"THE BUILDING INDUSTRY IS A PILLAR OF GROWTH WITH EQUITY, EMPLOYMENT, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL JUSTICE"
Within the framework of the 62nd Argentinean Chamber of the Building Industry [CAC] Annual Meeting, our General Secretary, Gerardo Martinez participated on behalf of the building workers and shared, together with Mrs. President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner; Engineer. Mauricio Macri, Head of the City of Buenos Aires Government; Minister of Federal Planning, Architect Julio De Vido and a group of national and provincial authorities his current and medium-term view of the activity in our industry, which is the engine of economic activity, development and labour and social insertion. Gerardo Martínez stressed during his speech, the importance of our industry by stating "the building industry is a pillar of growth with equity, employment, economic development and social justice". Also, during his speech he praised the political decision of the Government to consider "public works as a State policy, changing the paradigm of considering infrastructure and housing policies as a productive investment that promotes the development and not as public expense." Martinez added that: "we accompany this political process that placed our industry as the axis of the country's economic recovery process from the very beginning" and added that "from UOCRA we've made fair wages, job formality, training and vocational training and safety and hygiene, inalienable flags that have allowed us to place the concept of decent work as axis and development of our industry".
A photograph of the participation of Foundation Fundación UOCRA student in WorldSkills Leipzig 2013 Germany was chosen to illustrate the cover of the Technical Handbooks of the construction area in view to the upcoming edition of WorldSkills São Paulo 2015. The photo was taken when the contestant was taking part in the competition of hydraulic systems skills. WorldSkills International is an entity composed of institutions from 72 countries that promotes the professional training and asserts the relevance of the technical skill in economic productivity. Its main activity is the organization of WorldSkills competition, whose first edition was held in 1950 and which currently takes place every two years in one of the member countries. The latest edition, the 42 °, was held in 2013 in Leipzig and gathered 1000 young competitors coming from 53 countries who participated in 46 skills, from 7 different productive sectors (from creative arts to construction). The Foundation Fundación UOCRA is the first and only institution of Argentina to participate in WorldSkills International and WorldSkills Americas supported by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security of the Nation.
Training actions aimed at construction companies of high accident rates within Cooperative Agreement entered by SRT and UOCRA
Within the framework of the Cooperative Agreement entered by Superintendency of Occupational Risks [SRT], Argentinean Chamber of the Building Industry (CAMARCÓ) and the Building Workers Union (UOCRA) through the National Union Training Programme on Health and Safety through Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) there were held 3 (three) new training courses on health and safety for workers included in the Collective Bargaining Agreement CCT 76/75, of construction companies that are included in the Resolutions of the SRT 559/09 and 1642/09 due to high accident rates during the last years. These actions included construction companies located in the City of Buenos Aires and in Greater Buenos Aires and over 55 building workers have been already trained at UOCRA headquarters.
UOCRA’S TV Channel Construir TV was awarded twice in the 22nd Edition of Argentine Cable Television Association (ATVC) prizes. Recognition was for Trabajo de Campo (Field Work), Agricultural Affairs type and A Prueba de Ciencia (Science Test), in the educational TV type.
New training actions aimed at construction companies of high accident rates within Cooperative Agreement entered by SRT, CAMARCO and UOCRA began.
Within the framework of the Cooperative Agreement entered by Superintendency of Occupational Risks [SRT], Argentinean Chamber of the Building Industry (CAMARCÓ) and the Building Workers Union (UOCRA) through the National Union Training Programme on Health and Safety through Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)it has begun training activities for workers included in the Collective Bargaining Agreement CCT 76/75, of construction companies that are included in the Resolutions of the SRT 559/09 and 1642/09. Training for foremen, technicians, professionals and managers will be conducted by CAMARCO. Territorial scope of application includes the City of Buenos Aires and the Provinces of Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Córdoba and Santa Fe. These early actions included 3 (three) courses of training in occupational health and safety for construction companies located in the City of Buenos Aires and in Greater Buenos Aires and more than 60 building workers have been already trained.
Within the framework of Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) Activities in Argentina, it was held a meeting among affiliate trade unions from Latin America, the Caribbean and Angola with Techint Company at UOCRA headquarters. Meeting objectives were aimed at analyzing the situation of the company in the different countries of the region, based on achievements made in collective bargaining agreements and developing a proposal with the challenges to achieve within the framework of the social dialogue proposed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), to achieve the social-labour content of decent work. Over thirty-five union leaders of our region were present. Moreover, a Techint company representative, UOCRA professional team and members of the Central Executive Committee who welcomed Victor Brandán, Foreign Affairs Secretary, on behalf of Gerardo Martínez, our General Secretary.