Global union federation Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) affiliates in Zimbabwe are conducting on occupational safety and heath Awareness Campaign 29 April Harare, Zimbabwe. CLAWUZ, GAPWUZ, ZCATWU and ZEWU are targeting actions at unions leaders, OHS committee members, company management and the workers to identify all occupational hazards accidents investigating procedures and check on compliance.
Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) affiliate in Namibia MANWU will conduct a workplace campaign to mark 28 April.
The campaign is three pronged: 1. To strengthen occupational safety and health programmes between MANWU and all stakeholders, 2. To insist the Ministry of Labour develops National Employee Wellness Policy, and 3. To campaign for the Ministry of Labour to finalise occupational health and safety policy.
MANWU will develop campaign materials to emphasise the importance of Employee Wellness Policy and the finalisation of the OHS Policy.
CMWEU, a Mauritius affiliate of the global union federation Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI), will hold a series of actions between 23 and 30 April to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day. These activities are intended to awareness of the importance of work related medical check ups, occupational disease prevention and legal protections for workers. CMWEU will also spread the message that ‘Unions make safe work’.
In the Philippines global construction union federation Building and Wood Worker’s International (BWI) affiliate NUBCW will hold a one-day forum for new members (construction workers) covering safety standards and OHS rights at work.
Another BWI affiliate BWFM will organise an action involving 300 construction worker members in the Thainlyin township (this is in Yangon, and much of the construction activity there is within a special economic zone) to demand meaningful OHS legal reforms.
To mark International Workers’ Memorial Day, Hong Kong Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) affiliate CSGWU will hold a public memorial event near the Central Government’s building, with one of their key demands to be for the Government to recognise karoshi (death by overwork) fatalities as workplace accidents.
All of the global federation Building and Wood Workers International BWI Peninsula-Malaysia affiliates will collaborate in a press conference/protest that will be held at a Kuala Lumpur construction site demanding justice for Nepali migrant workers who have died in Malaysia. BWI will publish a report on 28 April documenting eight fatalities and a further 20 injuries where no compensation has been paid whatsoever.
In Sabah Malaysia BWI affiliate STIEU is planning further activities to be announced shortly.
BWI has published an International Workers’ Memorial Day poster in several languages, including Swedish. [pdf]
BWI has published an International Workers’ Memorial Day poster in several languages, including Portuguese. [pdf]
BWI has published an International Workers’ Memorial Day poster in several languages, including Spanish. [pdf]
BWI has published an International Workers’ Memorial Day poster in several languages, including English. [pdf]