Worldwide, hundreds of thousands die in workplace “accidents”. Millions die of occupational diseases. Every year. Union organisation is the remedy. Prevention is the only cure.
Unions are facing a huge variety of challenges on occupational health and safety : the attempt by a minority to cut OSH rights using the crisis as an excuse, the need for designing a different development model where health and safety is at the centre, the importance of considering psychosocial risks or strengthening labour inspections, and the list goes on.
Despite this diversity, unions are all showing the way forward : they will not surrender until everyone can do their job without risking his or her life and health !
Check out the joint Hazards/ITUC map for this 28th of April, an impressive compilation of activities all over the world showing unions´ commitment to defend workers´ health and safety.
Remembering all those workers who are no longer with their families and communities:f For them, unions continue their fight for safe workplaces and for a sustainable world!
Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary´s message for this 28th April is available here.
The decision was adopted in response to EU Commission consultation on unconventional fossil fuels in Europe
UCRUS has been working to promote recovery of wealth and quality of life through re-using materials, along with the beneficial burying of organic waste and the containment of potentially hazardous elements
The Tunisian union UGTT is coordinating a national campaign against fracking, as the government is about to sign a deal with Shell and there is a deep concern for the state of serious water stress affecting the country
Many of the major companies file their sustainability reports without conscience. And their approach to the workers whose labour fuels their profits is criminal.Ask any CEO if they would like their sons or daughters to work in the textile factories in Pakistan, the mines in the Congo, manufacturing plants in Central America, or as beer women in Cambodia, and they shudder.