The National Union of Building and Construction Workers (NUBCW) commemorated the International Workers Memorial Day 2022 last 24 April 2022 in Quezon City, Philippines. In attendance are NUBCW local members from Evergreen Mfg Corp. Regular project-based Employees Union (EMCRPEU), Women Welders Guild (WWG), and Association of Women Workers in the Construction Industry (AWWCI). NUBCW Secretary General, Santiago Nolla, lead the discussion on the current status of Filipino workers, and the Occupational Health and Safety laws in the Philippines. The members also echoed their concerns that most workers in the Philippines are underpaid yet the work is hard and dangerous. Women workers see that discrimination and harassment are still rampant, especially in the construction industry, that is why mainstreaming women in the construction industry plays an important role in eradicating this problem. #iwmd22
PHILIPPINES We mark this year’s International Workers’ Memorial Day by amplifying our call: end the culture of neglect of workers’ safety and health! Workers’ lives should be prioritized over profits. We join workers from around the world in remembering workers who have died due to unsafe work. We also add our voices to the collective call to recognize occupational safety and health as a fundamental right at work.
There is no better time than now to recognize OSH as a fundamental right at work. Together with the freedom of association and collective bargaining, abolition of child labor, elimination of forced labor and elimination of discrimination at work, OSH should be a standard for decent working conditions.
Join the online webinar for the campaign for workers’ safety and health demands on April 27, Wednesday at 10:00 AM — organized by IOHSAD together with the NSTP students from the UP Manila Political Science Program. To join, please fill up the zoom registration link here: https://bit.ly/IWMD2022
Global building unions’ federation BWI has announced the 28 April plans of its Philippines affiliates.
NUBCW will hold a discussion on worker safety amongst union members. This will be followed with a ceremonial candle-lighting activity to commemorate those who have suffered work incidents and deaths.
The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) in the Philippines has confirmed Covid-19 is now recognised as an occupational disease in the country, with those affected eligible for compensation payments.
Formal recognition of Covid-19 as on occupational disease, with compensation available to all those affected, is a central demand of the global union confederation ITUC on International Workers’ Memorial Day.
As the world commemorates the International Workers’ Memorial Day on April 28, the national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) pays tribute to all workers of different countries, who died in the service of the people as they battle in the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the Philippines, 26 healthworkers—20 doctors and six nurses—have died due to complications brought about by COVID-19. The number of health workers infected with the dreaded virus has soared to over 1,100. These numbers indicate the weakness of the country’s healthcare system. The national government lacks a sense of urgency in confronting the pandemic. Personal protective equipment distributed for health workers is still few. The number of testing per day is still low. Many health workers themselves cannot access testing. The approval of laboratory facilities is slow. The number of patients was already difficult for both public and private hospitals even before the pandemic, now they have a heavier workload.
In honoring the memory of workers who have died in the line of duty, we call on the national government to protect the health and safety of our frontline workers. We hold the government accountable for the neglect and inefficiency that put the lives of our frontline workers in danger.
We enjoin everyone in the households to remember each and every worker who has sacrificed in the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19 by fighting for the living.
See photos, and watch video message of KMU chairperson and workers’ noise barrage::
Various artist groups, health advocates, health workers and trade unions pay tribute to frontline workers with performances and solidarity messages. Watch tribute online concert:
As the world commemorates the International Workers’ Memorial Day on April 28, the national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) joins the global solidarity to pay tribute to workers, particularly those in the health sector, who died in the service of the people as they battle in the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the Philippines, 26 healthworkers—20 doctors and six nurses—have died due to complications brought about by COVID-19. The number of health workers infected with the dreaded virus has soared to over 1,100. These numbers indicate the weakness of the country’s healthcare system, the national government’s ill-preparedness to confront the pandemic and its failure to protect the health and safety of the health workers.
In honoring the memory of the health workers have died in the line of duty, we call on the national government to protect the health and safety of our frontline healthworkers.
We call on the people of every nation to hold their governments accountable for the neglect and inefficiency that put the lives of our frontline workers on the line.
We enjoin everyone in the households to remember each and every health worker who has sacrificed the life in the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19 by lighting a candle on 28 April 2020, Tuesday, 6pm.
To show our solidarity with our brave and tireless healthworkers, kindly take photos of your family holding the signs with the following hashtags: #ProtectOurFrontlineWorkers #PublicHealthNotProfit
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]
Join us as we light candles and remember the 26 Filipino health care professionals who died due to COVID-19. Join us as we light candles to set fire our commitment to continue fighting for the protection, health and safety of our frontline workers.
Save the date, April 28! Let us light candles to remember and mourn. Let us light candles to rage and fight!
#IWMD20 #ProtectHealthWorkers #MassTestingNowPh
We also invite everyone to watch AMBAGAN: Artists in Solidarity Concert on April 28, 6:30 pm. Join us as we offer songs and poems for our health workers. Each song is a call for free mandatory testing to all health workers. Each poem is a call for the immediate distribution of PPE to all health workers. Each message is a call for their protection, health and safety. This concert is brought to you by Concerned Artists of the Philippines, Altermidya – People’s Alternative Media Network and IOHSAD Philippines.
#ArtistsFightBack #NagluluksaLumalaban #WeMournWeFight