UOCRA through the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), participates with professionals in order to improve working conditions in the complex development of the extension works of the Line H City of Buenos Aires underground metro. Technical assistance provided consists of daily technical reports related to occupational health and safety at different sections of this work. These reports are submitted to the body of delegates of the work for further treatment. All actions are coordinated with the Capital branch and the Body of Delegates of the work. When an extreme situation is identified, it is immediately communicated to the delegates in order to speed up the time for the adoption of preventive and corrective measures by the company The main contractor company also has his own coaching staff for Hygiene and Safety at Work and they also articulate actions with delegates and the help of professionals of the UOCRA Department of Health and Safety at Work (OSH). The section of work under construction includes the extension of Corrientes Station to Plaza Francia Station, in the City of Buenos Aires
Meeting with the Coordination Committee and the Monitoring Group of DWCP (Decent Work Country Programme)
Gerardo Martinez (CGTRA) and Daniel Funes de Rioja (UIA), members of the DWCP Coordination Committee together with their working teams and officials of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security (MTESS) who are part of the Monitoring Group of the mentioned National Plan, in its third edition, participated in the meeting chaired by the ILO Director- General, at the first event of his visit to Argentina The meeting was attended by Ms. Cecilia Mackenna Senior Adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean; Director-General Office; Elizabeth Tinocco, ILO Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean; Marcelo Castro Fox ILO Office Director in Argentina, and ILO Argentina Office Support Group. Guy Ryder stressed the importance of the Third Decent Work Agenda of Argentina signed in July 2012, as a process of consolidation of the national social dialogue, highlighting the active participation of the social actors in the debate and the DWCP design, in terms of the challenges, with actions and strategies for the whole country, focusing on the quality of employment, fight against the unregistered jobs, against child labour and forced labour; the universal extension of social protection and occupational health and safety, as well as the generation of specific actions for the youth, immigrants and the elderly. Argentina's experience in the elaboration of the DWCP, described by the Monitoring Group was highlighted by the speeches of Gerardo Martinez and Daniel Funes de Rioja, who highlighted the involvement of workers in the development of the program. Argentina and Lima ILO Offices’ joint action generates the conditions to allow the debate and tripartite consensus in our country and the need for sharing the practice of social dialogue implemented in the Third Decent Work Agenda of Argentina with our fraternal countries in our region.
In the context of the integral plan of job promotion: "Más Cerca: Más municipio, Mejor país, Más patria" ("Being Closer: More Municipalities, a Better Country, More Homeland")
The Plan of Promotion and Qualification for the Building Industry was entered in the presence of the Argentina's President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner; Gerardo Martínez, UOCRA General Secretary; members of the national cabinet and Governors of the 14 provinces covered by this agreement at the Bicentennial Women Hall of the Government House. During the ceremony, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, announced the construction of "16.689 housing solutions, of which 13.197 are new homes". In addition, the agreement for the Monitoring Committee of the Integral Plan of Promotion was signed. The housing works announced by the President are developed within the framework of the government Plan "Más Cerca: Más municipio, Mejor país, Más patria" and covers 160 municipalities in 14 provinces, which will involve more than 25,000 jobs in our industry During the ceremony, the Head of State said that "we must continue to maintain sources of work, adding value" and assured that "the national Government will invest more than AR$ 2,624 million in the execution of over 16,000 housing solutions whose works an important multiplier effect across the economy." By the end of her speech, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner called to go on "laying one brick every day to the construction of this Argentina that belongs to everybody. I am only the President, I ask you to help me to continue building up" and called for "further progress in the process of re-industrialization of the country".
Organized by the UOCRA, twenty thousand building workers with their families enjoyed at Parque de la Costa
Organized by the Building Workers Union (UOCRA) and with the collaboration of the municipality of Tigre, Parque de la Costa opened its doors to receive twenty thousand building workers, who enjoyed a day full of fun, with free games for adults and children. Popular culture also had its place in this event, since Antonio Tarragó Ros, “;Los de Siempre”, the Musician workes “;Musiqueros”, ballet UOCRA and humorist Rudy Chernicoff were present with their art at the Park Amphitheatre Our General Secretary, Gerardo Martínez, accompanied by the Mayor of Tigre, Sergio Massa, spoke to building workers and their families highlighting the UOCRA commitment with the country's growth and a better quality of life for their workers: "as usual, give them a message of peace, of love, of passion for what we do and we represent. Because we want a different Argentina, where we have decent salaries, without unemployment or poverty. We respond to this great commitment to build a different country and continue to grow as an institution and as leaders." Massa, meanwhile, stressed the importance of the building workers task in the work of the UOCRA and its General Secretary, Gerardo Martínez: "The UOCRA has grown and has become a model institution in terms of representation and defense of the building workers’ rights." Today we opened the doors of our House to receive building workers and their families. "Thank you for giving us the possibility of sharing this with you and Gerardo Martínez, a unique leader who has succeeded in building an industry and services for workers". A laser dancing water show and fireworks crowned the closure of an unforgettable journey for building workers.
Works survey activities were carried out during the days 9, 10, 11 and 12 October in the city of Rosario and within the framework of actions taken by the Argentine Building Workers Union; through the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), together with the Statistical Institute of the Building industry [IERIC] These actions were performed together and with the support of UOCRA Rosario and with the IERIC delegation of the same city. The aim is to collect and report the conditions and workplace environment to the Responsible Local Authority, including the data of workers in order to check IERIC registration. These joint actions allow us to focus and report breaches to the CyMAT and comply with law 22250. Brochures of preventive actions were handed out so as to reduce the rates of accidents of our industry.
The Argentine Building Workers Union (UOCRA) participated in the activities organized within the framework of the Regional Committee meeting of the Building and Wood Workers’ International – BWI- for Latin America and the Caribbean, from 06 to 10 October, 2012 in the city of Montevideo, Uruguay, which was attended by the BWI highest authorities, its President, Mr. Klaus Wiesehügel and its Secretary General, Mr. Albert Yuson. Activities of Regional Committee of the Building and Wood Workers’ International – BWI- for Latin America and the Caribbean were chaired by the UOCRA General Secretary and President of the Regional Committee, Gerardo Martínez were as follows: The Regional Women's Committee headed by Ms.President. Marta Pujadas, together with BWI representatives and affiliated unions, met due to the Women's Conference: "Better Trade Unions, More Equity" and agreed strategies and actions in the face of the Strategic Plan 2010-2013 under its review towards the next 4 years. The UOCRA also participated in the Seminar Organizing Trade Unions in Multinational Enterprises, where the different solutions that may arise to confront the forms of labour of multinational enterprises that are installed in the region, the anti-Union actions developed and strong policies for the reduction of labour rights of workers were exposed. Also it was strengthened the possibility to continue working on the creation of networks for the purposes of keeping track of these companies and to display and to counteract their anti-social policies. Likewise, actions on the strengthening of the trade union networks in the region, on migrant workers and on new legislation and national policies were agreed. Regional Seminar on Occupational Health: the UOCRA was also present, through the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), together with leaders of the various Building Workers Unions from Latin America and the Caribbean affiliated to BWI. The objectives of the activity were related to the impact of occupational health on membership campaigns, proposals for the improvement of trade union delegates, among other actions. The official delegation of the BWI Regional Committee met Mr. President of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay José Mujica and dealt with issues related to the political situation in Latin America and the Caribbean and the impact on the regional economies of the building industry. Finally, activities culminated in the meeting of the BWI Regional Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean, chaired by Mr. Gerardo Martínez, who stressed the importance that the trade union movement has a stronger unified voice to discuss labor issues in the region against the new political structures and the current international scenario