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Fiji: Minister Launches National OHS Plan

Fiji Commerce and Employees Federation IR consultant Noel Tofiga, MP Alvick Maharaj, Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Parveen Bala, Director ILO for the Pacific Island countries Martin Karimli, and FTUC rep Rouhit Karan Singh during the launch at the Sugar Cane Growers Council Building in Lautoka on April 28, 2022. Photo: Waisea Nasokia/Fiji Sun

Fiji’s Ministry of Employment in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services has implemented a five-year Occupational Health Service Strategic Plan.

The partners include employers’ and unions’ representatives, international partners, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and World Health Organisation (WHO).

“My Ministry in collaboration with the tripartite National OHS Advisory Board has already endorsed the process to ratify ILO Convention 161 on Occupational Health Services, ILO Convention 187 on the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health, and ILO Convention 162 on the elimination of asbestos,” said Parveen Kumar Bala, the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations.

Source: Fiji Sun

USA: Workers Memorial Day 2022: Materials and Resources – AFL-CIO

AFLO-CIO is gearing up for International Workers’ Memorial Day with a comprehensive suite of resources including briefings, information, posters, stickers, graphics and events listings available in English and Spanish.  The details below are from  Safety and Health Director Rebecca L. Reindel.

Flyer [English]
Flyer [español]
 

 

 

 

 

Colleagues,

Workers Memorial Day, April 28, is just around the corner. This year, the labor movement will commemorate those we have lost on the job and will organize to make the fundamental right of a safe job a reality for all workers. This year’s theme is “Organize! Safe Jobs Now.” Attached are AFL-CIO President Shuler’s letter, launching Workers Memorial Day planning this year and English and Spanish versions of this year’s flier.

Please join us this April 28 to honor the victims of workplace injury and illness and the call to organize for safe jobs for all workers. As we do every year, trade unionists around the country and globe will organize our communities and workplaces to observe Workers Memorial Day.

We will highlight the toll of job injuries and deaths; demand that elected officials put workers’ well-being above corporate interests; and demand safe jobs for all. This year, and every year, the labor movement will defend the right of every worker to a safe job and build collective power to make that right a reality.

Please use the resources below when planning for this year’s Workers Memorial Day and reach out to us with any questions, concerns, comments along the way.

Materials and Artwork:

Please scroll down our Workers Memorial Day home page to view and download this year’s materials and artwork: aflcio.org/workersmemorialday. These include posters, stickers, and fliers in English and Spanish. Stickers are available for “Organize! Safe Jobs Now” and for “Mourn for the Dead. Fight for the Living.”

Please place your order for materials here. You can either pick up materials in person at our Washington DC headquarters or have them shipped to you.

Workers Memorial Day Events:

We want to hear about your Workers Memorial Day plans! Please share your event with us so that we can include it on our map of events across the country.

Plan events, actions, activities and observances with suggestions in our flier. If gathering in person, especially indoors, please follow CDC’s guidelines on organizing large events and gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Toolkit Coming Soon:
Soon, we will be distributing more materials to help you plan your commemorations and advocacy efforts. These include talking points, sample materials for media outreach, worker safety and health facts, state-by-state safety and health data, fact sheets, digital resources, infographics and other information.

How to reach out to us about Workers Memorial Day:
oshmail@aflcio.org or 202-637-5341

Hashtags you can use to build solidarity online around Workers Memorial Day:
#IWMD2022 #WorkersMemorialDay #1uSafety

Rebecca L. Reindel, MS, MPH (she/her)
Safety and Health Director, AFL-CIO
815 Black Lives Matter Plaza, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006

Reconnaître la santé et la sécurité au travail comme un droit fondamental à l’occasion de la Journée internationale de commémoration des travailleuses et des travailleurs

Reconnaître la santé et la sécurité au travail comme un droit fondamental à l’occasion de la Journée internationale de commémoration des travailleuses et des travailleurs – le 28 avril #IWMD22 – Confédération Syndicale Internationale

Make safe and healthy work a fundamental right this International Workers’ Memorial Day – 28 April #IWMD22 – International Trade Union Confederation

Hacer de la salud y seguridad en el trabajo un derecho fundamental esta Jornada Internacional de Conmemoración – 28 de abril #IWMD22 – Confederación Sindical Internacional

Reconnaître la santé et la sécurité au travail comme un droit fondamental à l’occasion de la Journée internationale de commémoration des travailleuses et des travailleurs – le 28 avril #IWMD22

À l’occasion de la Journée internationale de commémoration des travailleuses et des travailleurs #IWMD22, les organisations syndicales font pression en exigeant que la santé et la sécurité soient finalement reconnues comme l’un des principes et droits fondamentaux au travail.

04-02-2022

« Cela ne fait aucun doute. Tous les travailleurs et travailleuses devraient savoir qu’ils ont le droit de s’attendre à ce que tout soit mis en oeuvre pour assurer leur sécurité au travail.

« Nous appelons l’Organisation internationale du travail (OIT) à adopter la santé et la sécurité au travail comme un droit fondamental au travail. Il est tout aussi important que la liberté syndicale et l’élimination du travail forcé, du travail des enfants et de la discrimination dans l’emploi », a déclaré la secrétaire générale de la CSI, Sharan Burrow.

Trois ans se sont écoulés depuis que l’OIT a convenu, lors de sa Conférence du centenaire, que cette mesure serait adoptée. À cette époque, quelque 8,1 millions de personnes ont perdu la vie à cause de leur travail et de nombreuses autres aujourd’hui subissent des lésions ou sont atteintes de maladies qui ont changé leur vie car leur employeur ne les a pas protégées.

Et d’ajouter : « La pandémie de Covid-19 a démontré, sans l’ombre d’un doute, que les travailleurs ne peuvent plus attendre. Les décès sur le lieu de travail sont évitables et les derniers chiffres indiquent qu’un travailleur meurt au moins toutes les dix secondes. Ce faisant, l’OIT ferait un premier pas en vue de réduire ce nombre effarant de décès et de lésions ».

Plus qu’un droit fondamental

La CSI et ses organisations affiliées appellent les gouvernements à prendre des mesures pour :

  • ratifier et mettre en oeuvre les conventions fondamentales de l’OIT sur la sécurité et la santé ;
  • ratifier et mettre en oeuvre toutes les conventions sectorielles ou sur les risques professionnels ;
  • établir des instances nationales chargées de la santé et de la sécurité regroupant des représentants des syndicats et des employeurs ;
  • assurer des services de santé au travail pour tous et garantir des mesures d’indemnisation appropriées, notamment en reconnaissant la Covid-19 comme maladie professionnelle.

« Les employeurs doivent prendre leurs responsabilités en matière d’évaluation et d’éradication des risques sur les lieux de travail et dans les chaînes d’approvisionnement, et consulter les syndicats en ce qui concerne la prévention par le biais de comités de santé et de sécurité sur le lieu de travail.

« En outre, il est nécessaire que l’OIT agisse davantage, relève des défis tels que le stress au travail et les troubles musculo-squelettiques, et élabore une convention sur les risques biologiques, notamment la Covid-19. Il est urgent que la Covid-19 soit reconnue comme la menace qu’elle pose au lieu de travail. La sécurité et la santé devraient constituer la première priorité au travail, et non pas une réflexion ultérieure occasionnelle », a conclu Sharan Burrow.

https://www.ituc-csi.org/la-Journee-internationale-de-commemoration-des-travailleuses-et-des-travailleurs-2022

Make safe and healthy work a fundamental right this International Workers’ Memorial Day

Make safe and healthy work a fundamental right this International Workers’ Memorial Day – 28 April #IWMD22 – International Trade Union Confederation

Hacer de la salud y seguridad en el trabajo un derecho fundamental esta Jornada Internacional de Conmemoración – 28 de abril #IWMD22 – Confederación Sindical Internacional

Reconnaître la santé et la sécurité au travail comme un droit fondamental à l’occasion de la Journée internationale de commémoration des travailleuses et des travailleurs – le 28 avril #IWMD22 – Confédération Syndicale Internationale

Make safe and healthy work a fundamental right this International Workers’ Memorial Day – 28 April #IWMD22

Workers’ unions are pressing their demand this International Workers’ Memorial Day #IWMD22 to finally make health and safety at work a fundamental principle and right.

04-02-2022

“It’s a no-brainer. Every working person should know that they have the right to expect that everything is done to keep them safe at work.

“We demand that the International Labour Organization (ILO) adopts occupational health and safety as a fundamental right at work. It’s as important as freedom of association and the elimination of forced labour, child labour and discrimination in employment,” said ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow.

Three years have passed since the ILO Centenary Conference agreed that this would be done. In that time around 8.1 million people have died as a result of their work, and even more now live with life-altering injuries and illnesses because their employer did not protect them.

Sharan Burrow continued: “The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated beyond doubt that working people can’t wait for this any longer. Workplace deaths are preventable deaths and the latest figures show that a worker dies at least once every ten seconds. By doing this the ILO will be making a start on cutting this appalling toll of death and injuries.“

More than a fundamental right

The ITUC and its affiliates are calling on governments to take action by:

  • ratifying and implementing core ILO health and safety conventions;
  • ratifying and implementing all sectoral or hazard-specific conventions;
  • establishing national health and safety bodies bringing unions and employer representatives together;
  • requiring occupational health services for all, and proper compensation including making Covid-19 a recognised occupational disease.

“Employers must take responsibility for assessing and eradicating risks in their workplaces and in their supply chains, and consulting unions on prevention through workplace health and safety committees.

“And we need the ILO to do more and address challenges like stress at work, musculoskeletal disorders and a convention on biological hazards like Covid-19. It is urgent that Covid-19 is recognised for the workplace threat that it is. Health and safety should be the first priority at work, not an occasional after thought,” concluded Sharan Burrow.

https://www.ituc-csi.org/International-Workers-Memorial-Day-2022

Latin America: 2.7 million preventable deaths

Poland: Przewiduj, przygotuj się i reaguj na kryzysy POSTAW NA BHP [update]

W przyszłym tygodniu – 28.kwietnia 2021 r. – zainaugurujemy obchody Światowego Dnia Bezpieczeństwa i Ochrony Zdrowia w Pracy, które w tym roku odbędą się pod hasłem:

Przewiduj, przygotuj się i reaguj na kryzysy
POSTAW NA BHP

Międzynarodowa Organizacja Pracy (MOP), która koordynuje obchody Dnia na świecie, nawołuje do budowania rezylientnych (niezawodnych i odpornych) systemów bhp i zachęca, aby czerpiąc z doświadczeń związanych z pandemią COVID-19 i jej ogromnego wpływu na niemal każdy aspekt świata pracy, wdrażać w firmach działania, które pomogą lepiej zarządzać bezpieczeństwem pracy, efektywniej chronić zdrowie pracowników, a także skuteczniej i szybciej reagować na niespodziewane i trudne sytuacje w przyszłości.

Więcej informacji o tematyce Dnia i materiały promocyjne znajdą Państwo na stronie www.ciop.pl/28kwietnia.

Wśród materiałów do pobrania polecamy m.in. polskie tłumaczenie streszczenia raportu MOP przygotowanego z okazji obchodów Dnia (kwiecień 2021 r.) Plik do pobrania: https://www.ciop.pl/CIOPPortalWAR/file/91958/PL_SaveDay_RaportMOP.pdf

MOP zaprasza do udziału w webinarium inaugurującym obchody, które odbędzie się 28 kwietnia w godz. 13.30-14.45. Link do rejestracji

Zachęcamy do akcentowania obchodów Dnia w miejscach pracy poprzez m.in.:

  • zapoznanie się z materiałami przygotowanymi z okazji Dnia oraz ich upowszechnianie w firmach i organizacjach;
  • organizowanie wewnętrznych webinariów/spotkań na temat możliwych usprawnień systemu bezpieczeństwa pracy;
  • tworzenie dla pracowników ścieżki/ platformy do zgłaszania swoich uwag i propozycji dotyczących poprawy warunków pracy zarówno teraz, w okresie pandemii, jak i w przyszłości.

Centralny Instytut Ochrony Pracy

Australia: VTHC ‘every killer can be stopped’ event

Every year, Victorian Trades Hall Council hosts a memorial service to remember those Victorians who lost their lives at work.

Please join us on the 28th of April for International Workers Memorial Day 2021 to commemorate the workers we’ve lost in the past year.

The ceremony will include a minute’s silence at 11am and an opportunity to lay wreaths.

This event is a COVID safe event and numbers are capped, so RSVPs (and masks) are essential. The memorial service will be held in person at Trades Hall, however this is subject to change pending COVID conditions.

Remember the dead and fight like hell for the living.

 April 28, 2021 at 10:30am – 11:15am at the Trades Hall – online registration

USA: PWA Semana Conmemorativa de lxs Trabajadorxs webinar – 25 de marzo de 2021

En muchos sentidos, este año es la Semana Conmemorativa de lxs Trabajadorxs más grande que nuestro movimiento ha planeado. Mientras todas las demás lesiones, enfermedades y muertes relacionadas con el lugar de trabajo aún persisten, millones de personas han contraído COVID en el trabajo, y los ojos del público finalmente están puestos en la seguridad y salud ocupacional.

¡Únase a nuestro seminario web el próximo jueves para prepararse para la SEMANA MÁS PODEROSA DE ACCIÓN Y DE COMPARTIR HISTORIAS que conmemoran a lxs trabajadorxs! 

Fecha:                         Jueves 25 de marzo de 2021

Hora:               2:00pm a 3:30 pm Este / 1:00pm a 2:30pm Centro / 11:00am a 12:30pm Pacífico

¿Quién?          Todxs lxs que estén planeando un evento de la Semana Conmemorativa de lxs 

Trabajadorxs

¿Cómo?          ??Zoom, ¡complete esta forma rápida de inscripción!

La Semana Conmemorativa de los Trabajadorxs es una semana de acción planificada alrededor del Día Conmemorativo de lxs Trabajadorxs Fallecidxs, que se conmemora el 28 de abril de cada año. En todo EE.UU. y en todo el mundo, los sindicatos, los familiares sobrevivientes y los activistas de salud y seguridad toman medidas para recordar a aquellos que han resultado lesionados, padecen enfermedades o perdieron la vida en el trabajo y renuevan su fuego para luchar por lugares de trabajo seguros.

 

Nos vemos pronto,

USA: PWA Workers’ Memorial Week webinar 21 March 2021

In many ways, this year is the biggest Workers’ Memorial Week our movement has planned! While all other workplace-related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities still persist, millions of people have contracted COVID at work, and the public’s eyes are finally on occupational safety and health.

Join our webinar next Thursday to prepare for the MOST POWERFUL WORKERS’ MEMORIAL WEEK ACTION AND STORYTELLING! 

Date:   Thursday, March 25, 2021 

Time:   2:00pm to 3:30pm ET / 1:00pm to 2:30pm CT / 11:00am to 12:30pm PT 

Who?   Everyone planning a Workers’ Memorial Week event    

How?   ?? Zoom , please fill out this quick registration form!

Workers’ Memorial Week is a week of action planned around Workers’ Memorial Day, which is commemorated on April 28 each year. Nationwide and around the world, unions, surviving family members, and health and safety activists take action to remember those who have been injured, suffered illnesses, or lost their lives at work and renew their fire to fight for safe workplaces.

 

See you soon,

Saving lives at work – Sharan Burrow

Sharan Burrow, ITUC

Saving lives at work requires occupational health and safety to be recognised as a fundamental right.

COVID-19 has exposed the risk for workers and without safe workplaces, the risks to the community. With so many frontline workers in health and care, food production and transport, the emergency services and education putting their lives on the line to do vital work, you would think everyone would know that workplace health and safety is one of the key issues in the pandemic. And with so many people having lost their jobs, on forced leave or working from home the role of safe workplaces for a stable economy is obvious.

So you might be surprised to discover that many governments and employers don’t think that being protected should be a fundamental worker’s right.

The World Health Organisation says in its constitution that “the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being”. But the International Labour Organisation has still not been able to implement the decision of its centenary conference in 2019 to include “safe and healthy working conditions in the ILO’s framework of fundamental principles and rights at work”.

This year, trade unions around the world will be pressing governments and employers to agree to put that commitment into practice.

Every year, 2.78 million working people die because of something that happens at work. Hundreds of thousands go to work and don’t make it home in one piece.

A grim occupational disease like mesothelioma, the cancer of the lining of the lung caused by asbestos.

Being buried under tonnes of agricultural slurry because basic safety precautions were ignored to save money.

And now, fighting for breath because inadequate sick pay provision and social protection mean that workers in the informal sector — two-thirds of the people at work around the world today — are being asked to choose between scraping a living at risk of catching Covid-19 and not putting food on their family table.

Governments have left nurses, doctors, and hospital cleaners without suitable masks to protect them as they treat the dying, like in Brazil where tens of thousands of health workers have died.

Employers have forced migrant workers in Australia to work at punishing paces in freezing conditions, crammed together in meatpacking factories, an ideal breeding ground for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

And health and safety inspectors in the UK haven’t prosecuted a single employer for Covid-19 health and safety breaches in the whole year of the pandemic.

These failures are just the latest in the decades-long disgrace of inadequate occupational health and safety provision. In workplaces where people matter less than profit, where budget cuts put safety on the line, where complaints are punished rather than listened to.

Making occupational health and safety a fundamental right at work — on a par with the prohibition of child and forced labour, discrimination at work, and the right to join a union, bargain collectively and ultimately to take strike action — wouldn’t solve every problem at work.

But it would make employers and governments more accountable when they fall short and a working person suffers, often leaving grieving parents, children, wives or husbands.

It would signal that workers have the right to refuse to take unnecessary risks at work. It would strengthen the hand of inspectors and health and safety professionals. It would drive better health and safety standards along the world’s supply chains.

And it would reaffirm the right of working people to be informed and consulted by their employers about the hazards in their workplaces — benefitting not just workers but the people they care for. In New York nursing homes, 30% fewer residents died where there was a union present.

Health and safety worker representatives, joint management-union safety committees, stronger laws have all been proven, time and time again, to keep working people and the public safer and healthier.

We’re calling on Governments and employer representatives at the ILO Governing Body in March to set a firm date for inserting workplace health and safety in the ILO’s fundamental principles and rights, and then deliver on it. Workers and their unions trusted it would happen this year. It just needs leaders committed to saving lives.

People’s lives matter more than money. With the Covid-19 pandemic raging in workplaces across the world, the time is now. We can’t wait any longer.

Medium, 5 Feb 2021