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Latin America: BWI affiliates mobilise for 2023 International Workers Memorial Day

Latin America: BWI affiliates mobilise for 2023 International Workers Memorial Day

BWI affiliates in Brazil, Peru, Panama, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Venezuela, Colombia and El Salvador were mobilised during the month of April to advocate for the workers’ fundamental right to a safe and healthy working environment, culminating in events across Latin America and the Caribbean on 28 April to mark the close of the campaign.

The more than 60 activities in the region have included workplace inspections, occupational safety and health (OSH) training, awareness-raising activities such as picketing and leafleting concerning work-related accidents and diseases, and demonstrations demanding governments and employers take measures to prevent work-related deaths and injuries.

In Brazil, one of the activities organized by FETRACONSPAR – the Federation of Workers in the Construction and Furniture Industries of the State of Paraná – in the framework of 28 April, was an act in memory of the lives lost due to work accidents. At a location part of many commuters’ journey to work, 239 crosses were placed in reference to the workers who died due to work accidents in 2022 in Paraná (Observatory of Health and Safety at Work). The crosses bore helmets of all colours, representing the different positions on a civil construction site, from the bricklayer’s assistant to the chief engineer – a reminder that everyone is exposed to risks. The event was covered by the Brazilian TV channel with the highest audience.

In Panama, the closing ceremony of SUNTRACS’ annual campaign was attended by 250 workers, the Panamanian Minister of Labour, union and company representatives and other authorities. Part of the event was a theatre piece to inform the new generations that today’s guarantees of personal protective equipment (PPE) and occupational health training are the result of a historic trade union struggle. The event was also a tribute to Barbara Mejía, former OSH secretary of SUNTRACS, who was responsible for training a generation of union leaders in the field. The event was broadcast live and closed with a demonstration.


Peru, FTCCP – the Peruvian Federation of Civil Construction Workers – organised a conference on 26 April entitled ‘Protection and defence of the right to health in the construction sector’ with authorities and experts, in which they demanded the reduction of the weight of the cement sac in Peru from 42.5 to 25kg.

In Argentina, UOCRA – the Argentinean Construction Workers’ Union – organized activities throughout the week of 24-28 April with digital and face-to-face activism in defence of healthy working environments through the dissemination of flyers and videos on social networks, and the distribution of posters and leaflets in workplaces. Amongst the activities, a highlight is the OSH union training programme for young delegates so that they are skilled to defend the application of the fundamental right to OSH, through the detection of risks at different stages of the work and know how to identify the adjustments that must be carried out to control these risks.

On 27 April, the BWI regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean organised a webinar to launch an OSH Brigade Manual. More than 70 trade union representatives from the region registered for the event. Denilson Pestana, BWI LAC Regional President, opened the webinar with a candlelight tribute in memory of workers who have died due to occupational accidents or diseases, followed by a presentation by Juan José Guilarte – Senior Specialist on Workers’ Activities of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Office for the Southern Cone – on the ILO Conventions on occupational health and safety that have been upgraded to fundamental status; Mauro Posada and Ever Asprilla, OSH secretaries of UOCRA and SUNTRACS, respectively, presented how OSH is being used by their organisations as a strategy for trade union activism; finally, BWI LAC Regional Representative, Nilton Freitas, presented the Manual, a tool available to BWI affiliates for OSH training.


Brazil: International day of remembrance for workers killed or injured in work accidents [Webinar]

International day of remembrance for workers killed or injured in work accidents
The International of Construction and Timber Workers (ICM) is pleased to invite you to the “Webinar Launch of the Manual of Brigadiers on Health and Safety at Work (SST)”
The event will be virtual and will take place on April 27th from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Brazilian time).
Please register via the link: https://forms.office.com/e/pCxrGMPFR4

Ecuador: Women heavy construction equipment workers, affiliated with FEDESOMEC, join the April 28 events

Equador: Women heavy construction equipment workers, affiliated with FEDESOMEC, join the April 28 events. #IWMD22

Panama: SUNTRACS conducts month long meetings in run up to 28 April

Panama: SUNTRACS completed its 1-month campaign on Health and Safety at Work (SST), on April 28, 2022. After a month of meetings with workers and inspections to construction projects, the union organized a Closing Act in the Ramal Station Project, Metro del Tocumen Airport.


Peru: Plantation workers mark 28 April

Peru: SUTFACAP joins the meetings of April 28, 2022 at the Plantation of Faber-Castell Peru. The union is calling for occupational health and safety to be recognised as an ILO fundamental right at work.

El Salvador: SOICSCES declares occupational health and safety must be recognised as an ILO Fundamental Right at Work

El Salvador: SOICSCES event on April 28, 2022. The union has agreed occupational health and safety must be recognised as an ILO Fundamental Right at Work. #IWMD22

Argentina: On 28 April UOLRA pressed for safety to be recognised as a human right

Argentina: UOLRA joins the April 28th commemorations. The union is pressing for occupational health and safety to be recognised as an ILO Fundamental Right at Work.

Peru: CATP 28 April seminar – ‘Psychosocial Risks and Gender Violence at Work during COVID-19’

We invite you to participate in the Zoom Webinar: ′′ Psychosocial Risks and Gender Violence at Work during COVID-19 ′′
Date: April 28, 2021
Time: 06:00 pm (Lima – Peru)
To participate in the Zoom platform, you must register at the following link: https://bit.ly/SST28abril
After enrolment, you will receive a confirmation email with information to join the webinar. We appreciate your gentle participation and dissemination of this call.

Curaçao: Alianz global por la salud y seguridad en el trabajo – SEBI/FKP

SEBI of Cura zaao joins Campaign for Global Alliance for Health and Safety at Work, signing 1 Statement with Kasa Popular Foundation (FKP).
Together we recognize Health and Safety as a fundamental right. Let’s go!


SEBI de Curazao se une a la Campaña por la Alianza…

Posted by BWI Global Union on Friday, 16 April 2021

32 reports of 28 April activities in Latin America and The Caribbean

BWI has reported an enormous number and range of 28 April activities across Latin America and the Caribbean:

  1. FENATIMAP (Peru): Work stoppage at 1 workplace. Meeting with workers to talk about OSH and to conmemorate workers killed or injured at work in the past.
  1. SITRAFAPESA (Peru): They participated in the meeting about accidents prevention called Peru’s Congress. 3 of their leaders were trained in the creation of commissions against industrial accidents.
  1. SINTRACESANLO (Peru): Meetings at workplaces  with the presence of the employees. They were talking about the importance of OSH and April 28th.
  1. SUNTIMAVEN (Venezuela): Stoppages and meetings in the companies were they have Collective Bargaining: Caracas, sawmills Chaguaramas, broom factory Palma Real CA, Sawmill Caucagua CA, Furniture Bima.
  1. FETRAMECOL (Colombia): Talk at their headquarters with the assistance of their trade unions in Bogota. They discussed techniques of first aid and assistance in case of accidents. Resources like coast2coast, from where a first aid course could also be taken, were discussed. Completed the action with 1 minute of silence in commemoration of those killed in accidents.
  1. FECOTECMAC (Colombia): They held a commemorative session for the dead and injured workers and gave a talk at its headquarters about OSH in construction.
  1. SINTRA-SKINCO COLOMBIT (Colombia): They participated of a national march in honor to April 28th.
  1. FETICOM-SP (Brazil): Participated in a state mobilization.
  1. FETICOM-SC (Brazil): Organized their annual mobilization of OSH called “Movida”.  Pamphlets about OSH and accident prevention has been delivered throughout the month of April to workers and construction companies. Distributed those pamphlets during and after the mobilization.
  1. FETRACONSPAR (Brazil): Organized their VI Seminar of Improving Health and Safety at Work.
  1. STICC-POA (Brazil): Organized their 4th Seminar Valuing Work and Life: the pillars of a just society.
  1. FETRACOMPA (Brazil): Developed actions in Batista Campos Square in Belén. Provided information with the logo of the BWI and FETRACOMPA. Used a car with sound to explain the global significance of April 28th.
  1. SINTEPAV-BA (Brazil): Participated in the march in Salvador Bahía. As part of their program of action on health and safety they: conducted advertising (“No more accidents”) that contributes to greater awareness and reducing accidents; are conducting their annual seminars (which this year 2015 will be completed with the 7th edition); look for collaboration with public bodies (MTE, MPT); directed supervision at construction Works to check working conditions and compliance with the terms OSH; are proving technical assistance in the preparation of the reports of hazards and unsanitary conditions in companies.
  1. SINTRAICCCM (Brazil): Developed activities in Cuiabá, Várzea Grande, San Antonio Leverger and Rondonópolis. Actively participated in the “Green Abril” program, which took place between April 07th and 28th by the New Trade Union Central of Workers (NCST-MT), the Federation of Industries of Mato Grosso (FETIEMT) and the Trade Union Technical Safety at Work of Mato Grosso (SINTES-MT), in collaboration with the SINTRAICCCM. Attended the allusive program to the International Workers Memorial Day of the Regional Labor Court (TRT-MT), between April 27th and 29th, with a stand of the trade union and provided orientation in relation to workers’ health.
  1. FENATCO (Haití): Will organize a press conference about this campaign and April 28th meaning. National mobilizations. Meetings with workers and companies businesmen. Creation of brochures and flyers about April 28th and 25 kilos.
  1. SEBI (Curazao): They performed their activities on May 1st (all together with the International Workers Day). Had a meeting to discuss the relevant trade union action to prevent accidents and illnesses in the workplace. They offered a Conference mass for all workers, with the presence of high officials and members will participate. Then participated of the national march with banners in the streets of the city; visited two busts and make 2 minutes of silence to commemorate those workers who have died during their labors.
  1. BIU (Bermuda): Held a Health and Safety Conference. And Mr Nisbit gave a radio interview about the deceased workers and the importance of April 28th for the trade union movement  at Hott 107.5 FM.
  1. UNATROPYT (Costa Rica): Will place a commemorative plaque at one of their certifiqued construction works.  That plaque will honor all workers who died because of accidents at work, worldwide. Will organize a stoppage (of 1 hour), with the presence of one Labor Inspector that will certify that every OSH regulations are correct. During the stoppage they will have meetings with workers on site.
  1. SUNTRACS (Costa Rica): Will organize a stoppage (between 30 minutes to 1 hour), with the presence of one Labor Inspector that will certify that every OSH regulations are correct. During the stoppage they will have meetings with workers on site.
  1. FENTICOMMC (Dominican Republic): Will organize their annual Workshop on Occupational Health and Hygiene.
  1. FETRACOM (Dominican Republic): They participated in the 3rd National Congress of Occupational Hazards organized by its Trade Union Confederation (on April 27th), in order to promote a culture of prevention against accidents in the workplace.
  1. SINCS-G (Guatemala): Will organize a socialization campaign about April 28th with flags and banners at strategic points in Guatemala. They´ll organize as well a tripartite activity about OSH with representatives from the Local Government, employers and SINCS-G trade union leaders.
  1. SUNTRACS (Panama): They have created radio and TV spots about April 28th and accident prevention. Also organized a national press conference promoting their campaign for this year. On April 28th they´ll perform national mobilizations.
  1. SITICEDPA (Panama): Stoppage and meeting with workers at the cement plant about OSH.
  1. FITCM-N (Nicaragua): Workshop about OSH with representatives of the Health and Safety Committees on different companies.
  1. SNSCAASC (Nicaragua): Performed an assembly on site with 250 employees and the presence of the Ministry of Labour and representatives of the company where they did the stoppage.
  1. SOICSCES (El Salvador): Organized meetings with workers at workplace and participated of the national march.
  1. UOCRA (Argentina): Will organize assemblies and meetings with construction workers and delegates. Will deliver brochures and posters about April 28th and about the main risks of our industry. At different workplaces they have placed posters about the occupational risks of the use of amianto and its biological hazards. They have designed and placed a banner about the defense OSH at its website. Created and lauched an advertising spot on their channel “Building TV”. Will place a commemorative plaque and will spread an awareness message about April 28th on social networks.
  1. UECARA (Argentina): Will participate in the Argentina Week of Health and Safety at Work, holding an exhibition about the policies developed over the last year on OSH, the projects and the work plan initiated in this 2015 by the trade union. Will deliver on the stand different brochures and materials about OSH, and will offer to the public interactive games for educational purposes and a medical space for the control of blood pressure and vital signs.
  1. SINTRAIGCMA (Paraguay): They participated at the Worker Week: between April 27th to May 1st, and at the national mobilizations. Also gave a OSH panel to all workers.
  1. FETRACEM (Chile): Stoppage and meetings in workplaces about OSH, through its affiliates.
  1. FETRACOMA (Chile): They developed assemblies in various construction sites and created a promotional poster for the campaign.