Yesterday, Pope Francis received the Argentine Delegation representatives before the International Labour Organization (ILO), composed by Mr. Carlos Tomada, the Minister of Labour; , our General Secretary Gerardo Martínez, workers representative and Mr. Daniel Funes de Rioja, the representative of the business sector, who officially invited Pope Francis to participate in the next ILO annual Conference to be held in June. Reasons for the invitation of the Argentine Delegation to the Pope are based on Francis permanent and constant concern regarding the problems of the world of work as the unregistered job, forced labour, job insecurity and respect for labour rights. Francis showed interested in taking part of the upcoming summit of the world's labour and, in this regard, Gerardo Martínez highlighted: "despite the short time, the meeting was pleasant and very deep. We had the impression that Francis will likely attend the next ILO’s meeting. It will much depend on his full schedule of activities. The voice of the Church in such sensitive issues that have to do with the world of work is very important for workers. We agreed on the need to globalize social justice"
Training actions on occupational health and safety together with UOCRA - Río Cuarto for Delegates
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 full training course for Delegates on 26 and 27 March in the City of Río Cuarto, Province of Córdoba. Organization and invitations for training sessions were made by UOCRA – Río Cuarto where over 20 delegates participated at UOCRA headquarters. A Superintendency of Occupational Risks’ Representative attended the second session. The aim of this programme is permanent training to improve the Cymat, defend workers’ rights in compliance with current standards of occupational health and safety by the employers During both training days the following contents were developed: Occupational Health and Safety. Argentine Regulation 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 Prevention of Accidents and Occupational Diseases Comparative Statistics for Accidents at Workplace. The importance of Management levels at Works.
Annual training and awareness actions for the students of the school workshop aimed at reducing accidents working at height and the appropriate use of personal protective equipment. Within the framework of UOCRA Agreement - Directorate of the City Centre of the City of Buenos Aires and through its Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) there were held workshops related to training and awareness actions on 26 March in the premises of Foundation Fundación UOCRA for students who are attending the first Semester of the school workshop. . Topics developed are related to the existing legal framework of health and safety in the building industry, risks and preventive measures for work at height and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate for the tasks to be carried out, to prevent and reduce accidents in the Building Industry Also it was shown the high rates of accidents and looking for improving the quality of life of building workers and their families, for the purposes that the participating students incorporate ideas and knowledge and be able to detect risks, apply preventive methods The aim of this Cooperative Agreement is to disseminate and solve issues related to health and safety at work; more training and greater knowledge that allows us to improve work conditions and environment.
The objective is to enable us to improve working conditions and be prepared to prevent any difficulties arising in a contingency in this type of work through training actions. Within the framework of the activities performed by UOCRA through the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) and UOCRA Capital Branch it was held a fire evacuation drill in the extension works of the Line H City of Buenos Aires underground metro future station located in the intersection of avenues Avenida Pueyrredón and Avenida Las Heras on 21 March. All workers in charge of this extension works, delegates and the presence of the trade delegation of the UOCRA – Capital participated in the drill. This evacuation exercise was organized by the Health and Safety Service of Joint Venture UTE (Unión Transitoria de Empresas) (TECHINT and DYCASA) together with the body of Delegates of the Work and the collaboration of the technical staff Department of UOCRA OSH, which promotes such initiatives as mechanisms of prevention. Conducting this drill allows us to view and correct possible diversions that could be assessed, in preventive exercise; later in the "default meeting point" (at the construction site). Company representatives, building workers and delegates, raised the conclusions and the need to continue working on preventive actions
Training actions on occupational health and safety together with UOCRA – Mendoza for Delegates
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 full training course for Delegates on 19 and 20 March in the City of Mendoza. During both training days the following contents were developed: Occupational Health and Safety. Argentine Regulation The System of Occupational Risks 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 Prevention of Accidents and Occupational Diseases Comparative Statistics for Accidents at Workplace. The importance of Management levels at Works. Organization and invitations for training sessions were made by UOCRA – Mendoza where over 30 delegates participated at UOCRA headquarters. A Superintendency of Occupational Risks’ Representative attended the second session. The aim of this programme is permanent training to improve the Cymat, defend workers’ rights in compliance with standards of occupational health and safety by the employers Delivery of certificates and the closure of the activity were in charge of UOCRA – Mendoza General Secretary, Mr. Fernando Anaya; who expressed appreciation to General Secretary Gerardo Martinez for the work done by UOCRA seeking improvement of working conditions.
From the iconic balcony, with a crowded Saint Peter's Square, as stage in his first appearance as Pope just devoted to the Catholics present there, and before the world through the television channels broadcasting live images, Francisco said: "You know that it was the duty of the Conclave to give Rome a Bishop. It seems that my brother Cardinals have gone to the ends of the earth to get one, but here we are." This phrase, uttered with a surprising naturalness for the moment and with some cheerful tone, causing the smile of the whole audience, encloses a deep content in the logic of reasoning and orientation of the new Pope: his vocation for expressing commitment to representation of the poorest, the most neglected, of those who need it most. Not only from God’s hand. In the hands of those who have the responsibility of guiding the destiny of the world and that, in general, their actions and efforts are aimed at the so-called "central countries" in the international order, forgetting peripheral countries, from the "end of the earth”. Son of a railway worker and a housewife; bearer of an early vocation for the priestly mission and with a demonstrated commitment to workers and the poor, came to the maximum position of the Catholic Church without resigning its principles. Critic of the economic liberalism which left a lot of poor, in a homily of the year 2010, he clearly demonstrated his conviction by ensuring: "it is regrettable that this model will make us forget that the work is more important than capital". Francis started a new path. A huge new responsibility that lies, nothing less than in driving the destiny of Catholic Church worldwide, adapting it to current times, causing changes expected by the vast majority of the Catholics, without losing sight of the essence of the doctrine. He has begun a new chapter in the history of the Church, full of expectations and challenges that, in its first year of Papacy, he has started showing a personal imprint that have already given clear signals of change: "I would like a poor Church and for the poor" he said. And he has already given clear evidence of moving in that regard. He reached that position without resigning its principles or its attributes to build ties of humility, austerity and simplicity. And as Pope, continues along this path, which was built by him as a destination and as an example. Francis, the Pope of the End of the Earth, came to make his commitment and dedication to a huge mission: make the voice of the weak be heard in the ear of the most powerful; Francis, has become a fellow traveler in the defense of our values; an actor in the international scenario, who has managed to reinvent the excluding globalization - as he has expressed - into a globalization with Social Justice. GERARDO MARTINEZ UOCRA GENERAL SECRETARY