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.
Gerardo Martinez, UOCRA General Secretary, closed the Workshop for Trade Union delegates that took place in the UOCRA Hotel of La Cumbre, in the presence of over 300 colleagues from UOCRA Capital, Buenos Aires Northern Area, Córdoba, Santa Fe, Rosario, Río Cuarto, Río Tercero and Villa Maria and their own General Secretaries. During the first day of the working plan it was dealt with the occupational health and safety issue, specially focused on the activities represented among the participants. Note the participation of workers from concrete batching companies which provided specificity for Trade Union action at workplace, as well as the general considerations common to all other activities represented. Then, it was dealt with issues related to the scope of collective bargaining and the interpretation of the conventional terms of the collective bargaining agreement 76/75 and sectorial. During the workshop, and usually covering the aspects specified in the morning and relate them to the international level, it was proposed to develop the concept of decent work and its dimensions, from the ILO perspective. This last work package ended in a practical exercise using the concepts revised during the different packages. It should be noted that an active monitoring of the fellow participants of the meeting, evidenced by the active collaboration in their speeches, contributions and questions to the speakers was observed in thematic work packages. It was thus as a simulation of a collective bargaining of a clause on Occupational Health and Safety between workers and employers was carried out by participants playing different roles. Acquisition of knowledge and resources in negotiating, active participation of the "joint committees" as from the rest of the attendees who actively followed-up discussions were observed in all groups. Performances offered a lot of material for facilitators who provided feedback to participants. Gerardo Martínez stressed the need to intensify the path of Union training for better representation as well as the need to move forward to rank workers - improving the social-labour conditions and strengthen the UOCRA with more and more trade union and solidarity action.
Meeting of Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) Youth Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean was held at UOCRA headquarters led by Regional President Gerardo Martinez. Meeting objectives were aimed at developing a working plan towards the next BWI Regional Committee meeting that will be held in Chile by 2015 and strengthening a BWI Regional Youth structure in Latin America and the Caribbean. Within this framework, a wide range of proposals, experiences and strategies for Youth Decent Work Campaigns in the region and the definition of priorities, actions to be taken and the follow-up, through the commitment of the young union leaders of the region.
Ongoing actions within the framework of the Programme Recycling Waste at Works in the works “;Events & Convention Center”
Within the framework of the Programme Recycling Waste at Works, we continue with training and awareness actions for workers in the works “;Events & Convention Center”, located in the City of Buenos Aires. At the same time we continue with the Stage of the different types of waste collection and separation at source, allowing later removal according to previous classification: organic waste (Peel fruit, yerba mate, food leftovers and others) and recyclable waste (wood, plastics, glass and others) We highlight the joint work and the ongoing collaboration of UOCRA Delegates and CRIBA Company, for the purpose of improving the conditions and working environment and thus improve the quality of life of building workers
Ongoing training actions on occupational health and safety in the framework of Agreement by UOCRA and SRT in the Capital City of Salta
Within the framework of the Cooperative Agreement entered by Superintendency of Occupational Risks [SRT] 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 was held a training course for Delegates on 21 October 2014 in the Capital City of Salta. During the training course the following contents were developed: • Occupational Health and Safety. Argentine Regulation an Occupational Risks System. • Prevention of Accidents caused by footsteps, knocks or bumps caused by objects • Prevention of Accidents caused by overexertion • Prevention of Accidents caused by falls of persons and objects • Occupational Accidents Statistics in the building industry and other contents related to working conditions. The aim of this programme is permanent training to improve the Working Conditions and Environment, defend workers’ rights in compliance with current standards of occupational health and safety by the employers. Organization and invitations for training sessions were made by UOCRA – Salta where over 20 delegates from different works around this City, participated at UOCRA headquarters in the City of Salta.
In order to strengthen communication and for the purpose of compliance with standards of health and safety, more actions of campaign " This is the way to Work " are carried out at UOCRA works
Within the framework of Works’ Inspection actions through the UOCRA Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) and the campaign "This is the way to Work" we displayed new posters that are intended to spread and to know the conditions and number of bathrooms, changing rooms, dining room and kitchen space in the works; according to the number of workers, under the motto “;Decent Work – Decent Working Conditions”. These Communication & Information Dissemination actions are carried out together with UOCRA Capital. Likewise, we continue with the delivery of brochures of awareness related to the "use of personal protective equipment", "Good Practices for work at height, for work in excavations, electrical and demolition work risk”. This new initiative, which is already being replicated elsewhere in UOCRA, responds to the need to prevent diseases due to lack of proper hygiene conditions in these places. We keep on working to improve working conditions and environment of work on a daily basis, promoting proactive behaviors towards its care and demonstrate through actions we are present.