Category Archives: 2017

UK: New TUC guide will help health and safety reps keep both men and women safe at work

The TUC has  published a new guide for trade union representatives to help them take gender differences between men and women into account when identifying health and safety concerns at work.

Gender in occupational health and safety says that historically the health and safety needs of men in the workplace have been prioritised over women. Risk prevention has focused on visibly dangerous work – largely carried out by men – in industries like construction and mining, with an assumption that the kind of work that women do is safer.

However, the guidance argues that a gender-stereotyped or ‘one size fits all’ approach is now out-of-date. It has been issued in the run up to International Workers’ Memorial Day next week (Friday 28 April), the theme of which this year is ‘good health and safety for all workers – whoever they are’.

Where the differences between men and women are taken into account when assessing risk and deciding suitable risk control solutions, there is a greater chance of ensuring that the health, safety and welfare of all workers is protected, says the TUC.

The new guide outlines some of the main health and safety risks women can face at work:

  • Back pain: Women tend to suffer more from pain in the upper back and limbs as a result of repetitive work in both manufacturing and offices, while men tend to suffer more from lower-back pain from exerting high force at work.
  • Violence and harassment: Women tend to work in lower-paid and low-status jobs where bullying and harassment are more common, while men predominate in better-paid, higher status jobs and supervisory positions.
  • Not having the right tools: Women working in male professions like construction, engineering and the emergency services are at risk from inappropriately designed tools.

The handbook also provides a checklist for trade union representatives to help them pursue issues around gender at work – including questions about whether sex and gender differences are taken into account in manual handling risk assessments, and in assessments of postural problems including prolonged standing or sitting.

The findings should help union reps encourage employers to take action on the issues that will make a real difference to the health, safety and welfare of women in their workplaces.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “People come in all shapes and sizes and when it comes to health and safety, the ‘one size fits all’ approach is old-fashioned and dangerous. Nowhere is that clearer then when looking at gender.

“Pressing for healthy, safe workplaces for everyone is part and parcel of the union rep’s role, and the TUC’s new gender checklist will help reps to pursue issues around gender in the workplace, and make sure that all workers have the best possible protection from illness or injury.

“Safety studies show that workers are twice as likely to be seriously injured in a non-unionised workplace. I would urge any man or woman worried about their health and safety at work to join a union, to make sure that their concerns are heard and that their interests are protected.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors:
Gender in occupational health and safety is available at www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/Gender%202017.docx
– Trade unions have been at the forefront of a number of campaigns to ensure that women’s health and safety at work is taken seriously, including:

  • Toilets for train drivers: ASLEF campaigned for the proper provision of toilets. Male drivers had endured poor provisions by coping with containers, this was plainly very difficult for female drivers. Station facilities for all staff were upgraded as a result.
  • Violence against women: USDAW has run the Freedom from Fear campaign for shop workers – who are predominantly women – since 2002, working with major retail employers, the police and politicians to make workplaces safer for all staff and customers.
  • Breastfeeding at work: Unite took up cases of cabin crew members who were new mothers whose employer’s rostering was not compatible with their need to breastfeed their babies. This case confirmed working women’s right to continue breastfeeding after returning to work and obligation on employers to accommodate this.

– International Workers’ Memorial Day serves as a reminder to workers across the globe that many of them are at daily risk of accidents, injury and illness at work. The event is an international annual day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled and injured by their work. For more information about the TUC’s involvement in the day please visit www.tuc.org.uk/workplace-issues/health-and-safety/workers-memorial-day

Canada: National Day of Mourning – April 28, 2017 – CUPW Shows Respect

The National Day of Mourning, held annually on April 28, is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives, or suffered injury or illness on the job. This annual event was initiated by the labour movement 33 years ago to increase awareness of on-the-job injuries and fatal workplace accidents. This day of remembrance was officially recognized by the federal government in 1991, more than eight years after it was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) to raise awareness of on-the-job injuries and fatal workplace accidents.

While the National Day of Mourning is now recognized in over 100 countries, including Canada, and is observed each year, there is still a lot of work to accomplish to improve workers’ safety. A number of Canadian legislative provisions dealing with occupational health and safety are deemed exemplary internationally, but most Canadian governments have not provided the necessary resources to ensure they are applied.

At Canada Post, we’ve mourned the loss of workers. We’ve had to go through the grief and pain associated with the death of a sister or brother. This year, on April 28, the CLC will commemorate the Westray Mine disaster, in Nova Scotia, where 26 miners lost their life at work following a methane gas explosion. This tragedy led to the adoption, in March 2004, of Bill C-45 that provides for the attribution of criminal liability to organizations and their representatives who fail to abide by their health and safety obligations.

On April 28, we take the time to remember those who lost their lives, suffered injuries or became disabled on the job. We must all commit to continuing the struggle to force employers and governments to fulfill their obligation to make every workplace a safe and healthy one. We must also continue seeking stronger health and safety standards and protection, and better enforcement in our workplaces.

http://www.cupw.ca/en/national-day-mourning-%E2%80%93-april-28-2017-%E2%80%93-cupw-shows-respect 

Indonesia: SERBUK Indonesia organises many activities around IWMD

SERBUK, a BWI partner organisation in Indonesia, reports various activities around International Workers’ Memorial Day like initiating dialogue with ASI the Indonesian Cement Association on poor health and safety conditions at Siam Cement Group Plants.

The union also informs us that it is launching a OSH construction database and legal drafting of OSH Law amendment.

On asbestos, SERBUK and Indonesia Ban Asbestos Network (INABAN) is sending a letter to the Ministry of Environment and Forestry requesting a discussion regarding the Rotterdam Convention and African Amendment. A Press release is also planned.

On April 28th a Rally with Ban Asbestos Issue and OSH rights for Cement Workers will take place.

http://www.bwint.org/default.asp?Index=7761&Language=EN

Global: Día Mundial de la Seguridad y Salud en el Trabajo- 28 de abril de 2017 – ¡Los Sindicatos Hacen que el Trabajo sea Más Seguro!

 

Cada año, el 28 de abril, los sindicatos de todo el mundo organizan eventos para celebrar el Día Mundial de la Seguridad y Salud en el Trabajo. Este año, la ICM se complace en confirmar el tema internacional “¡Los Sindicatos Hacen que el Trabajo sea Más Seguro!”.

Los sindicatos tienen una responsabilidad considerable por garantizar que los empleadores adopten medidas para evitar riesgos en la salud y por cuidar la vida de los trabajadores; todo esto mientras los trabajadores siguen siendo asesinados, heridos y enfermos mientras realizan trabajos de rutina. Los peligros son bien conocidos y también lo son las medidas de prevención. La abrumadora mayoría de los “accidentes” son absolutamente previsibles y prevenibles. Son causadas por la falta de gestión de los riesgos o por negligencia directa por parte del empleador. Más

Italia: Seminario per la Giornata mondiale della salute e sicurezza sul lavoro. WMD – Workers’ Memorial Day

Nell’ambito delle iniziative mondiali ed europee per la Giornata in memoria di tutti i morti sul lavoro e di sensibilizzazione sul contrasto agli infortuni, Cgil, Cisl e Uil nazionali, hanno organizzato il 27 aprile a Roma (dalle 9,30 alle 13,30), presso la sede dell’ILO in Italia, in Via Panisperna 28, l’evento italiano che, nella cornice del WMD – Worker’s Memorial Day, (“Remember the dead, fight like hell for the living!”), avrà come titolo “Garantire la salute e sicurezza in ogni posto di lavoro dell’Unione europea. Legislazione, dialogo sociale, contrattazione collettiva, nuovi rischi”.

https://www.cisl.it/calendario-eventi/75.html

UK: 28 April graphic resources from the Hazards Campaign


Hazards Campaign has produced a set of six large banners based on the 28 April theme ‘Unsafe and unfair – discrimination on the job hurts us all’. The banners will be displayed initially at the People’s History Museum in Manchester, UK – 21st April – 1 May 2017.

Banner 1 Fair enough? We are all sickened by inequality at work
Banner 2 Working women at risk
Banner 3 Racism hurts at work
Banner 4 The gig economy
Banner 5 Exporting inequalities
Banner 6 Unions make work safer

Brasil: 28 de Abril – Dia Mundial em Memória das Vítimas de Acidentes e Doenças do Trabalho

Below, details of activities organised in Brasil, by the national trade union forum on work and health. Among a range of demands, the unions call for new investment in health and safety, including enforcement. They highlight the risks of insecure work, a rise in unemployment and an erosion of employment rights and welfare benefits. Calling for a workers to join a strike, the poster says labour reforms have led to more accidents and more deaths at work. Related note from Isamar Escalona of Confederación Sindical de Trabajadores/as de las Américas follows…

Estimado, compartimos con ustedes el material elaborado por las centrales brasileriras a través del Fórum Nacional de las centrales sindicales brasileras sobre Salud Laboral, a proposito del 28 de abril.

Prezados/as companheiros/as,
O Fórum Nacional das Centrais Sindicais em Saúde do Trabalhador, tendo em vista o desmonte do Sistema Único de Saúde com o congelamento do investimento em Saúde por 20 anos com forte impacto nas políticas publicas de vigilância e proteção da saúde do trabalhador; seguido do sancionamento da lei 4302/98 que institui a terceirização em todas as atividades das empresas, precarizando as condições de trabalho , bem como; a reforma trabalhista que retira e flexibiliza direitos duramente conquistados nas últimas décadas e; a reforma da previdência que dificulta a aposentadoria e restringe direitos aos benefícios acidentários/previdenciários. Portanto, diante do cenário de dificuldades, o Fórum decidiu denunciar à sociedade no dia 28 de Abril as consequências das reformas impostas pelo atual Governo Michel Temer que atinge duramente o conjunto da classe trabalhadora no Brasil, que ainda vem sendo atingida pelo desemprego e perda de renda. Nesse sentido , afim de dar publicidade , aproveitamos para encaminhar link abaixo para impre os anexos para postagem nas redes sociais e internet.

Isamar Escalona
Responsable de los Programas de Economía Informal y Salud Laboral
CSA – Confederación Sindical de Trabajadores/as de las Américas
isamar.escalona@csa-csi.org

Panama: SUNTRACS starts April 28th Campaign

In April, many trade unions affiliated to the Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) are active to pay tribute to workers who died at work, but also those who have been injured and ill due to poor working conditions in the construction and wood industries.

This is why, on April 3rd, the Union of Construction Workers (SUNTRACS) of Panama, through its Occupational Health and Safety Secretariat, started activities with a press conference and a march to the Public Ministry as part of their struggle to seek the criminalization of work accidents. The slogan adopted by SUNTRACS to this 2017 April 28 Campaign is “A Death… A Stoppage”, a slogan adopted by BWI in Latin America and the Caribbean region for the past seven years.

Among the actions planned by SUNTRACS this month: project inspections, a health and safety forum, seminars, pickets, posters, placards and meetings with health and occupational safety institutions.

http://www.bwint.org/default.asp?Index=7759&Language=EN

Panamá: SUNTRACS inicia campaña por el 28 de Abril

El mes de abril muchos sindicatos afiliados a la Internacional de Trabajadores de la Construcción y la Madera (ICM), se activan para rendir homenaje a los trabajadores y trabajadoras fallecidos en jornadas de trabajo, pero también aquellos que han quedado lisiados y con enfermedades profesionales, a causa de las malas condiciones de trabajo en las industrias de la construcción y madera, consideradas a nivel global, como las de mayor riesgo para los trabajadores.

Con esto, el pasado 3 de abril, el Sindicato Único Nacional de Trabajadores de la Industria de la Construcción y Similares de Panamá (SUNTRACS), a través de su secretaria de salud y seguridad ocupacional, inició actividades con una conferencia de prensa y una marcha hacia el Ministerio Público en exigencia a una investigación que busque la penalización de los accidentes de trabajo. El lema adoptado por el SUNTRACS para la campaña del 28 de abril es “una muerte…un paro”, lema que ha adoptado la ICM en los últimos 7 años en la región de América Latina y el Caribe.

Entre las acciones que estará implementando SUNTRACS durante un mes tenemos: 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.

http://www.bwint.org/default.asp?Index=7748&Language=ES

UGT: 28 de Abril: La discriminación en el trabajo pone en peligro la salud y seguridad de todas las personas trabajadoras

Spanish trade union UGT has produced a poster, manifesto and pamphlet  in commemoration of April 28th, International Day of Health and Safety at Work 2017.

Contact
ANA GARCÍA DE LA TORRE
Secretaria de Salud Laboral y Medio Ambiente
C/Hortaleza, 88 – 28004 Madrid
Email: slaboral@cec.ugt.org
Tfnº 915890952  – 915897812
Fax: 915890953
http://www.ugt.es/saludlaboral/