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South Asia: Multiple activities planned for International Workers’ Memorial Day

Building Wood Workers’ International (BWI) affiliates in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh have planned a wide range of activities to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day.  Those activities will  include workshops, roadshows, meetings, candlelight vigils, training, press events, seminars, silicosis screening a mega health camp and a human chain.


BMS In Gujarat one-day workshop on occupational health and safety will be held in association with the employer’s association and the Government along with a Road show on construction  workers safety and health issues on 28th April.

CFBWU Workers’ awareness meeting on occupational health and safety followed by a candlelight vigil.

INCWF Commemoration at the Lafarge Holcim plant in Chhattisgarh and 28 April commemoration at selected other cement plants across the country.

CLU Health and Safety Training Workshop for District-level and second line leadership in Patna, Bihar State.

AHBWU Mega Health Camp (focusing on stone quarry and construction workers) including screening for silicosis.

TKTMS Workers rally and press meeting in Dharampuri District, Tamil Nadu. Over 1,000 workers are expected to participate. Victims and affected families shall also share experiences at the press meeting.

MAMU Meeting with Workers on health and safety awareness in East Delhi.


ACEEU Awareness seminar on safety practices and possible hazards at worksites for construction workers in cooperation with selected employers.

PFBWW Occupational health and safety awareness for union members and local union leadership of the Tarbela T4 project.


NAC Unions are planning specific site level actions with  details to follow.


BBWWF Workers’ rally and occupational health and safety awareness in Dhaka (including Metro workers) and the Khulna Districts.

BSBWWF Human chain in front of Dhaka Press Club followed by a press meeting on occupational health and safety.

India: Multiple activities across India to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day

Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) affiliated unions have reported multiple activities across India to mark 28 April.

CFBWU Rolling rights awareness campaign on occupational health and safety (covering all labour contact points) followed by a press Conference in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.

Bharatiya Mazdoor Singh (BMS), Gujarat has reported there will be a multi-stakeholder dialogue on health and safety Issues including discussions on  the implementation of OHS provisions under the State Construction Workers Welfare Boards with key representatives from Metro Rail Contractors, Contractors/Builders’ Association, Safety Officers under the Construction Workers’ Welfare Board in Ahmedabad on 27th April (as 28th April is Saturday and a holiday for Government officials hence the union has advanced the activity on 27th).

Indian National Cement Workers’ Federation (INCWF) Health and Safety Workshops at two LafargeHolcim Cement plants (specifically where fatal accidents took place) and the union shall also utilise this opportunity to assess the status of OHS safeguards in the plants followed by meeting(s) with the management.

Nikhila Orissa Bidyut Sramik Mahasanga (NOBSM) OHS Awareness seminar for contract workers (Electricity sector) and distribution of PPE in Bhowanipatna, Kalahandi District.

ONMS, a BWI affiliate from Orissa, has reported it will hold a tripartite meeting with government and business representatives to discuss prevention of accidents.

TKTMS Mass workers mobilisation-cum-rally in Krishnagiri District

Global: IUF calls for an end to the use of “highly toxic” pesticide paraquat in India

To mark Workers Memorial Day, IUF has produced with Pesticides Action Network (PAN) and the Swiss-based NGO, Berne Declaration, a report on the use of paraquat in India. more

India: Silicosis victims mourned in Gujarat, India

Report from Jagdish Patel, Gujarat.

Today we observed 28 April – International Workers Memorial Day at Khambhat to mourn 25 silicosis victims. This is a new record of numbers of deaths in recent past. Among these 25, there are two pairs of Mother & son.One of the victims Ajay Fakir Machhi was on y 16 when he died last October. His mother Ramilaben (40) could not held back her tears rolling down while garlanding his photo. 10 Year old Sanjay lost his mother last year.He travelled all the way from Navapaura near Anklav to pay homage to her mother He had lost his father Mukeshbhai in 2011. Ajit Parmar lost his brother and Mother at two month interval during 2014. Among 25, 6 were women and 19 male. 14 (60%) were minority.

Some 200 workers, widows and concerned citizens attended the program held at Gawara Tower,Khambhat

Rory O'Neill's photo.

28 April activities across India

In India, activities are being run in different States

Tamil Nadu: TKTMS will organise a rally followed by a public meeting of construction workers at Vellore District

Gujarat: BMS will run a workshop on health and safety in partnership with the State Construction Welfare Board (Government of Gujarat), Contractors Association, Builders Association (Gujarat chapter) and Real Estate Developers Association at Ahmedabad. The union will also organise a candle light vigil with union members in the evening.

Rajasthan: AHBWU organises a mass meeting of contract workers on OHS at Kota. RPKNMS will run health and safety awareness activities focusing on silicosis, and distribute materials among mine workers engaged in the natural stone sector in Jodhpur.

Delhi: DNMS will hire a vehicle as part of their ‘Rolling rights campaign’, raising awareness on health and safety, distributing materials concerning construction welfare board and union enrolment at 3 construction sites.

Kerala: KKNTC will organise a candle light march with construction workers followed by a Public meeting at Ernakulam