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 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 near the 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 400 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) Trade Union action, within the framework of Act 23551, allows us to raise awareness and incorporate Working Conditions and Environment improvement through union actions and technical support.
New Training actions were carried out within the framework of the Training Agreement among the SRT, CAMARCO and UOCRA aimed at building companies of high accident rate in the Cities of Río Segundo, Buenos Aires and Rosario.
Within the framework of the Cooperative Agreement entered by Superintendency of Occupational Risks [SRT], Argentinean Chamber of the Building Industry (CAMARCO) and the Building Workers Union (UOCRA) through the National Union Training Programme on Health and Safety through Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), there were carried out training actions for workers under Bargaining Agreement CCT 76/75 and others for building workers technicians included in SRT Resolutions 559/09 and 1642/09 Actions were developed in the Cities of Buenos Aires, Rosario and Río Segundo in the Province of Córdoba together with UOCRA Rosario, Villa Maria and Buenos Aires Capital City. Over 60 workers, delegates and technicians of building companies of high accident rate were trained. Through these actions, the Tripartite training Programme (SRT – CAMARCO and UOCRA) seeks early detection, control and/or reduction of occupational risks of the different activities in different types of works and team work to improve working conditions in our industry.
The first stage of the Programme on the "Prevention of Risk Consumption of Alcohol and Other Psychotoxic Substances" organized by UOCRA and the National Ministry of Health was completed. It was aimed at works delegates from Capital Federal and the Northern area of Greater Buenos Aires of our Trade Union. In the presence of Gerardo Martinez, UOCRA General Secretary; Rubén Pronotti and Osvaldo Rodriguez, General Secretaries of the organizing sectionals; María Victoria Villa, Head of UOCRA Institute, and representatives of the Directorate of Mental Health and addictions of National Ministry of Health, there were delivered corresponding certificates at the closure of the Programme. The Programme which aims to provide educational tools to delegates, so that they can effectively perform a first approach to this type of issues at the workplace, contributing to facilitate the required containment to affected workers and their families, and promoting their referral to specific health care services, contributing to treatment and strengthening of family social and labour ties of eventually affected workers, was attended by 63 delegates. Gerardo Martínez stressed the importance of training for our delegates in addressing these issues, incorporated into a complementary Union training project, providing tools that work together to achieve a better task of prevention and early detection of these consumption risk, as well as the comprehensive health prevention of our building workers.
Building Workers Union (UOCRA) as Argentine General Confederation of Labour (CGT RA) representative, participated in the debate on trade unionism and communication held within the framework of Meeting for Union Communication Representatives organized by the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) in Lima, Peru.
The meeting gathered representatives of TUCA, CGT (Argentina), Autonomous CTA (Argentina), International Federation of Journalists (IFJ Argentina), CUT (Brazil), UGT (Brazil), CUT (Chile), CGT (Colombia), CGTP (Panama), CUT (Peru) and CAT (Peru), who exchanged viewpoints concerning the characteristics that the communication strategy of trade union organizations must assume in the current global context. In this regard the delegation of Argentina CGT intervened in debate through UOCRA representatives, Gustavo Gándara and Ricardo Caamaño, who shared experiences and provided strategies during the meeting. In this way, Gustavo Gándara, executive director of UOCRA Foundation, stressed the importance of thinking communication policy of trade union organizations considering "A communication policy must be designed according to the groups to which the trade union movement must include, among them the most important thing is the average young, thinking policies together and for young people," said Gustavo Gándara Moreover, Ricardo Caamaño, UOCRA Press Representative, pointed out as significant fact having own communication tools that take the challenge of "reaching out to the society as a whole". In that sense, Caamaño presented the communication proposal of Construir TV, UOCRA TV channel and the UOCRA Social Network. Construir TV is an initiative of Gerardo Martínez, UOCRA General Secretary, that was born in the light of Law on Audiovisual Media Services, and which is now on the channel lists of Argentina Digital Television. The channel seeks to express the real life of the building worker through its TV programmes: their achievements, desires, background, concerns, reality, cultural creation, and even family life, that is all those dimensions that are not clearly depicted in the mass media.
Within the framework of the 42nd Technical Committee Meeting of ILO/Cinterfor, which was carried out between 13 and 15 May 2015 in Buenos Aires, the Group of Workers from Latin America and the Caribbean - concerned about the need to promote the participation of the trade union movement in the discussion, design and implementation of training policies and actions- set the Declaration on Trade Union perspectives on education, Union training and professional training into consideration of the representatives of workers from over a dozen countries. The statement is about the relationship between Education and Work with a more comprehensive approach, which includes the four strategic axes of decent work. It also shows the need for education and training be comprehensive and lifelong, integrating formal education and professional, Trade Union and for citizenship training. The statement expresses the need to address the context of the relationship between education and work under the concept of sustainable and human development so that the principles of equality, equity and participation, as well as the values of solidarity and social justice are applied. It is also proposed the promotion of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) normative heritage, which today, more than ever before, we must give it a presence, since it responds to the vision that actors of labour have agreed throughout its history. Countries must have a public professional training system funded with progressive tax policies and with the contribution of the actors of the world of work to facilitate access to all people, highlighting that priorities are to develop strategies in order to include the most disadvantaged groups. This consensual Public Statement had the support and coordination of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) and was introduced in the event by Amanda Villatoro who is the responsible for TUCA educational policies.
At the initiative of the UOCRA General Secretary Gerardo Martínez, Trade Union Training Programme for UOCRA’s Youth was launched in UOCRA Northern Area in Greater Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires City. Reporting activities took place at the headquarters of UOCRA Northern Area in Greater Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires City UOCRA Movement (MUOCRA) Committee Room. Osvaldo Rodríguez, General Secretary of UOCRA Northern Area, and Rubén Pronotti, General Secretary of UOCRA Buenos Aires City participated in these activities. Members of the Trade Union Electoral Board José Luis López, Andrés Rodríguez, Javier Armúa, Cristian Varas, and the Executive Director of Foundation Fundación UOCRA, architect Gustavo Gándara also attended the meetings. Over 50 young people under 25 years, delegates, staff and activists from the trade union organization took part in the two meetings. In the coming months, they will develop, the integral training course aiming to be trained as Union officials for the defence and strengthening of the Trade Union action policies conducted by UOCRA. The training action is systemic in nature and will have official certification of our UOCRA Institute which will provide an added value as professionalization development to our Union officials. Through a video especially designed for this occasion, sent from the ILO Summit in Geneva, UOCRA General Secretary, Gerardo Martínez, celebrated the beginning of the initiative and addressed young people a warm speech. "It is important that the trade union movement has a representative voice of the needs of today and now, and for future generations, and for that reason we need well-trained Union officials", said Martinez.