On IWMD, BWI affiliates in Central Asia and Eastern Europe campaigned for safe working conditions and demanded to revive labour inspection #BWI2020IWMD
ANROEV has supplied a list of some of their affiliates’ initiatives in various countries campaigning for the recognition of COVID 19 as an occupational and compensable disease.
APHEDA Executive Officer Kate Lee reports on International Workers’ Memorial Day activities in the Asia/Pacific region.
“Tomorrow, on International Workers’ Memorial Day, we will be remembering our sisters and brothers around the globe who have died or been injured while at work.
“And in this time of crisis, we are highlighting the life-saving work of workplace health and safety campaigners who are stopping the COVID-19 pandemic in their workplaces and communities.
“Across the globe, our partner unions and community organisations are mobilising to help spread quality information on how to stay safe from the virus.
“In Indonesia, our partner organisation is working with low-income neighbourhoods of street vendors, waste pickers, and home-based workers, and they are providing life-saving protective equipment to high-risk workers.
“And in Thailand, our partner organisation is on the airwaves broadcasting crisis updates to communities of migrant workers who cannot otherwise access quality information in their own language.
“Tomorrow, you can take action on International Workers’ Memorial Day by sharing a social media message in support of the front-line workers who are helping stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
“You can also show your solidarity with workplace health and safety activists in vulnerable communities by contributing to the Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA Coronavirus Solidarity Fund.
“If you have already made a donation, tomorrow please share the appeal on social media with your workmates, friends, and family, as we remember our loved ones and our workmates who have lost their lives at work.
“In Unity, Kate Lee
The Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims is scheduled to do a formal attribute to all the victims of COVID 19 who have sacrifices their lives, on the occasion of International Workers Memorial Day 2020 ( 28 April 2020) with the theme of ” Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living.”
The ANROEV secretariat aims to collect names of workers and other front liners against the pandemic who have died fighting COVID-19. The compilation of names and information of those who died will be published as a public tribute during the IWMD 2020 commemoration on 28 April 2020.
Additionally, ANROEV members are encouraged to have their own memorial and tribute at the national level.
Ram Charitra Sah
Coordinator | ANROEV
C/O- Center for Public Health and Environmental Development (CEPHED)
Mahalaxmi Municipality, Ward No.2, Lalitpur ,