Category Archives: 2016

Unions run OHS awareness raising actions in Venezuela

For this 28th April, the Central de Trabajadores Alianza Sindical Independiente (ASI) will concentrate events in three Venezuelan states: Tachira, Mérida and Trujillo, where awareness raising events on occupational health and safety will be organised. A national press conference will be organised by the ASI.

More information on ASI events for 28th April please contact Maribel Suarez Mancha maribelsuarezmancha@gmail.com

Canada: Unions renew call for asbestos ban in Canada

HomeFor this 28th April, Canadian unions are renewing their call for a comprehensive ban on asbestos, announcing today they will highlight the issue at events across the country, in the context of the National Day of Mourning for workers killed, injured or made ill on the job.

“Asbestos is the leading cause of work-related death in Canada, and with imports on the rise, the danger is increasing,” CLC president Hassan Yussuff said at a news conference in Ottawa yesterday.

More than 2,000 Canadians die every year from diseases caused by asbestos exposure, like mesothelioma and lung cancer. Death from mesothelioma increased 60 percent between 2000 and 2012. Internationally, the World Health Organization reports more than 100,000 asbestos-related deaths per year.

More information on CLC activities for April 28th here: http://canadianlabour.ca/news/news-archive/canadian-unions-renew-call-comprehensive-ban-asbestos

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

Unions focus on the importance of social dialogue for OHS at company level in Senegal

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For this 28th April, the group bringing together all trade union centres from Senegal around OHS (the InterSyndicale Sécurité et Santé au Travail) will co-organise, along with governmental agencies and employer representatives a seminar/ceremony reinforcing stakeholders’ capacity on OHS-related prevention policies. The Senegalese employment minister will be present.

For more information on this event, please contact Ousmane Diop ousmdiop2004@yahoo.fr