Quotes

Quote: Sharan Burrow, ITUC

«Nous travaillons pour ‘gagner notre vie’ mais les travailleurs sont toujours exposés à des substances mortelles. Aujourd’hui, nous rendons hommage aux personnes qui ont perdu la vie au travail. En leur mémoire nous continuons à nous battre pour vivre.»

Sharan Burrow, la secrétaire générale de la CSI.

Quote: Sharan Burrow, CSI

“Trabajar es sinónimo de ganarse la vida, sin embargo, los trabajadores y las trabajadoras siguen exponiéndose a substancias letales en el lugar de trabajo. Hoy rendimos tributo a todos aquellos que se dejaron la vida en el trabajo. En su memoria, continuaremos luchando por los vivos.”

Sharan Burrow, Secretaria General de la CSI.

Quote: Sharan Burrow, ITUC

“We call it making a living, yet working people continue to be exposed to lethal substances. Today we pay our respects to those who paid the ultimate price at work. In their memory we continue to fight for the living,”

Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary.

Quote: Sharan Burrow, ITUC

“Work shouldn’t be dangerous. We should be making things, not making orphans. Our strategy will use the full union rep toolbox – from negotiation, to representation, to action – to organise for decent, safe and healthy work.”

Sharan Burrow, ITUC general secretary

Irrespective of the rhetoric

“… irrespective of the rhetoric, workplace safety doesn’t come first, or even second or third when it comes to the priorities of governments or most corporations.”

Michael Quinlan, author of  Ten pathways to death and disaster.

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

Hell no!

Work shouldn’t be hell, it shouldn’t hurt and it certainly shouldn’t kill. Work should be fulfilling, safe and worthwhile. Union organisation can make this happen.

Sharan Burrow, ITUC general secretary