The BWI has been encouraging affiliates all over the world to campaign on “Unions Make Work Safer” and to pick up one or several sub themes. BWI has prepared a series of posters in Portuguese.
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
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.
ANA GARCÍA DE LA TORRE
Secretaria de Salud Laboral y Medio Ambiente
C/Hortaleza, 88 – 28004 Madrid
Tfnº 915890952 – 915897812
Below, CC.OO poster based on the ITUC/Hazards poster for 28 April. It features on the front page of the Comisiones Obreras website, together with a briefing.
The ITUC/Hazards poster is available here (in English, other languages to follow).
ITUC’s briefing on inequalities in occupational health is available here:
The 2017 Workers Memorial Day materials are ready. The theme this year is “Safe. Jobs. Every Worker’s Right.” The materials have been posted on the AFL-CIO website.
Multiple copies of materials are available for ordering (order form available on the AFL-CIO website). I urge you to distribute the materials widely and to organize or participate in Workers Memorial Day events. (A website for posting and listing events will be available shortly).
After years of struggle we won new rules to protect workers from deadly silica dust and beryllium, a tougher coal dust standard for miners and stronger anti-retaliation protections for workers who report job injuries. But these hard-won gains are now threatened. The Trump administration has launched an all-out assault on regulations. The president has ordered that for every new protection, two existing safeguards must be removed from the books. At the same time Republicans in Congress have moved quickly to overturn new rules issued by the Obama administration. Agency budgets and enforcement programs are on the chopping block. The safety and health of workers and the public are in danger.
We need to organize and fight back. Please get involved and organize actions, activities, or observances in your workplaces and communities to highlight the toll of job injuries and deaths. Demand that elected officials put workers’ well-being above corporate interests. And demand jobs that are safe and healthy and pay fair wages. Make it clear that the labor movement will defend the right of every worker to a safe job and fight until that promise is fulfilled.
For additional information and to order copies of materials, please contact the AFL-CIO Safety and Health Department at 202-637-5366, or visit the AFL-CIO website at: www.aflcio.org/WorkersMemorialDay.
Safety and Health Director
If you work in a safe workplace and want everyone to know, AFL-CIO has the sign(s) for you! Anxiety and fear are on the rise, and one way to combat them is to let people know that the workplace they are in is a place that doesn’t tolerate hate and harassment. The sign makes it clear that your workplace will not tolerate racism, sexism, xenophobia, Islamophobia or transphobia.
Download the sign in English and in Spanish (the Spanish version is on page 2 of the document).
The infographics below are from the National COSH report Preventable Deaths 2016, released on April 27, 2016 for Workers’ Memorial Week.
We encourage you to make use of any of these infographics at your website, on social media, or in your publications. The thumbnails below link to full-sized versions of the images, which you may save to your computer or device.
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.
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:
Through their speeches the speakers insisted on:
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.