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Turkey: Together we can stop labour murder

Families Workers Justice Seekers walk out for 28 April Workers Memorial Day in İstanbul.

Together We Can Stop Labour Murders

Remember The Dead, Fight Like Hell For The Living

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Germany: IG BAU warnt vor hohem Unfallrisiko durch Stress im Job

Die Industriegewerkschaft Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt (IG BAU) gedenkt anlässlich des heutigen (für die Red.: 28. April 2016) internationalen Workers Memorial Days der Beschäftigten, die bei ihrer Arbeit verstorben sind, verletzt wurden oder schwer erkrankten. Beschäftigte in der Bau- und Landwirtschaft sind besonders hohen Risiken ausgesetzt.

Unter der Überschrift „Sabbat heute – Loskommen vom Dauerstress“ veranstaltet die IG BAU zusammen mit der Gemeinde der „Berliner Gedächtniskirche“ einen zentralen, ökumenischen Gedenkgottesdienst. „Arbeit darf nicht krank machen. Erst recht darf sie nicht dazu führen, dass Menschen sterben“, sagte der Stellvertretende IG BAU-Bundesvorsitzende Dietmar Schäfers. „Jeder erkrankte, verletzte oder verstorbene Kollege ist einer zu viel! Täglich ereignen sich hierzulande Tausende Arbeitsunfälle, drei bis vier Menschen sterben in der Folge. Zudem ist die Zahl der beruflich verursachten Erkrankungen enorm. Leider sind die Ursachen nicht immer sofort erkennbar. Einer der heimlichen Killer ist Stress, den wir deshalb  zum Thema des diesjährigen Gedenkens gemacht haben. Zeitdruck, zu wenige Kollegen, Überforderung und Angst um den Job belasten nicht nur die Seele der Menschen, sie führen oft genug zu Erschöpfung. In der Folge schwindet die Konzentration und das Unfallrisiko steigt. Bitter ist, dass viele Risiken auf Kosteneinsparungen zurückzuführen sind. Es reicht daher nicht, sich allein auf den Gesetzgeber zu verlassen. Die Beschäftigten müssen für ihre eigene Sicherheit und Gesundheit einstehen und jeder Einzelne ist gefordert, immer wieder auf Missstände im Betrieb hinzuweisen und den Chef aufzufordern, Abhilfe zu schaffen. Überarbeitung, Zeitdruck, fehlende oder falsche Ein- und Unterweisung, unzureichende Schutzausrüstung, haltungsschädigende Arbeitsbereiche oder Arbeitsmittel, fehlende oder mangelhafte Sicherheitsvorkehrungen bis hin zu gefahrbringenden Arbeitsanweisungen haben im Job nichts zu suchen – sind aber keine Seltenheit“.

Nach den aktuellsten Zahlen aus 2014 der Deutschen gesetzlichen Unfallversicherung (DGUV) gab es in dem Jahr 473 tödliche Arbeitsunfälle. Das waren 18 mehr als im 2013.

Die traurigen Top 5 der Berufskrankheiten sind (2014):

  1. Lärmschwerhörigkeit                                            (6649 Fälle)
  2. Asbestose – Lungenerkrankung durch Asbest       (1967 Fälle)
  3. Mesotheliom – Tumorerkrankung durch Asbest          (1048 Fälle)
  4. Lungen/Kehlkopfkrebs durch Asbest                            (844 Fälle)
  5. Infektionskrankheiten                                                       (814 Fälle)

 

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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Argentina: La muerte por el trabajo es un crimen

EN ARGENTINA LA C.T.A. Capital EN LA CIUDAD DE BUENOS AIRES COMEMORARA EL 28 DE ABRIL EN UN ACTO JUNTO A LOS TRABAJADORES DE AGRICULTURA FAMILIAR
PROF. MARCELO Marcelo FiscinaSEC SALUD LABORAL

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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