Tag Archives: Covid 19

Global: Remembering those we have lost, demanding change so we lose no more – UNI Global Union

Even before the catastrophic spread of COVID-19, 7,600 people died daily because of work-related illness or injury. And during the pandemic, millions of essential workers represented by UNI Global Union and our affiliates—often migrants, women, and people of colour—have risked exposure to this deadly virus to support their communities and their families. Tragically, an untold number have died.

“This International Workers’ Memorial Day, we remember the workers who are no longer with us. We hold their loved ones in our thoughts. We recognize they did not sign up to risk their lives when they worked so bravely to keep our societies running,” said UNI Global Union General Secretary Christy Hoffman. “And we honour them today—and the many others killed or injured from working—by fighting for the living.”  Read more here

USA: National COSH Report: Reporte “Riesgos Mortales, Fallas Costosas” / “Deadly Risks, Costly Failures” and other WMW resources

Families and Co-Workers Remember Those Lost on the Job for Workers’ Memorial Week

LOS ANGELES – Gathering at a virtual National Speak Out to observe Workers’ Memorial Week, safety activists said today that a new COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) will save lives and must be “rapidly approved and rigorously enforced.”

National COSH also released today a new report, “Deadly Risks, Costly Failures.”  Key findings include:

Deadly Risks, Costly Failures” report.

Reporte “Riesgos Mortales, Fallas Costosas” 

Graphics to share on social media, in English and Spanish, in our 2021 WMW Toolkit.

  • Worker complaints to OSHA increased by 20% in 2020 when compared to 2019 — but safety inspections dropped by 50%
  • No public agency is monitoring workplace infections or fatalities from COVID-19.  The total number of those who have died after workplace exposure is untracked and unknown.
  • Black, Latinx, and Native people are more likely to get infected, more likely to die from the disease, and over-represented in the frontline occupations where workers are most at risk.

Deadly Risks, Costly Failures” is available at NationalCOSH.org.

Global: La pandémie de #COVID19 n’est pas à l’origine de la crise sanitaire au travail, mais l’a mise en évidence!

La pandémie de #COVID19 n’est pas à l’origine de la crise sanitaire au travail, mais l’a mise en évidence!

UK: Workers suffering mental health ‘epidemic’ linked to pandemic stress, Unite survey reveals

Workers are suffering a mental health ‘epidemic’, a UK and Ireland-wide survey of Unite workplace representatives has revealed.

Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, said there is a ‘clear link’ between the increase in stress brought on by the pandemic and called on employers to help prevent the crisis being carried forward as the country opens up.

The health and safety-focused survey of 1,400 Unite reps, from across all sectors of the economy, found that 83 per cent are dealing with an increase in members reporting mental health-related problems.

Mental health issues also came top of workers’ concerns during a similar survey last year. However, there has been a huge 18-point increase from the 65 per cent reported in 2020.

The survey also found that regulators and health authorities carrying out workplace visits are not routinely speaking to union reps. These organisations include the Health and Safety Executive, local authorities, Public Health England/Wales and others.

Only a third of respondents whose workplaces had been visited reported that inspectors had spoken to reps during the visit, despite it being vital to gaining an accurate picture of health and safety on site.

Unite called the finding ‘alarming’ as it had previously raised the ‘potentially dangerous’ issue with regulators, who all insisted that speaking to reps during visits is a matter of course.

The union said regulators need to begin publishing records on whether workplace reps have been spoken to, something they are not currently required to do.

Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “This survey shows there is an epidemic of mental health issues being suffered by workers across all sectors of the economy. 

“April is Stress Awareness Month and employers need to be aware that there is a clear link between the explosion in mental ill-health and the stressors of the pandemic. 

“As the country and the economy come out of the coronavirus freeze, the after effects of the pandemic are still going to be felt, including their impact on people’s mental health. 

“During the week of International Workers’ Memorial Day, we should remember that many workers not only paid a physical price during the fight against Covid-19, but a psychological one too.

“Employers need to be aware of this and in partnership with trade unions implement mental health friendly policies to help prevent the psychological toll of the pandemic being carried forward longer than it needs to be.

“The survey also revealed a worrying trend of regulators not speaking to union reps during workplace safety inspections. This means regulators are not getting a full and accurate picture of the environments they are visiting, which is potentially dangerous.  

“Unite has raised this issue before with all the relevant regulators and health authorities, but it is clear it is not being addressed. Direction requiring them to publish records of speaking to reps during visits is now needed.” 

ENDS

The survey’s full findings are available here.

https://www.unitetheunion.org/news-events/news/2021/april/workers-suffering-mental-health-epidemic-linked-to-pandemic-stress-unite-survey-reveals/

Zimbabwe: Joint union and employers declaration recognises health and safety as a fundamental right

The Zimbabwe Construction Allied and Trades Workers’ Union (ZCATWU) signed joint declarations with 6 construction companies in Harare, Zimbabwe recognising the importance of health and safety at workplaces, especially in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis. more

Global: Top union speakers from ITUC and Nigeria Labour Congress speak up for ‘fundamental’ safety at ILO 28 April event

Global Launch of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2021

Anticipate, prepare and respond to crises – Invest Now in Resilient Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Systems

The aim of this global virtual webinar is to stimulate dialogue on the importance of investing in safety and health at work in responding to emergencies and crises affecting workplaces, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Zoom webinar will be held in English and interpreted in French and Spanish. Apr 28, 2021, 1:30 pm  (CEST). Registration and further details

Nigeria: ITUC president Wabba – NLC

Ayuba Wabba, President of ITUC and National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress makes an address to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day 2020

Egypt: GTUBWW joins the campaign to protect Egyptian and migrant workers from exploitation of employers


GTUBWW from Egypt joins the campaign to protect Egyptian and migrant workers from the exploitation of employers, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. #BWI2020IWMD #iwmd20

El Salvador se une a la campaña de la ICM: “¡Proteja a los Trabajadores! Alto al COVID-19”


SOICSCES, El Salvador joins ICM campaign: ” Protect Workers! Stop COVID-19 “. #Lifebeforeprofit
#BWI2020IWMD #28Abril2020 #iwmd20