September has been a month of intense work with our colleagues from the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Nicaragua with whom we are implementing a project to promote the sound management of chemicals and to strengthen trade unions´ capacities to reduce chemical risks.
We have discussed on the national and regional situation for the management of chemicals, we have planned a number of training activities, the organization of multi-stakeholders conferences, awareness raising campaigns, etc in the three countries, which will mark a year full of union action on chemical risks.
Besides these unions´ working meetings, we presented the project, its objectives and proposals for action to government representatives from the labour, environment and health areas, who have committed their support and collaboration.
The Project puts this issue in the trade union agenda for the first time. The understanding of its complexity, of the links with environmental and human health and safety, and of the sectoral specificities is one of the important contributions of the project so far.
Another strong point of the project is the opportunity of strengthening or initiating the dialogue on these issues with other governmental and non-governmental actors , including the discussion of strategies and possible common lines of action with other unions.
The activities planned for the next months are meant to strengthen the work done through the development of trade union actions as training seminars, outreach and campaigns, and the implementation of concrete experiences at workplaces. The multi-stakeholders National Conferences aim at promoting spaces for dialogue and at articulating strategies at national and sectoral level.
More information on the project here.
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