – Charles Finlay. 11 May – David McMurtrie