At UOCRA headquarters, the Argentine General Confederation of Labour (CGTRA), represented by its Foreign Affairs Secretary Mr. Gerardo Martínez, signed an agreement with the National University Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) represented by its Rector Aníbal Jozami, for mutual cooperation in the field of migration in the world of work. In practical and operational terms, understanding aims to advance in the development of training actions and technical and academic complementation between the institutions on the specific issue. In the same vein, the Argentine General Confederation of Labour (CGTRA) and the National University Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) signed a specific agreement with the International Organization for migration, represented by its Regional Director, Diego Beltrand, and the National Directorate of migration, represented by its Director, Martin Augusto Arias Duval. From the initialed agreement, participating institutions committed themselves to develop the workshop "Current Migrations in the Republic of Argentina: policy, impact and perception", with the objective of training and raise awareness on migration issues to CGT RA union delegates, through the respective Secretariats. During the ceremony, it was also presented the book "Labour Migration in the Building Industry: comparative analysis of migrant labor in the building industry in the Republic of Argentina 2001 - 2011", in the presence of authors Mr. Lelio Mármora, Director of the Policy Institute of Migration Policies and Asylum that framed the work between academic and the Trade Union world and the progress in the articulation and coordination of joint actions. The publication, through Aulas y Andamios publisher belonging to Foundation Fundación UOCRA, seeks a deep approach into the phenomenon of the inclusion of migrants in two different socio-economic contexts. By way of conclusion, the CGT Foreign Affairs Secretary, Gerardo Martínez, said: "from the trade union movement we want to outline a joint strategy to incorporate workers around the world and for this reason, we need logistic, professional, academic and institutional support".
Within the framework of campaigns "25kg..." No more" and 28 April with the slogan "A DEATH A STRIKE"; the Building and Wood Workers' International - BWI and the UOCRA organized, within the Programme LOCTO, a sub-regional meeting at UOCRA headquarters, in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Union leaders of building trade unions of Brazil and building unions of Argentina (FOCRA, SOCAMGLYP, UECARA and UOCRA) with an opening panel composed of Nilton Freitas. BWI Regional Representative, Victor Brandan, UOCRA Foreign Affairs Secretary and BWI Senior Member and Marta Pujadas as President of the BWI Regional Women's Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean participated in the meeting. Issues related to healthcare and life of workers were discussed during the meeting, highlighting the progress of Trade Union actions at national level related to the reduction of weight of the cement bag to 25 kg and its impact on occupational diseases and the quality of life of workers in the sector; sub regional and regional actions, also agreed to continue with the fulfilment of the campaign objectives. Strengthening the commitment of our Trade Union, our General Secretary and BWI Regional President of the Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean, Gerardo Martinez was present in the development of the meeting. He spoke about the importance of trade unions participation in the different areas where it is dealt with occupational health policies, highlighting the vital role of our Professional Secretariat in the exchange of information and the dissemination and awareness of the tasks carried out by several trade unions. He referred to the fight against addictions at workplace and finally he expressed his support for the continuity of the Trade Union solidarity and the unity of the trade union movement.
Training actions on health and safety together with UOCRA San Juan for delegates
Within the framework of the National Training Programme on Health and Safety of the Building Workers Union (UOCRA) through the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) it was held a Training Course for UOCRA San Juan Delegates on 2 September. 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. During the training course 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 Organization and invitations for training sessions were made by UOCRA –San Juan where over 20 delegates participated, mostly young delegates. Training sessions took place at CGT - San Juan.
Survey actions, dissemination and awareness of working conditions in the works of the Housing Plan "Santa Catalina" carried out in the province of Corrientes, within the framework of the Programme PRO.CRE.AR
Within the framework of the Programme on Management and Work’s Inspection UOCRA and the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), together with UOCRA Corrientes carried out survey actions in the works of Housing Plan "Santa Catalina" located at nearby Capital City of the Province of Corrientes. These surveys are aimed at early detection of any breach related to inappropriate working conditions and environment. About 1,000 building workers are working in this Plan in charge of tasks of civil works (masonry, excavations, concrete and electricity) applied to one, two or three-storey houses. Activities were carried out between Union teams of UOCRA Corrientes and UOCRA technical teams belonging to Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH); with the aim of early detection of occupational hazards and the contemporary preventive action for the reduction of accidents in our industry.
During September, UOCRA Culture Programme presents the “;Cycle of Popular Music and Dance” a proposal coordinated by the well-known director Rubén Suáres. This cycle co-produced with Universidad Nacional de las Artes (UNA) (National University of Arts), combines popular artistic expression and can be seen on September Fridays in Theatre "Gastón Barral" The plays that will be presented are: "La vuelta de U" (U turn) and "Varelita y la fórmula secreta" (Varelita and the secret formula). The first is integrated by a prominent cast and directed by Andrés Bazzalo. The second is a children's play by Leo Basso and Lucas Varela, who both directs and performs.
Within the framework of UOCRA WOMEN Programme together with the UOCRA Social Network, it was held the 6th Workshop on Occupational Safety and Health from Gender Perspective at UOCRA headquarters. This activity was attended by women workers from different UOCRA sections, among them, Buenos Aires Capital City, Avellaneda, Monte Grande, Moreno, San Martín, San Justo and the Northern Section. Training Course Objectives are: - Strengthen the actions of the UOCRA Women Programme - Know and apply our Collective Bargaining Agreement 76/75. - Know and apply Act 22250 and implementation of Act 20744 as complementary. - Work together with UOCRA Social network in the implementation of the Programme against addictions and other substances. - Train in preventive Actions for the different tasks of the building industry - Improve working conditions at workplace (Cymat). Women participation in our activity and new contents to address this singular issue which they are involved in, generated debates among the attendees who you have participated in search of the labor issues resolutions incorporating gender perspective. Highlighting the commitment of our Trade Union, our General Secretary Gerardo Martinez was present in the development of the workshop. He spoke about the importance of women participation in our Union and the work carried out by the UOCRA in its different areas, exchanging opinions with the participation of women workers on the issue of women workers in the works and the important work with delegates.