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.
A day of training was held on Working Conditions in the building industry and road works aimed at delegates and building workers.
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 on Working Conditions in the civil construction and road works on 25 August. The contents that were developed at the Conference were issues related safety measures in the works at height, excavations and demolitions and to road works, taking into account the different signaling systems and the various PPE used in these tasks. Over 60 people from Curuzú Cuatiá and other towns in the Province have taken part in the training.
Priest Jose Maria Di Paola, better known as Father Pepe, essential referent for the so-called "slum priests" and protagonist of a brilliant task linked to the social, educational, labour insertion and of prevention and fight against Addictions in the most vulnerable sectors of our society, visited UOCRA and met our General Secretary Gerardo Martinez.
The meeting was attended by members of our technical-professional team that develops the Programme on Prevention of Risk Consumption of Alcohol and Other Psychotoxic Substances, aimed at the training of our work delegates on this problem, which affects our society and impacts on the world of work. At the meeting, Gerardo Martinez described how UOCRA Social Network is composed, features and objectives of the several institutions that make it up and emphasized on the importance our trade union gives to the programme on prevention of addiction carried out by UOCRA. Father Pepe highlighted the political decision and commitment of UOCRA against this social problem and praised the work methodology that our Union launched through the prevention programme: "For me it is an excellent idea the training for works delegates in the task of prevention of addictions. Delegates know as nobody else experiences of co-workers, have a leadership, communicate with a common language and have a direct connection. "We implemented a similar format of work with a program called Positive Leaders." In the framework of this meeting, Gerardo Martinez and Father Pepe agreed to develop joint actions related to this theme as well as training actions in the future.
Within the framework of the "Programme on the Prevention of Risk Consumption of Alcohol and Other Psychotoxic Substances” fostered by UOCRA General Secretary Gerardo Martinez, training courses for works delegates continued, this time in the cities of Bahía Blanca and Posadas.
At Bahía Blanca, the course was conducted by Lic Claudio Mate Rothgerber, of proven experience in the field, who talked about Prevention of Occupational Accidents related to the Consumption of Alcohol and Other Substances. Humberto Monteros, UOCRA Bahía Blanca General Secretary, as well as Deputy Secretaries from UOCRA Azul, Las Flores, Patagones, Tres Arroyos and Olavarría participated in the training session. On the other hand, in Posadas, in the presence of UOCRA Posadas General Secretary Héctor Vallejos; the Minister of Health of the Province of Misiones, Dr. Oscar Herrera Ahuad and the OSPECON-Construir Salud (Health Insurance for the Building Workers) Medical Director Dr. Carlos Espelt, among others, the central axis of speeches were aimed at the Prevention and Detection of Addictions at Work and School. Comprehensive approach to the teenager. In both cities, representatives of the Argentinean Chamber of the Building Industry [CAC], as well as various NGO's, Caritas, medical college and other institutions interested in this problem, participated in the training course. Content of this course aims to raise awareness and provide educational tools to delegates, so that they can effectively perform a first approach to this type of issues at the workplace, as well as interact with different social organizations dealing with this issue. Another central objective of talks aims to raise awareness about the danger of consumption of Psychotoxic Substances at workplace. Our ultimate goal is to achieve a better task of prevention and early detection, as well as the comprehensive health prevention of our building workers and the whole society.