Today is the World Day Against Child Labour and therefore its eradication must engage the commitment of society as a whole, which cannot remain indifferent to such a problem.
IV World Conference against Child Labour - Venue Buenos Aires - Argentina - 2017
Reducing the impact on the environment is a task for all.
World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution of 15 December 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference, Sweden, whose core topic was the Environment Celebration is held each year on 5 June since 1973. This Day aims to inspire more people than ever before to take action to prevent the growing strain on planet Earth’s natural systems from reaching the breaking point. The 2016 theme highlights the “;fight against the illegal trade in wildlife”, which erodes precious biodiversity and threatens the survival of many species on the planet. It also undermines our economies, communities and security. This year’s slogan "Go Wild for Life" encourages you to spread the word about wildlife crime and the damage it does, and to challenge all those around you to do what they can to prevent it. “;On this World Environment Day, I urge people and governments everywhere to overcome indifference, combat greed and act to preserve our natural heritage for the benefit of this and future generations”. ¬- Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General In this context, the UOCRA works and develops training and awareness programmes for the reduction of the impact on the environment generated by works, becoming one central pillar of our actions to improve Working Conditions and Environment (Cymat)
In the framework of the SRT Resolution 1642/09, activities of the Program aimed at companies with high accidents rates, continue in the City of Buenos Aires and the Province of Buenos Aires.
Within the framework of the Comprehensive Training Programme developed by UOCRA, CAMARCO and audited by SRT, training actions aimed at building workers in construction companies with high accidents rates continued. In this regard, training actions were held at UOCRA and Department of Health and Safety at Work (SST) headquarters in the City of Buenos Aires and in the works whose companies are carrying out railways improvement in the towns of Castelli and Lezama. Some contents developed are: Prevention of Occupational Risks Act N° 24557 Decree 911of Health and Safety for the Building Industry Rights and Obligations of SRT, ART, Employers and Workers. Personal Protective Equipment: items according to tasks and risks, wear and care. Occupational Hazards at height: Use of PPE according to the task, lifeline and anchor points, stairs and working platforms. Working specific tasks of railways; movement of loads and others. Actions will be concentrated in 5 jurisdictions with the highest activity in the City of Buenos Aires, and in the Province of Buenos Aires.
Mr. Gerardo Martínez
Mr. President, As workers believe that the universalization of social justice transcends the political times and requires the commitment of everybody. The problems of migrants and their rights, the lack of decent work in the global supply chains and the employment for the transition to peace, are relevant in the face of the challenges of the future of work agenda. Today we can see an attack on social labour rights and a growing inequality in the world that requires an ILO active role and a greater inclusion in the powerful stage of the global economy. As workers we cannot accept an ILO that accepts a model of inequality consented through tripartism. We have to find solutions to put an end to poverty, unemployment, especially of young people, to modern-day slavery and the worst forms of child labour. As the Pope Francis says "we are witnessing the growth of poverty all around the world and the gap between the rich and the poor will continue to grow, , poor who are impoverished by others, excluded and marginalized, while we see with horror vast regions of the world where poverty means hunger and death". For the trade union movement, decent work is the only effective tool to achieve sustainable development, especially taking care of the environment. Workers cannot accept a world where inequalities are deepened, increases the concentration of wealth and where the only answer is the precariousness of working conditions. In Latin America we see with concern there is a tendency to criminalize social protest by trying to restrict the right to strike, among others. In the region, having achieved democracy is not enough. There is violence and death, anti-union behaviour, lack of effective social dialogue, freedom of Association and collective bargaining. The trade union movement in the region reaffirms the validity of the fundamental rights and their enjoyment. At the recent Trade Union Confederation Congress of the Americas, we identify the deficits showing our continent which shows the greatest contrasts of structural inequality. In several countries, adjustment policies are being implemented which respond to the new international financial architecture and do not to the needs of the people. Governments should give priority to policy values, with decent work and sustainable development with social inclusion. What kind of political strength do we have as workers to be able to bring about a fairer world? From the region we demand that in the political agendas include the needs of workers, because only in this way, giving response to unemployment and poverty can be guaranteed social peace. In our country, the economic measures that have been implemented which involve excessive increases in essential services which have meant a major drop in the purchasing power of our salaries, and the cascade of dismissals in the public and private sector, Argentine workers demonstrate that we are not willing to take "one single step backwards" with the massive mobilization of 29 April expressing specific unit in the action of all trade unions. The mobilization was in response to policies away from the interests of workers which want to be imposed in the framework of an international framework that puts the work in the center of adjustment policies. We demand that economic measures being applied by the new Government must be hand in hand with measures in the social labour and productive dimension as well. We have been saying that inflation causes the drop of the purchasing power of salaries and a strong transfer of income. For this reason, it is important to achieve economic stability that defends the real salaries of workers and allows the productive development of the country. We need a State with a leading role, to encourage a total development of structural and productive economy and recreating the internal market in defense of the national industry. We need companies that can be focused on the individual and committed to building up a country which is fairer and more equitable. We insist on the need for a Council for economic and social development as an institutional tool for the discussion of public policies to put an end to the informality and structural poverty. I want to stress that in October 2017 Argentina will host the IV World Conference against child labour. The Trade Union Movement reaffirms its commitment to achieve progress and develop guidelines for the prevention and eradication of child labour all around the world. The trade union movement must be united and strengthened in order to defend their rights and bring about a fairer world with social justice for everybody. Thank you.-
UOCRA adhered its support to the initiative of Building and Wood Workers' International - BWI which, in the framework of the International Labour Organization (ILO) 105th Annual Conference held a protest against the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) at the United Nations Square in Geneva, Switzerland, in order to denounce the bad labor practices against workers in the construction of stadiums and infrastructure for the World Cup to be held in Qatar. BWI and its affiliates, including UOCRA, reported breach of the fundamental rights of workers, slave work and trafficking of people. Also, they demanded FIFA and organizing countries of the World Cup to respect and uphold the rights of workers by construction companies and all those who in one way or another, are linked to the millionaire soccer business without complying with the conditions of decent work that protect workers.
"Argentines cannot be so irresponsible of trying to use the Pope’s speech to take advantage of any kind", said Gerardo Martínez
What does it mean for the Argentine trade union movement having a Pope from the country who speaks about terms such as "dignity of work" or "social inclusion"? It is a great pleasure since he shares with the trade union movement the same values and common objectives, which are linked to the concepts that the Argentine trade union leadership has always represented and defended. The dignity of labour and social inclusion are not only two of the flags that the Argentine labor movement professes and claims, but it also part of core of the so-called Social Doctrine of the Church, which Argentine unions earnestly adhere. What is the relationship that keeps the Argentine Trade Unions with him, now that he became a Pope? There are some differences in terms of form which are logical and have to do with formal and institutional aspects that his current endowment requires. However, in the personal treatment with those Union leaders who had the opportunity to share some meetings with him, having already become a Pope, he showed us the same humility, warmth, social sensitivity and political insight he always had. The Pope has place much emphasis on encouraging and promoting social movements, most of them organized outside the traditional trade unions. Can that be criticism to the historical trade unionism or a confirmation to their limits? I don't think so. Pope Francis promotes agreement and consensus among those sectors which either from the trade union movement, social organizations or political positions, share as a common goal the defence of social justice, inclusion, the culture of work, equal opportunities, access for all social sectors to decent levels of quality of life. Under these common premises, regardless ideological or methodological positions, he respects and recognizes those who work and strive for common goals: eradication of poverty or globalization of social justice. Pope Francis is constantly calling those who have social responsibilities to dialogue and cooperation. Couldn’t be his message a chance to overcome the divisions of Argentine Trade Unions? Certainly it is. And that is how most of trade unionists understand so. In fact, from Argentine General Confederation of Labour CGT RA, we are currently carrying out a process of Trade Union Unity which enjoys wide support. On the recent Labor Day, all sectors with trade union representation in the country agreed in a joint event. That was an unprecedented and historical fact, something that shows that, beyond logical differences that may exist, the defence of workers’ rights unifies and promotes a threshold of strategic consensus that are above the contextual differences that may exist. In a meeting that several Argentine trade unionists, had with the Pope back in 2013, Francis asked "responsibility of achieving peace" in the country. Do you still feel that call as a current call? It is true and holds absolute validity. Argentine society is paving a path towards peace, understood as the exercise of consensus and dissension of any kind, under the premise of respect for each other and their ideas. We have matured as a society, and leaders, those who have that responsibility, as well. From the trade union management we encourage, for example, the creation of a Council for Economic and Social Development, where the Government, Business and Trade Union representatives take part. Which should be the main objective? The commissioning of a tripartite space for debate where the needs of each sector be considered and argued to reach political consensus aimed at the common good. That would be a great step to ensure social peace, for example. The economic and social situation in Argentina is not going through a good period. You have reported layoffs and it seems discomfort is growing in several sectors, do you think that the Pope envisaged that situation when he had that detached audience with President Mauricio Macri? Truly I don't know and, out of respect for the investiture of the Pope and Mr. President Macri, it would be an inappropriate encroachment to comment in this regard. What is absolutely certain is that Pope Francis is very sensitive to workers situation and the most vulnerable sectors of society, both in Argentina and around the world. Nowadays, Argentina undergoes a situation of political and economic transition that is strongly affecting the middle and lower classes. That's why, from my point of view, we are calling on the current Government to ensure a fair transition: looking after employment, the purchasing power of salaries and quality of life. Where could the country's situation move towards? Could their concerns reach the Vatican or it is better to "leave Pope Francis alone" as some people suggest? The Pope has shown his interest and concern about the political and social situation of Argentina with the present and the previous Government. That does not mean that his attitude is intrusive and, by no means, he enables the political use of what he represents by any sector in my country. We have to be responsible and understand that Pope Francis has international relevance and the depth of his message is not only for Argentina, but for all around the world. Argentines cannot be so irresponsible of trying to use his speech to take advantage of any kind. Pope Francis should be considered for the huge transformation that is carrying out in the Catholic Church worldwide, achievements such as a rapprochement between the United States and Cuba, for his work in defense of the exiles in Europe, his intervention in the Middle East conflict, his strong belief to fight drug trafficking. Francis is the Pope for everyone, not only for Argentine people, although we are so proud for his representativeness. ANDRÉS BELTRAMO ÁLVAREZ VATICAN CITY