ACV-CSC-Belgium calls on the #EU, its MS governments, and employers to genuinely commit, and take actions needed, to achieve #ZeroDeathAtWork.
ACV-CSC is planning an action on the 28th of April to put the spotlight on the psycho-social risks at work and highlight their proposals for better prevention of psycho-social risks.
The action will take at the “Place du Marché aux poisons”, in the centre of Brussels.
In the street theatre action, tight rope walkers will try to keep their balance while carrying weights that represent psycho-social burdens. The tightrope stands symbolically for the tight rope workers are walking when trying to balance work and life. Workers may fall from the rope as a consequence of psychosocially overburdening.
There will also be a number of webinars in CSC Federations on 28 April in Wallonia and Flanders.
ACV blijft ijveren voor preventie psychosociale risico’s op het werk
Further details: Karin Debroey, ACV-CSC
ACV-BIE Belgium during the celebration of worker s’ commemorative day on April 28
L’épidémie de coronavirus qui sévit actuellement a soulevé la question de savoir si cette maladie peut être reconnue comme une maladie professionnelle dans certains cas. La position de la Centrale Générale – FGTB est ferme : le COVID-19 doit être reconnu comme maladie professionnelle pour tous les secteurs “essentiels”. Soutenez notre appel en signant notre pétition.
Le lundi 23 mars 2020, FEDRIS, l’Agence fédérale des risques professionnels, a confirmé que les personnes atteintes de COVID-19 (diagnostiquées par le test d’un laboratoire) qui travaillent dans le secteur des soins de santé et qui courent un risque nettement accru d’être infectées par le virus peuvent prétendre à une indemnisation pour maladie professionnelle. Ces dispositions concernent tout le personnel travaillant dans les hôpitaux en ce compris le personnel médical, paramédical, logistique et de nettoyage.
Maladie professionnelle pour tous les secteurs essentiels
Ce 28 avril, à l’occasion la journée mondiale pour les victimes d’accidents et de maladies professionnelles, la Centrale Générale – FGTB appelle FEDRIS à étendre cette reconnaissance à l’ensemble des travailleurs qui ont été exposés et contaminés par le virus du fait de leurs activités professionnelles dans les secteurs considérés comme « essentiels » aux termes de l’arrêté ministériel du 23 mars 2020 (Chimie, pétrole, gardiennage, construction,…)
Notre centrale s’engage à interpeller FEDRIS et la ministre de tutelle sur ce point que nous estimons légitime pour l’ensemble des travailleurs qui ont été contraints de prendre des risques.
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BWI Belgian affiliates welcomed an agreement reached with social partners in the construction sector last 15 April which makes the rules of social distancing in workplaces a priority.
To raise awareness on health and safety and workplace deaths BWI’s Belgian affiliate ACV-CSC held a demonstration in Brussels on 29 April 2019. The participants were dressed in white with a white mask to symbolize the number of deaths due to accidents at work each year in Belgium.
The union is also contacting members of Parliament who are members of the Social Affairs Committee to have their signature on a declaration of commitment. The purpose is to obtain their support for an amendment to the legislation to provide workplace accident victims with an immediate copy of the workplace accident report.
Trade Union Federation ACV-CSC has sent the following announcement of their planned activities for 28 April:
Our national action at the ACV-CSC is divided into 2 parts:
- Monday 29 April 9.30 am, Place Horta in Brussels (close to the Ministry of Employment) : an awareness campaign via a symbolic action. 150 ACV-CSC members will lie on beds. They will be dressed all in white, with a white mask. This action symbolizes the number of deaths due to accidents at work each year in Belgium. The action will last one hour. We had done a similar action in 2013 (image below).
- Political action : we contact the members of Parliament who are members of the Social Affairs Committee to have their signature on a declaration of commitment. Our purpose is to obtain their support for an amendment to the legislation to provide workplace accident victims with an immediate copy of the workplace accident report (written by the employer). We believe that such an amendment to the legislation will make it possible to limit the refusal of insurers to recognize work accidents, because the worker could immediately report a failure or error in the workplace accident report. With the commitments of as many members of the Parliament as possible, our demand should be heard.
ACV-CSC has also published informative documentation for its members but also for workers across the country (see attachments… in French and Dutch)
ACV-CSC will also conduct several regional actions (for example on 26 April in Liège a workshop around Health and Safety at work).
Every year ACV – CSC takes action on the 28th of April to raise awareness around health and safety at work. In 2015 focusing on the REFIT-program of the European Commission, several problems within the dangerous substances legislation (occupational limit values, carcinogens and reprotoxic substances) and organising a large information campaign on the use of dangerous substances. Following actions took place:
- In all Belgian companies with workers representatives, but also in some SME’s ACV-CSC distributed leaflets with information on the safe use of dangerous substances, employers and workers obligations. (leaflet in French and Dutch )
- ACV-CSC prepared a publication on the REFIT-program of the European Commission to explain what it is really about, a deregulation of workers rights, also in the field of health and safety (link to the REFIT-publication in French • More information.
- On Tuesday, 28th of April, together with FGTB, CGSLB and ETUC ACV-CSC visited our minister of labor, Kris Peeters and asked him:
- To make sure that REFIT won’t affect the health and safety of workers.
- To defend the necessary revision of the European carcinogens directive with a priority list of 50 binding occupational exposure limits and the integration of the reprotoxic substances in the scope of this directive.
- To defend a harmonisation of OELs in the European Community to prevent disloyal competition at the expense of workers health.
- To take action on a national level to integrate reprotoxics in Belgian legislation on carcinogens.
More information on this visit you can find here in French and in Dutch.
On 28th April, the Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique (FGTB) – Charleroi and the Centre de Défense et d’Action pour la Santé des Travailleurs (C-DAST) will organise an seminar in the Bois du Cazier. The seminar title is ‘We should not let them demolish our health! The event location is symbolic: a restored coal mine in which 262 miners died in 1956 following a technical accident. The union will also organise an action in front of the employers’ organisation headquarters.
For more information on FGTB Charleroi activities for this 28th April, please contact Philippe Vigneron, email@example.com