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Kosovo: A 28 April message from Koalicioni për Drejtësi Shoqërore dhe të Drejta Socio-ekonomike

Koalicioni për Drejtësi Shoqërore dhe të Drejta Socio-ekonomike
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In collaboration with FES, BSPK and the Labour Inspectorate, the Coalition for Social Justice organizes the week of workers and workers by implementing a number of activities that connect with safety and health at work, union organization and employment of women.
During this week there will be discussions on health and safety at work and social media campaigning. To continue with the media conference of independent unions and worker s’ rights shifts. In conclusion, the launch of the documentary and study ′′ Worthy work for women ′′ will be organized.
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Koalicioni për Drejtësi Shoqërore dhe të Drejta Socio-ekonomike
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Iniciativa Kosovare per Stabilitet – IKS
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Serbia: 28 April message from the Alliance of Independent Unions of Serbia (SSSS)

Duško Vuković, vice president of the Union of independent syndicates of Serbia (SSSS), points out that ′′ independents ′′ have been leading activities and campaigns since 2010., warning state authorities and employers that security and health are at low level.
– This is witnessed by a large number of tragic accidents, an average of about 50 employees per year at work, and 800 are injured. In addition, the number of professional diseases that are recorded annually can be counted on the fingers of one hand. All of this is a consequence of great legal insecurity and social irresponsibility, very pronounced work ′′ on black ′′ and almost no investment in labor safety. Starting from the state, through inspections where there is a very small number of labor inspectors, to the company, where there is a large influence of interesting groups led by agencies and other companies that sometimes organize those jobs for a table and more companies, points out Vuković.
Our negotiator estimates that all this affects safety and health at work formally. ′′ Various risks are being danced, and employees are not trained, neither theoretically nor practically for safe work and are not prepared for possible risks “, explains Vuković.
It adds that the Day of Safety and Health at work this year, as well as last, we celebrate in pandemic conditions, but also that safety at work in Serbia cannot be a topic to which we will give attention only on April 28.
– Among several thousand deaths from kovid-19 in Serbia, there are numerous workers infected at work. The health of employees is literally their lives, and Serbia had a weak record of the deceased from professional illnesses caused in the workplace before the epidemic. Cancer related to work and employee exposure to nearly 50 different carcinogenic substances is caused by tens of thousands of deaths. Even illnesses caused by physical hard work are not recorded, and diseases caused by psychosocial reasons such as stress, violence, harassment and job harassment are not recorded, treated with funny and frivolous.
He also believes that labor safety unions and unions play a vital role in ensuring the health and safety of employees.
– In every enterprise, institution and institution where we have formed safety and health committees, or where we are allowed, the number of injuries and diseases is reduced to a minimum. Because of all the above, we believe that no new legislation is worth us, if it does not apply and if what workers and unions fought for many decades ago now returns in time for the fight for basic worker s’ rights. We insist on real changes, starting from drastic increase in inspectors, changing the bad practice of the court, to introducing union controls for work in companies. Without that, no, even the ′′ most European ′′ paper will help us, said Vuković about the Independence portal.
The powerlessness of the controller Prasčević and Krstić from the Faculty of Labor Protection also believe that unions and the professional public need to focus on concrete solutions that will greatly improve practice.
Serbia has registered nearly 400 thousand business entities controlled by only 247 inspectors for work. This means that one labor inspector ′′ covers ′′ more than 1.550 companies. It is obvious that the number of inspectors compared to the number of economic entities is insufficient, so they have an insignificant influence on the situation in this area. In this sense, it is necessary to pay more attention to the organization of work protection jobs. It is necessary for the number of advisors, or employees for safety and health at work, the employer adjusts the type of activity, the technological process, dangers, harmfulness and estimated risks, the number of locally separate units, the number of employees and the organization of work…
The recommendation is, depending on the type of activity, that the employer who hires from 251 to 500 employees, concludes a contract to work with at least two advisors, or employees for safety and health at work, and employer from 500 to 1000 employees of at least three advisors. Those who employ several thousand employees should further conclude contract with at least one more advisor on every 1000 employees. Also, a revision of the workplace risk assessment act and in the work environment would contribute to a better organization of work safety and health jobs.
Professors Prasčević and Krstić say that considering the highest number of injuries to work with fatal results and serious injuries are happening in construction, the valid 1997. Rulebook on construction work needs to be revised. In fact, two new ones would leak from this rule: one only for working on height, and the other depending on the type of construction activity. According to this, it is necessary to innovate and shine of outdated, and very important rules concerning certain industries, professors point out.
They also point out that this whole area must be observed more because measures, activities and procedures are aimed at ensuring the safety and health of the population and the law on fire protection, the law on environmental protection, the law on health care, the law on infectious diseases the disease…
All our speakers believe that without constant education and training is not worth any normal change. In order to improve and develop professional competencies in the field of safety and health, professional improvement and ′′ lifelong learning ′′ of people who deal with safety and health jobs should be encouraged.

Hungary: #IWMD21 Savez samostalnih sindikata Hrvatske

Hungary, #IWMD21
Savez samostalnih sindikata Hrvatske
Today is National Work Protection Day and International Day of Remembrance of the dead workers – we pay tribute to all the victims at work and demand safe and healthy jobs!
And there is no health without mental health! If you missed it, listen to our conference yesterday on how the pandemic impacted workers:

Romania: 28 April message from Federatia Sanitas din Romania

Federatia Sanitas din Romania

Romania, #IWMD21
April 28, 2021-International Day of Health and Safety in Work (SSM)
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us once again the shortcomings of the safety and health system in work in hospitals and social care centers in Romania.
On the occasion of the International Day of SSM, the International Labour Organization (ILO) calls for resilient safety and health systems capable of dealing with future crises. Better national health and safety policies in work, institutional and regulatory frameworks that are integrated into a strong and coherent response to crises of any nature that may occur, the ILO report said on the occasion to this day.
′′ Since the pandemic started, workers in specific sectors such as health and social care have been particularly vulnerable to the risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2. According to data quoted in the Report, worldwide, around 7.000 workers Healthcare workers have died since the outbreak of the crisis, while 136 million health and social care workers are at risk of contracting COVID-19 at work.
The pressures and risks facing health care workers during the pandemic have also affected their mental health: one in five health workers globally reported symptoms of depression and anxiety ′′ the ILO release said. (source:…/news/WCMS_783121/lang–en/index.htm)
The health crisis we have been experiencing for over a year has emphasized all the fragilities of the safety and health system in work from public health and social care institutions in Romania.
When we talk about safety and health rules in work, we don’t just mean protective materials and equipment – combinations, masks, gloves or disinfectants!
There are plenty of other risks, from exposure to dangerous materials, biological agents or radiation, to the least recognised as professional stress, harassment or bullying.
The government and employers are obliged to provide employees with normal conditions for decent work, to comply with the legislation and protocols regarding the SSM, whether the professional activity is under normal conditions, or we function in crisis!
Because the price of ignoring the safety and health rules in work is measured including in lost lives!

Georgia: GTUC statement on International Workers’ Memorial Day #iwmd21

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Georgia, #IWMD21
GTUC • საქართველოს პროფკავშირების გაერთიანება
❗️ April 28 is the International Day of the Dead and injured at workplace
▪ On the International Day of Remembrance of Employees, the Union of Professional Unions of Georgia joins the demand of the world trade unions, so that the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Labor and Health of Employers in the Workplace, recognizes as fundamental rights, as well as:
▪ Right to effective recognition of freedom of union and collective negotiations;
▪ Abolition of forced or compulsory labor;
▪ Elimination of children’s labor;
▪ Prohibition of discrimination in workplaces;
Every year 2,6 million people die from job related professional illness and injuries. The pandemic has made the situation even more difficult.
The pandemic has clearly shown us the vulnerable conditions in which employees and citizens are in. Evidence from all over the world proves that the virus is spreading in jobs and not only in healthcare and care, but also in factories, meat products, warehouses, schools, offices, transport and other sectors.
Therefore, it is especially important that labor safety and health be discussed in the rank of fundamental rights.
In addition, it is necessary to recognize Covid 19 as a professional disease.
Every 10 seconds in the world, one person dies due to labor safety standards deficiency. If lots of employees worked in shameful conditions before the pandemic, the situation got even worse today.
We urge the government to carry out comprehensible responsibilities to protect employers and community members who move into or touch with such employment areas. This is their fundamental right.
The 2019 declaration of the International Labour Organization, which governments, employers, and trade unions have been unanimously adopted, includes a promise to keep the employee healthy and safe in the workplace. The rules of the International Labour Organization also include such conditions. And the World Health Organization already recognizes health as a fundamental human right.
One of the main priority issues in labor relations for the Union of Georgia’s professional connections was and is labor safety, as far as human life and health are the greatest value.
Important steps have been taken to improve labor safety in Georgia in recent years to demand trade union. Laws on ′′ Labour Safety ′′ and ′′ Labor Inspection ′′ have been enacted. Labor Inspection Service has formed a separate public law legal personal with an increased mandate, which means overseeing labor standards in all economics.
The Labor Inspection Service Consultancy Organisation-Advisory Council has been established.
If we move forward in terms of the legislation regulating the above-mentioned labor safety and perfection, we cannot say the same about legislation.
Georgian legislative acts of so-called ′′ Technical Regulations ′′ that came into force since 2013, cover only some parts of economic activity. Accordingly, in areas where labor safety issues are not regulated by Georgian normative acts, employers and supervisors should be led by the Soviet normative acts in force before 1992 Supervision agencies in those areas of activity do not have legal mechanism for employers to arrest administrative houses.
It is necessary to improve labor safety in the country: refinement of the legislative base and strict enforcement of the law. The main indicators for assessing labor safety are statistics on industrial accidents and professional diseases. The latter is not calculated by the state until now.
Labor safety remains the main challenge in 2020, the number of deaths in jobs reached 39, and the number of injured reached 249
45 died in 2019, and 59 seriously injured in 168. 2018 were killed and 199 injured seriously. There is a sensible loss in the construction sector in terms of deaths between last year and 2019, in particular in 2020, 11 and 44 seriously injured, while 29 died in 2019 and seriously injured 54 A human being.
One of the important conditions for effective enforcement of the law is the number of labor inspectors in the country and the opening of regional structures. Today Georgia has only 53 labor inspectors, whose localization is only the capital.
We believe that it is important to take into account the state of labor safety and to reduce the accidents in the workplace and take into account the above-mentioned disadvantages of the state.

Czech Republic: ČMKOS message on International Workers’ Memorial Day

ČMKOS message on International Workers’ Memorial Day

Belarus: 28 April message from Belarusian Independent Trade Union – Беларускі Незалежны прафсаюз

Belarusian Independent Trade Union – Беларускі Незалежны прафсаюз
International Labour Organization (MAP) declared April 28 World Labour Day to bring global public attention to the scale of the problem, and how creating and promoting a labor protection culture can contribute to reducing annual mortality in the workplace.
Trade unions celebrate this day – International Day of Remembrance of Workers who died at work, or died due to dangerous, difficult working conditions.
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Norway: Workers’ Memorial Day – helse og sikkerhet må inkluderes i ILOs kjernekonvensjoner

I norsk arbeidsliv er det høye krav til sikkerhet og tydelig uttalt at alle har rett til forsvarlig arbeidsmiljø. Globalt står millioner av arbeidstakere uten tilsvarende rettigheter. Unio støtter kravet om globale HMS-retningslinjer. #IWMD21

Workers’ Memorial Day – helse og sikkerhet må inkluderes i ILOs kjernekonvensjoner

Gibraltar FA marks International Workers’ Memorial Day

ImageOn International Workers Memorial Day we remember the dead and continue to fight for the living #IWMD21

Montenegro: SSCG: Zaštita i zdravlje na radu kao fundamentalno pravo Međunarodne zajednice

Poruka koju žele da pošalju je da se zaštita zdravlja i sigurnosti na radu mora uvažiti kao pravo svih i da svaki radnik mora imati pravo da podigne svoj glas i pravo na zaštitu, bez obzira da je u pitanju koronavirus, tumor kojeg je uzrokovalo radno mjesto, povreda na radnom mjestu ili profesionalno oboljenje. Čitaj više

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