Works survey activities were carried out by the Argentine Building Workers Union UOCRA; through the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), together with UOCR Province of Corrientes, within the framework of activities of Programme of Works’ Inspection and Management These activities were performed on 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 May with the aim of early detection of any breach related to unregistered workers or inappropriate working conditions (CyMAT) according to the plan, works surveys were reported in joint action with the IERIC Actions were carried out by UOCRA Corrientes management in the Capital City. The main inspection actions were carried out in the Works of the multifunctional-storey complex for apartments and offices where it may be found labour risks inherent to this activity Trade Union action, within the framework of Act 23551, allows us to raise awareness and incorporate Working Conditions and Environment (Cymat) improvement and also report those companies which do not comply with Occupational Safety and Health regulations.
The agreement between the trade union and the business sector closed at a rate of 24 percent to be paid in two installments: 18% in June and 6% in September, in addition to two non-remunerative lump sums for all the categories included in the building industry governing agreement the, which apportioned represents a 24.8% salary raise. The agreement was signed at Casa Rosada (Government House) in the presence of Mrs. President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner: UOCRA General Secretary Gerardo Martínez; Cabinet Chief, Juan Manuel Abal Medina; Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security of Argentina, Carlos Tomada and the President of the Argentinean Chamber of the Building Industry Gustavo Weiss. "We are satisfied because we maintain real salaries which sustain demand in the activity," said Gerardo Martínez. This agreement includes around 450,000 building workers throughout the country, because it is the industrial trade union with the largest number of registered workers in Argentina.
Within the framework of the Program of UOCRA actions through its Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) and the Constructions Department of "Otto Krause" Technical School Number 1 in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires were held two technical workshops on 20 May in the same school. We highlight the support and active participation of School Authorities, the Constructions Department and 4th year students. Actions are aimed at raising awareness about labour risks and safety and prevention measures in works at height and the use of personal protection equipment in different activities of our industry, for those students will be the future of our building industry in different labour categories. By means of information dissemination and raising awareness we will achieve the accident rates drop in the building industry.
The experience of volunteers trained by the Foundation Fundación UOCRA who performed repair and maintenance tasks in the Antarctica
Official launch of documentary BUILDING AT SUBZERO TEMPERATURES, a co-production organized by the labour portfolio, the Foundation Fundación UOCRA, Construir TV Channel and the National Directorate of the Antarctic took place in the Auditorium Islas Malvinas, venue of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security of Argentina, in the presence of Carlos Tomada, Minister of Labour; Lic. Enrique Deibe, Labour Secretary and our General Secretary Mr. Gerardo Martínez. The documentary that will be on Construir Salud Channel from Friday 14 June at 9 pm (chapters 1 and 2) and on 28 June (chapters 3 and 4) shows the experience of 4 volunteers trained by the Foundation Fundación UOCRA within the framework of The Continuous Training Programme carried out together with the Ministry of Labour and this time, in joint action with the National Directorate of the Antarctic. Volunteers attended Carlini-Antarctic station and performed repair and maintenance tasks. Minister Tomada stressed the "importance of specific training for these four workers through two of UOCRA training centers, who have quality certification and that through this action, provided comprehensive samples of such quality. He added that: "the quality and ranking of Argentine labor force is a distinctive element in addition to disinterested collaboration of these workers, will you add to that, we can ensure that they have truly flown the Flag with this work. Gerardo Martínez, during his speech, stressed that “;more than 150,000 workers have been trained and incorporated by Foundation Fundación UOCRA and got professional qualifications that improved their employability." Mr. Martinez added that "it is highly important guarantee good management of resources so that workers can be trained and achieve a better job training" and thanked the continuous Ministry cooperation in this regard and ensure that "to carry this out, thepolitical decision of the Ministry to accompany these actions is vital, since without the presence of the State, there is no Nation”.
Within the framework of the Programme of Works’ Inspection and Management, joint inspection actions were 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]•and UOCRA Rosario. These comprehensive joint actions were carried out on 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 May with the aim of early detection of any breach related to unregistered workers or inappropriate working conditions and environment Actions were carried out by UOCRA Rosario Management. The main inspection actions were carried out in the Civil Works and gated communities of the City of Rosario and its surrounding areas. Trade Union action, within the framework of Act 23551, allows us to raise awareness and incorporate Working Conditions and Environment (Cymat) improvement and also report those companies which do not fulfill Occupational Safety and Health regulations.
This week it has just been released 2 new publications of UOCRA and the Department of Occupational Safety and Health. One of them deals with the problem of the "Professional Diseases in the Building Industry", covering a broad range of aspects from the definition of professional disease to several considerations related to prevention. Here you can also read the first results of the National Survey on the Perception of Occupational Diseases in Building Workers carried out by UOCRA in numerous cities and works located in the Republic of Argentina. The ILO promoted the approach of Occupational Diseases on the occasion of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2013, this work was prepared with that aim. Another publication deals with the treatment of the “;Occupational Safety and Health from the Gender Perspective" by addressing the subject of equality in a so significant area as the building industry is and highlighting valuable background, there is also a professional approach on various aspects of occupational health during woman pregnancy. Besides, accuracies of health and safety, and the impact and risks of our industry on occupational women’s health, are tackled.