If they expose us, we will expose them

“Some of the world’s most profitable companies are not just defending their toxic products, they are defending weak exposure standards that mean they profit and you pay. It is not ethical, it is not healthy and it is not what we bargained for. We make this pledge – if they expose us, we will expose them.”

Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary

Middle East: 28 April updates from BWI affiliates

In Lebanon GSTU will hold a press conference and distribute brochures at work sites in Chekka and Tripoli.

In Jordan GTUCW will target Amman construction companies holding meetings with workers and distributing brochures.

On 28 April, at the Construction Vocational Training Center in Cairo, Egyptian union GTUBWW is to hold a workshop on the importance of occupational health and safety. The workshop will be followed by a visit to cement plants to meet workers and investigate the safety and health issues they are facing

Bahrain: Between 20 and 23 April GFBTU is to hold workshops on how to avoid worker safety and health risks in the construction sector. On the 28th GFBTU will hold an open ceremony for all workers and distribute brochures.

In Tunisia FGBB will distribute  brochures to mark 28 April.

Italy: Giornata mondiale di mobilitazione in memoria delle vittime del lavoro

Italian construction unions have prepared a poster on accidents, asbestos and occupational diseases for action on 28 April.



In the Basque country unions mobilise for sick workers’ protection

On 28 April the Basque country union ELA will call on its members to mobilise against the reform of the “mutuas” system, which is leading to lesser worker protection in times of sickness and increased influence of companies on determining workers’ benefits.

For more information on activities in the Basque country, please contact Leire Txakartegi


In Belgium unions will focus on strenuous working conditions

On 28th April, the Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique (FGTB) – Charleroi and the Centre de Défense et d’Action pour la Santé des Travailleurs (C-DAST) will organise an seminar in the Bois du Cazier. The seminar title is ‘We should not let them demolish our health! The event location is symbolic: a restored coal mine in which 262 miners died in 1956 following a technical accident. The union will also organise an action in front of the employers’ organisation headquarters.

For more information on FGTB Charleroi activities for this 28th April, please contact Philippe Vigneron, philippe.vigneron@accg.be

Argentina: Sin presiones

La CTA anunció en lanzamiento de una iniciativa original para este 28 de Abril, que incluye un concurso de expresión escrita, invitando a los trabajadores a compartir sus experiencias sobre la salud en el trabajo. El concurso “Sin presiones” esta siendo coordinado por la Secretaria de salud y medio ambiente de la CTA de Córdoba, la CTA Capital y el CISPREN.

Para mas información sobre el concurso de la CTA, visitar www.islyma.org.ar 


Los sindicatos luchan por lugares de trabajo saludables y sin riesgo químico en Argentina

Para este 28 de Abril la CGT va a destacar el impacto de los agentes químicos y biológicos para los trabajadores y trabajadoras argentinos, que suman más de 10 mil de los 660000 accidentes denunciados en los centros de trabajo. La CGT organizara asambleas en centros de trabajo haciendo énfasis en la prevención de accidentes en el manejo de sustancias química, reuniones en las regiones, distribuciones de volantes en centros de trabajo y en las redes sociales. También se sumara a la “XII Semana de la seguridad argentina”, los días 6, 7 y 8 de mayo.

Para mas información sobre las actividades de la CGT, contactarse con Mauro Posada MPosada@uocra.org

Argentina: No pressures

The CTA, has launched an original approach to this 28 April, inviting workers to write their experiences with health at work. A writing contest “No pressures” has been launched, jointly coordinated by the CTA Cordoba Health and Safety Union, the CTA Capital and the CISPREN. More information on the contest can be found here: www.islyma.org.ar 


Argentina: Unions fight for healthy workplaces without chemical risks

On 28 April  CGT will highlight the impact of chemical and biological hazards for Argentinean workers, which account for at least 10.000 of the 660.000 notified occupational accidents in the country.

The CGT will be organising assemblies in workplaces, emphasising the need for prevention measures in the handling of hazardous substances, meetings at the regional level, and distribution of information leaflets in worksites and through social media. CGT will also join activities related to the Argentinean OHS week, in early May.

For more information on CGT activities for 28 April please contact Mauro Posada  MPosada@uocra.org



Remember the dead, fight like hell for the living