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Myanmar: Building unions stand up for safety

BWI construction union affiliates in Myanmar took action on the planned Holcim-Lafarge merger. They said there could be no merger without unions and safety assurances.

Belgium: ACV – CSC takes action on the 28 April

Every year ACV – CSC takes action on the 28th of April to raise awareness around health and safety at work.  In 2015 focusing on the REFIT-program of the European Commission, several problems within the dangerous substances legislation  (occupational limit values, carcinogens and reprotoxic substances) and organising a large information campaign on the use of dangerous substances. Following actions took place:

  1. In all Belgian companies with workers representatives, but also in some SME’s ACV-CSC distributed leaflets with information on the safe use of dangerous substances, employers and workers obligations. (leaflet in French and Dutch )
  1. ACV-CSC prepared a publication on the REFIT-program of the European Commission to explain what it is really about, a deregulation of workers rights, also in the field of health and safety (link to the REFIT-publication in French •  More information.
  1. On Tuesday, 28th of April,  together with FGTB, CGSLB and ETUC ACV-CSC visited our minister of labor, Kris Peeters and asked him:
  • To make sure that REFIT won’t affect the health and safety of workers.
  • To defend the necessary revision of the European carcinogens directive with a priority list of 50 binding occupational exposure limits and the integration of the reprotoxic substances in the scope of this directive.
  • To defend a harmonisation of OELs in the European Community to prevent disloyal competition at the expense of workers health.
  • To take action on a national level to integrate reprotoxics in Belgian legislation on carcinogens.

More information on this visit you can find here in French  and in Dutch.


Netherlands: FNV DEMANDS RECOGNITION of chronic solvent-induced disease VICTIMS

With a wreath at the Workers’ Memorial Monument in Amsterdam, the FNV today commemorates those who have died through work. In the Netherlands, approximately 3,000 employees annually by dirty and dangerous work. This year the theme of the painter disease OPS (chronic solvent-induced disease). FNV director Coen van der Veer: “In the Netherlands we have a group of employees who are seriously ill by exposure to solvents. They are left to their fate. No compensation, no recognition of their miserable position. We want recognition for this group of people which has been hit hard by the work they did. ” more

IWMD 2015: Lafarge Uganda

 In Lafarge Uganda, workers commemorated the dead and injured workers, and participated in the  global action day by observing a moment of silence with the workers to remember 50 workers who died in lafarge the past two years (2013-26 workers, 2014 to date 24 workers). The union also shared with the workers the global union demands to the new company Lafarge-Holcim. The unionized employees walked through the plant and gathered at the Gate for group photos.

Pakistan: Members of PFBWW commemorate Workers Memorial Day

Members of the Pakistan Federation of Building and Wood Workers (PFBWW) commemorate Workers Memorial Day in Gadoon Industrial state

Philippines: Citra Mina workers remember their dead and fight for the living

The Citra Mina Workers Union and their national centre SENTRO commemorated Workers Memorial Day with the families of fishing vessel workers declared lost at sea. Over the past two years, at least 17 workers on vessels fishing for the Citra Mina Group are known to be missing or dead and the union continues to investigate other cases. more

BWI construction affiliates take action in Chile

Colombia unions say Holcim-Lafarge merger cannot happen assurances

28 de abril de 2015 – Actividades en Colombia y Venezuela

Nuestros afiliados de Colombia y de Venezuela reportan las actividades siguientes:

  • FECOTECMAC: Los miembros de la Asociación de Técnicos Constructores del Cesar (Valledupar) realizarán una sesión conmemorativa por los fallecidos y lesionados en accidente de trabajo y darán una charla en su sede sobre salud y seguridad en el la construcción.
  • SUTIMAC: Realizarán una charla sobre salud, seguridad e higiene en la industria del cemento en la Planta de Producción de Cementos Argos en Yumbo (Cali); una charla en la Planta de ETERNIT en Cali y una Reunión de Comité Ejecutivo el día martes 28 de abril, donde uno de sus puntos es evaluar los temas de seguridad e higiene ocupacional en la negociación colectiva que dará inicio a mediados de año con la empresa Cementos Argos.
  • Curso de Formación Sindical Nivel I. Los participantes del Curso de Formación Sindical Nivel I que está desarrollándose en la ciudad de Medellín, junto a SINDICONS, organización de la Intergremial de trabajadores de la construcción y la Madera de Colombia, plataforma de trabajo de unidad de acción de la ICM en el país harán un alto en sus labores de aprendizaje y formación como promotores sindicales para recordar a los trabajadores fallecidos y lesionados en accidentes de trabajo. El curso que es facilitado por la Escuela nacional Sindical de Medellín es el primero de tres y entre sus materias y asu8gnaciones tiene todo un módulo de formación sobre Salud y Seguridad en el Trabajo en el sector de construcción acorde con la legislación colombiana más reciente.
  • SINDICONS: El Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Construcción y Similares de Colombia realizará una charla en sus instalaciones de la Girardotta en la Planta de CONCONCRETO en Medellín ante unos 60 trabajadores.
  • ACTEG: Participó del 3° Congreso de Seguridad y Salud en el Trabajo, organizado por el Departamento de Salud Ocupacional del Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA) realizado durante los días 24, 25 y 26 de abril de 2015 en la ciudad de Bogotá.
  • SUNTIMAVEN de Venezuela: Los compañeros harán paros de minutos y darán charlas en las empresas donde tienen negociación colectiva de la capital en Caracas, Aserraderos Chaguaramas, Fábrica de Escobas Palma Real CA, Aserradero Caucagua CA, Muebles Bima. Ellos esperan que las seccionales del resto del país también se activen como Propulso, MASISA y los trabajadores de las plantaciones forestales del Estado Bolívar en la Amazonía venezolana.
  • FETRAMECOL de Colombia: Realizarán una charla en la sede principal de la ciudad de Bogotá con asistencia de sus sindicatos en Bogotá, hablaran sobre técnicas de primeros auxilios y asistencia en caso de accidentes. Finalizarán con la ceremonia de vela y el minuto de silencio en conmemoración y respeto por los fallecidos en accidentes de trabajo.


28 de abril de 2015 – Actividades en Colombia y Venezuela

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BWI affiliates in Colombia and Venezuela reported the following activities:

FECOTECMAC: Members of the Technical Association of Builders of Cesar (Valledupar) held a commemorative session for the dead and injured in accidents at work and give a talk based on health and safety in construction.

SUTIMAC: hold a talk on health, safety and hygiene in the cement industry in the production plant in Yumbo Cementos Argos (Cali); a talk at Eternit plant in Cali and Executive Committee Meeting on Tuesday, April 28, where one of his points was to assess the topics of occupational safety and health in collective bargaining that will begin this summer with the company Cementos Argos.

Union Training Course Level I Participants Trade Union Training Course Level I that is being developed in the city of Medellin, with SINDICONS, Intergremial organization of construction workers and Wood Colombia, working platform unit ICM action in the country will make a stop on their work as union learning and training developers to remember those killed and injured workers in accidents. The course is facilitated by the National Union School of Medellin is the first of three between their subjects and asu8gnaciones has an entire training module on Health and Safety at Work in the construction sector in line with the latest Colombian law.

SINDICONS: The National Union of Construction Workers and Allied Workers of Colombia held a talk at its facilities in the plant Girardotta CONCONCRETO in Medellin to about 60 workers.

ACTEG: Participated in the 3rd Congress on Safety and Health at Work organized by the Department of Occupational Health’s National Learning Service (SENA) conducted on days 24, 25 and April 26, 2015 in Bogota.

SUNTIMAVEN of Venezuela: Co minutes downtime will give lectures in companies which have collective bargaining in the capital Caracas, sawmills Chaguaramas, broom factory Palma Real CA, Sawmill Caucagua CA, Furniture Bima. They hope that the branches of the rest of the country also triggered as propelled, MASISA and workers of forest plantations in the Venezuelan state of Bolivar Amazon.

FETRAMECOL of Colombia: hold a lecture at the headquarters of the city of Bogota with the assistance of their unions in Bogota, they talk about first aid techniques and assistance in case of accidents. They end with the candle ceremony and moment of silence in remembrance and respect for those killed in accidents.