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Canada: Day of Mourning – honour and remember lives lost

Across Canada, April 28 has been designated the Day of Mourning.

Every year workers, families, employers, and others come together at ceremonies held around the province to remember those who have lost their lives to work-related incidents or occupational disease, and re–new our commitment to creating safe workplaces.

More information, a listing of Canada BC activities, posters, decals, speakers and other resources can be found here.

 

Britain: Health and safety leaves your branch stronger

International Workers’ Memorial Day is the ‘perfect chance’ to reinvigorate union health and safety work – and possibly your union branch with it, the public sector union UNISON has said. Encouraging its safety reps to get active around the 28 April event, the union cites the example of its Pembrokeshire County branch, which used UNISON safety campaign materials to up the profile of the issue and in the process recruited 16 more health and safety reps, a new branch health and safety officer and saw safety reps planning more inspections and local health and safety training.
UNISON news report. TUC 2016 Workers’ Memorial Day activities listing. Add your 28 April event to the TUC . For tweeters, use the #iwmd16
ITUC/Hazards global events listing. For Workers’ Memorial Day resources including ribbons and car stickers, contact the Greater Manchester Hazards Centre by email or phone 0161 636 7557 Risks 742.

Wales: Workers Memorial Day 2016

Date and time of event:

Thu 28 Apr 2016 – 11:00 to 12:30

Venue and town/city: Cardiff

Costs: Free

About this event:

Every year more people are killed at work than in wars. Most don’t die of mystery ailments, or in tragic “accidents”. They die because an employer decided their safety just wasn’t that important a priority. Workers’ Memorial Day (WMD) commemorates those workers.

Workers’ Memorial Day is held on 28 April every year, all over the world workers and their representatives conduct events, demonstrations, vigils and a whole host of other activities to mark the day.

The day is also intended to serve as a rallying cry to “remember the dead, but fight for the living”.

In 2016 the theme for the day is “Strong Laws – Strong enforcement – Strong Unions” because across the world we are seeing growing attacks on health and safety protection, including in Britain where the Government have removed protection form millions of self-employed workers, and across Europe where the European Commission are pursuing a dangerous de-regulatory strategy. However strong laws are not enough if they are not going to be enforced. That is why we need proper inspections and enforcement action against those who break the laws. Here in the UK the number of inspections has fallen dramatically in the past five years, however in many other countries enforcement has always been non-existent. That is why we also need strong unions. Unionised workplaces are safer, yet the Government is trying to stop unions protecting the health and safety of their members by restricting the right of health and safety representatives to take time off to keep the workplace safer, and also trying to reduce our right to strike when things go wrong.

Information about the venue:

The event will be held at 1 Cathedral Rd, Cardiff at 11 am until 12.30. A small buffet will be provided.

Contact for further information:

wtuc@tuc.org.uk

Le thème de l’année: #iwmd16

Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer que le thème pour le 28 avril 2016, journée internationale de commémoration des travailleurs et travailleuses qui ont perdu leur vie ou leur santé au travail sera :

Au travail, la santé et la sécurité dépendent des lois fermes, de leur application stricte et des syndicats forts La raison pour laquelle ces concepts sont mis en évidence est claire pour ceux qui travaillent sur la santé et la sécurité au travail:

Des lois fermes parce partout dans le monde les travailleurs et travailleuses souffrent d’une protection légale insuffisante face à des risques potentiellement mortels pour leur santé et leur sécurité au travail, et là où la protection existe, elle est sous la menace de gouvernements qui cherchent à l’affaiblir. Il y a aussi des tendances qui se développent à vouloir «privatiser» la réglementation grâce à l’utilisation de normes de santé et de sécurité établies par des organismes privés tels que l’ISO.

Une application stricte parce que nous savons que, même si nous avons des lois de santé et de sécurité en place, ceux-ci sont de faible utilité si elles ne sont pas appliquées. Des nombreux pays soutiennent du bout des lèvres la législation, mais permettent aux employeurs d’ignorer leurs obligations et de mettre la santé et la sécurité de leurs employés en péril. La degradation des services d’inspection du travail fait partie de ces tendances inquiétantes.

Des syndicats forts parce qu’ils sont la meilleure protection pour les travailleurs. Les lieux de travail qui ont une forte représentation syndicale ont des taux beaucoup plus faibles de décès, d’accidents et des maladies que ceux qui ne les ont pas. Pourtant, des nombreux pays développent des lois antisyndicales, essayent de remplacer les syndicats avec des « associations de personnel » à la solde des employeurs ou d’introduire d’autres formes de «participation» comme moyen de garder les syndicats à distance.

 

Que le monde le sache !

Assurez vous de nous envoyer vos plans, affiches et matériaux pour ce 28 Avril 2016. Vous pouvez aussi le poster directement sur le groupe Facebook de la journée en écrivant sur la barre de recherche Workers Memorial Day ou en cliquant sur ce lien : http://www.facebook.com/groups/170025585213/

Vous pouvez aussi nous l’envoyer par mail à Anabella.rosemberg@ituc-csi.org<mailto:Anabella.rosemberg@ituc-csi.org>

Nous allons poster ces informations sur le site conjoint CSI/Hazards  www.28april.org

Twitter : nous vous invitons à poster des photos, posters ou annonces sur vos activités en utilisant le hashtag (nous savons qu’il est un peu cryptique pour le grand public mais il nous est de grande aide pour pouvoir amener ces informations dans le twitterfeed du site web) La CSI développera des matériaux pour la journée. Si vous avez des expériences concrètes, relatives au thème choisi, n’hésitez pas à nous les envoyer dès que possible

Merci pour votre soutien et engagement,

Rory, Jawad et Anabella – l’équipe du 28 avril

El tema de este año: #iwmd16

Queridos compañeros, queridas compañeras Tenemos el placer de confirmar el tema que usaremos para la jornada del 28 de Abril, dia internacional de conmemoración de los trabajadores/as que han perdido su vida y/o salud en el trabajo:

“En el trabajo, tu salud y seguridad dependen de leyes firmes, su aplicación estricta y sindicatos fuertes”

La razón por la que decidimos destacar estos conceptos parecerá evidente a muchos de los que trabajamos en salud y seguridad en el trabajo:

Leyes firmes, porque millones de trabajadores y trabajadoras en todo el mundo carecen de una protección legal adecuada frente a riesgos potencialmente mortales para la salud o la seguridad en el trabajo, o cuando tienen protección, la misma está siendo amenazada por gobiernos decididos a debilitarla. También se están viendo tendencias a “privatizar” la regulación, por ejemplo a través del desarrollo de normas de salud y seguridad establecidas por organismos privados como la ISO.

Aplicación estricta porque sabemos que, incluso con leyes de salud y seguridad, las mismas no son de utilidad si no se hacen cumplir. Muchos países tienen hoy  legislación, pero permiten que los empleadores ignoren sus obligaciones y pongan la salud y seguridad de sus trabajadores en riesgo. La degradación de los servicios de inspección del trabajo es parte de estas tendencias preocupantes.

Sindicatos fuertes porque son la mejor protección para los trabajadores. Los lugares de trabajo que tienen una fuerte representación sindical tienen tasas de mortalidad, lesiones y enfermedades mucho más bajas que las que no lo tienen. Sin embargo, muchos países están trayendo promoviendo leyes antisindicales, están tratando de reemplazar a los sindicatos con “asociaciones de personal” definidas a dedo por los empleadores o introduciendo otras formas de “participación” como una manera de mantener alejados a los sindicatos.

Decile al mundo!

Asegurese de enviarnos información sobre sus actividades, materiales o posters para este 28 de Abril 2016. Lo invitamos a colgarla directamente en el grupo de Facebook del 28 de abril (buscando en la barra de búsqueda de Facebook “workers memorial day” o haciendo click aca: http://www.facebook.com/groups/170025585213/ )

También nos puedes enviar la información por mail a Anabella.rosemberg@ituc-csi.org<mailto:Anabella.rosemberg@ituc-csi.org>

Todos los materiales serán subidos a la página común CSI/Hazards del 28 de abril: www.28april.org

Twitter: los invitamos también a enviar fotos, posters o anuncios sobre sus actividades usando el hashtag (si, sabemos que es críptico para los hispanohablantes –también para los anglohablantes fuera de nuestro grupo) pero nos ayudaría a recolectar la información enviada en el twitterfeed de la pagina)

La CSI producirá materiales para la jornada. Si tienen casos concretos, experiencias relacionadas con el tema, no duden en enviárnoslas cuanto antes.Mil gracias una vez más por su compromiso

Rory, Jawad and Anabella  (el equipo del 28 de abril)

Italia: Salute e sicurezza CGIL- Coordinamento nazionale

Il gruppo Facebook dove ci si forma e informa, dove si discute, dove tutte e tutti quell* che si occupano di SSL hanno cittadinanza. La voce dei nostri Rls, RlsT, Rlsa, RSU, dei lavoratori e delle lavoratrici, dei professionisti/e che si occupano delle nostre materie e sono vicini al più grande sindacato italiano. Le proposte delle strutture confederali e delle categorie, le novità, l’aggiornamento della legislazione, le notizie su quello che succede e le anticipazioni le trovate qui. Seguiteci, iscrivetevi, intervenite.
Grazie.

Britain: Workers’ Memorial Day – this year, it’s the law

As preparations begin for this year’s 28 April Workers’ Memorial Day (WMD) event, the TUC has announced the global campaign focus. “In 2016 the theme for the day is ‘Strong Laws – Strong enforcement – Strong Unions’ because across the world we are seeing growing attacks on health and safety protection, including in Britain where the government have removed protection from millions of self-employed workers, and across Europe where the European Commission is pursuing a dangerous deregulatory strategy,” the union body said.

TUC news alert. TUC 2016 Workers’ Memorial Day activities listing. Add your 28 April event to the TUC . For tweeters, use the #iwmd16  ITUC/Hazards global events listing.

For Workers’ Memorial Day resources including ribbons and car stickers, contact the Greater Manchester Hazards Centre by email or phone 0161 636 7557.

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Theme announcement #iwmd16: Strong laws. Strong enforcement. Strong unions.

Dear friends and colleagues

We are pleased to confirm the international theme for the upcoming 28th April, International Day of Commemoration of Dead and Injured Workers – or Workers’ Memorial Day,

“At work, your health and safety depends on  Strong laws. Strong enforcement. Strong unions.”

The reason why these concepts are highlighted is clear for most of us working on occupational health and safety:

Strong laws
because across the world workers either have inadequate legal protection from potentially deadly risks to their health at work, or existing safety protection is under threat from governments intent on deregulation. There are also moves to “privatise” regulation through the use of health and safety standards set by private bodies such as ISO.

Strong enforcement
because we know that, even if we have health and safety laws in place, these are of no use if they are not enforced. Many countries pay lip service to legislation but allow employers to ignore their obligations and put the health and safety of their workforce at risk. The degradation of labour inspectorates is part of these worrying trends.

Strong unions
because they are the best protection for workers. Workplaces that have strong union representation typically have much lower fatality, injury and ill-health rates than those that do not. Yet many countries are bringing in anti-union laws, are trying to replace unions with in-house “staff associations” hand-picked by employers or introducing other forms of “participation” as a way of keeping out unions.

 Let the world know!

Please ensure you send details of your planned activities, any resources and artwork you produce for 28 April 2015. You are invited to post them directly in the 28th April Facebook group by typing Workers’ Memorial Day or clicking here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/170025585213/

You can also send them to us by email Anabella.rosemberg@ituc-csi.org

We will post all these materials in the joint ITUC/Hazards 2016 28th April website, www.28april.org

Twitter: you are also invited to post pics, posters or announcements of your activities using the hashtag (we know, it’s cryptic for the outside public, but it’s short and helps us for the twitterfeed in the website, and its 2015 equivalent [#iwmd15] proved a success, ‘trending’ at times in more than one country)

Background ITUC materials will be produced for the day. If you have concrete cases, experiences related to the theme that you would like to see in our materials, please send them as soon as possible.

Thanks again for your work and commitment!

Rory, Jawad and Anabella – the 28th April team

Britain: Workers’ Memorial Day – this year, it’s the law

Every year more people are killed at work than in wars. Most don’t die of mystery ailments, or in tragic “accidents”. They die because an employer decided their safety just wasn’t that important a priority. Workers’ Memorial Day (WMD) commemorates those workers. The 28 April annual event is marked all over the world, as workers and their representatives conduct events, demonstrations, vigils and a plethora of other activities to mark the day.

As preparations begin for this year’s event, the British union federation TUC has announced the global campaign focus. “In 2016 the theme for the day is ‘Strong Laws – Strong enforcement – Strong Unions’ because across the world we are seeing growing attacks on health and safety protection, including in Britain where the government have removed protection from millions of self-employed workers, and across Europe where the European Commission is pursuing a dangerous deregulatory strategy,” the union body said. “However strong laws are not enough if they are not going to be enforced. That is why we need proper inspections and enforcement action against those who break the laws.”

The TUC said that in UK the number of inspections has fallen dramatically in the past five years, while in many other countries enforcement is non-existent. “That is why we also need strong unions. Unionised workplaces are safer, yet the government is trying to stop unions protecting the health and safety of their members by restricting the right of health and safety representatives to take time off to keep the workplace safer, and also trying to reduce our right to strike when things go wrong.”

TUC news alert. TUC 2016 Workers’ Memorial Day activities listing. Add your 28 April event to the TUC . For tweeters, use the #iwmd16

For Workers’ Memorial Day resources including ribbons and car stickers, contact the Greater Manchester Hazards Centre by email or phone + 44 161 636 7557.

ITUC/Hazards global events listing.