Category Archives: 2022 Asia-Pacific

Australia: Schoolteachers’ union says 28 April is a time to take action on safety


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“Today is International Workers Memorial Day, a time to remember and take action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work.

“This day is an important reminder of why it’s so important to keep campaigning for stronger Work Health and Safety laws. #IWMD22

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Australia: Asbestos society remembers those killed, injured or made ill by work

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“Today, 28 April 2022 is Workers’ Memorial Day. The day provides an opportunity to reflect on how to prevent occupational deaths, injuries, diseases and illnesses. It is also a day to remember those that have died from a work-related injury or illness.” #workersmemorialday2022 #iwmd22


Cambodia: 28 April video message from Carlsberg Union

An international Workers’ Memorial Day message from Kem Mao president of Carlsberg union

Pakistan: 28 April message from Pakistan Food Workers Federation

An International Workers’ Memorial Day message from Khaista Rehman, Secretary General of the Pakistan Food Workers Federation. #iwmd22 

Cambodia: 28 April video message from CFSWF

An International Workers’ Memorial Day message from Brother Chorn Chivorn, member of local union CFSWF. #iwmd22

Mauritius: Young members from CMWEU campaign to put lives over profit

Youth from CMWEU Mauritius in campaign to put the lives of workers over and above profit on the occasion of the IWMD2022. The union organized an exhibition to demand that Occupational health and safety be a fundamental right for the worker

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Uzbekistan: Video message for 28 April

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Azerbaijan: Joint action together for a positive, safe and healthy life culture

According to the recommendation of the World Labor Protection Day on April 27, 2022 by the United National Labor Protection Day under the motto “Joint action together for a positive, safe and healthy life culture” MIHI Sheki district committee Central K Library staff in the auditorium of the office system, Labor Protection Commission of the district committee, public lawyers, first colleagues.

The seminar was held with the participation of the chairmen of organizations and management and company heads. Chairman of MIHI Shaki district committee R. Mammadov made a speech and gave detailed information to the seminar participants about labor protection, technical safety and other safety rules. He stated that each union member has knowledge in this area and follows accepted rules.

The importance of social dialogue in labor safety during the pandemic. Social dialogue is an important condition not only for protecting the physical and psychological health of all employees, but also for eliminating the negative effects of the pandemic on the economy and labor spheres. Then, the collective agreement signed with the heads of enterprises within the service area of the district committee gave detailed information to the seminar participants about the articles envisaged on labor protection in the contracts.

At the end, the chairman of the Labor Protection Commission Rovzat Hajizakaryayev, Shamsiyat Askerova, the head of the Children’s Music School No 3 in Shaki, Mehriban Mammadova, the chairman of Sheki Regional Culture Office of Colleagues Organization of Shaki.

Their reports on their work were heard. Chairman of the Labor Protection Commission of MIHI Shaki District Committee R. Hajizakaryayev was awarded with an honorary decree by the district committee for his long-term effective activity in the work of colleagues. During the seminar, an exchange of views was held around the questions of the meeting participants.

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New Zealand: On 28 April NZISM is to commence a major safety management project

In New Zealand, too many people are injured or die as a result of what they do for a living. The New Zealand Institute of Safety Management’s (NZISM) purpose is to influence better health and safety outcomes at work.

As part of this effort, NZISM has commenced a major project to coordinate the actions of the three key stakeholders in advanced health and safety education in New Zealand: the employers; our students; and NZ tertiary institutions. A soon-to-be-released study produced by the NZISM Tertiary Lead will reveal that these three groups are working largely in isolation from each other and, as a result, the safety education environment is disjointed, relatively unresponsive to the needs of the country, and inconsistent in its content and approach.

As a starting point, the study observed that the 2013 Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety called for a ‘step-change’ in New Zealand safety to radically improve our woeful record of workplace injuries and fatalities. It anticipated that … “within 10 years New Zealand will be among the best places in the world for people to go to work each day and come home safe and sound”. Nine years on and this ‘step-change’ has not happened:
Last week, a further two workers died in two separate port incidents.

What will it take to make the ‘step-change’ required by the Independent Taskforce, way back in 2013?

NZISM conducted a systematic qualitative study – seeking the thoughts and opinions of the three stakeholder groups – along with a review of relevant scientific literature. Eight key themes emerged from this research. Each theme has been analysed in reference to the literature, and will result in a number of recommendations to be released in the coming weeks.

New Zealand lags well behind other OECD countries in its safety record. Our farms, forests, construction sites, ports, and many other places of work in this country are simply not managed well enough to prevent fatalities and injuries.

The recommendations of the NZISM study are required in order to achieve significant improvement in New Zealand’s health and safety record – and to achieve the ‘step-change’ called for in the 2013 Independent Taskforce on Workplace Health and Safety report.

This year, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work will not be a celebration of success in New Zealand. It will be yet another ‘Workers’ Memorial Day’. But NZISM expects that with a higher standard of safety education and application, New Zealand will achieve meaningful improvement in its safety performance in the coming years. We have to.


Australia: Government ‘missing in action’ on health and safety

Australia: Government ‘missing in action’ on health and safety
Australia’s national union organisation ACTU has released a new report: “Morrison Missing In Action on Work Health and Safety”. The report is available online.
Australia’s premier Scott Morrison has overseen “an appalling 32 per cent  increase in workplace fatalities and an 8 per cent increase in workplace injuries since 2018.”

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