BFTUC joint action on 28 April, calling for OHS to be made a fundamental right at work.
BWI Affiliates in Nepal and Bangladesh demand the recognition of occupational health and safety as a fundamental right of workers. #IWMD2022
Global building unions’ federation BWI has announced the 28 April plans of its Bangladesh affiliates.
BSBWWF, will hold a worker safety and Covid-19 awareness meeting for Metro Rail Workers in Dhaka. Also in Dhaka, BBWWF, will hold a health and safety sensitisation program.
Today marks the 8th year of the #RanaPlaza collapse that claimed the lives of 1,138 garment workers in #Bangladesh. Workers do not deserve to die because of work. Recognise occupational health & safety as a fundamental right! #SaveLivesAtWork #IWMD21 pic.twitter.com/t2TvPqt0Iu
— ITUC-Asia Pacific (@itucasiapacific) April 24, 2021
Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation has published a statement on the occasion of International Workers Memorial Day (IWMD), 28 April 2020.
Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation (OSHE) demanded on this special day to stop pandemics at work and asked the government to immediately recognize the Covid-19 as an occupational disease in Bangladesh.
An urgent efforts are needed to ensure that vulnerable group of workers and employees with Covid-19 should have appropriate access to proper housing, with space for quarantine and social distancing while sleeping and eating, potable water and proper sanitation facilities on and off the job, free health care, safe transport, safe work practices and income protection.
A just response to the coronavirus pandemic is one that demands access to healthcare, safety and hygiene, social protection, and basic human rights. Now more than ever civil society must strive to not only provide aid where it is needed, but to act in solidarity with emergent working class and social movements demanding a better and safer world for all.
With best regards,
A.R. Chowdhury Repon
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.
ANROEV affiliates activities [pdf]
PRESS RELEASE – Clean Clothes Campaign email@example.com
Seven years ago, on 24 April 2013, at least 1,134 workers died in the garment industry’s deadliest factory incident in history. While we commemorate this crisis, workers’ lives are again at risk. The COVID-19 pandemic crisis sweeping through the garment industry and across the world is undermining the ongoing worker struggles for social protection, living wages, freedom to organise, and safe factories in Bangladesh.
COVID-19 pandemic threatens hard fought labour achievements since Rana Plaza.
See the detailed statement with quotes from worker representatives and Clean Clothes Campaign live-blog giving updates on how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting garment workers.
Clean Clothes Campaign website.
Building Wood Workers’ International (BWI) affiliates in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh have planned a wide range of activities to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day. Those activities will include workshops, roadshows, meetings, candlelight vigils, training, press events, seminars, silicosis screening a mega health camp and a human chain.
BMS In Gujarat one-day workshop on occupational health and safety will be held in association with the employer’s association and the Government along with a Road show on construction workers safety and health issues on 28th April.
CFBWU Workers’ awareness meeting on occupational health and safety followed by a candlelight vigil.
INCWF Commemoration at the Lafarge Holcim plant in Chhattisgarh and 28 April commemoration at selected other cement plants across the country.
CLU Health and Safety Training Workshop for District-level and second line leadership in Patna, Bihar State.
AHBWU Mega Health Camp (focusing on stone quarry and construction workers) including screening for silicosis.
TKTMS Workers rally and press meeting in Dharampuri District, Tamil Nadu. Over 1,000 workers are expected to participate. Victims and affected families shall also share experiences at the press meeting.
MAMU Meeting with Workers on health and safety awareness in East Delhi.
ACEEU Awareness seminar on safety practices and possible hazards at worksites for construction workers in cooperation with selected employers.
PFBWW Occupational health and safety awareness for union members and local union leadership of the Tarbela T4 project.
NAC Unions are planning specific site level actions with details to follow.
BBWWF Workers’ rally and occupational health and safety awareness in Dhaka (including Metro workers) and the Khulna Districts.
BSBWWF Human chain in front of Dhaka Press Club followed by a press meeting on occupational health and safety.
In Bangladesh, BBWWF and BSBWWF will organise a demonstration at Khulna district headquarters seeking fair compensation for the victims’ and families of Mongla cement factory collapse, followed by a submission of a memorandum to the District Collector*
* The two affiliates in Bangladesh have launched a signature campaign in support of union petition to improve working conditions at the workplace. On 1st May 2015 they shall submit this petition to the Government of Bangladesh at the national capital Dhaka and this shall be followed by a Press Conference.
Garment workers in Bangladesh face poor working conditions and anti-union tactics by employers including assaults on union organizers, Human Rights Watch said in a report. More