Based on a joint work among UOCRA, the Argentinean Chamber of the Building Industry (CAMARCO), the Superintendency of Occupational Risks [SRT] and the Occupational Risk Insurers Union [UART]) agreed upon and approved Resolution 1642/09 which created the Construction Quadripartite Committee at national level whose purpose was the implementation of a monitoring programme for the 50 construction companies that suffered the highest levels of accident rates in the City of Buenos Aires and the provinces of Córdoba, Mendoza and Santa Fé (Rosario). Due to the implementation of this programme, during year 2014, rates of accidents at work in these 50 companies were significantly reduced in 43.7%. The tasks that allowed us to achieve this reduction in accidents, among others, were: meetings with the companies, Plan of Work submitted by the companies to the SRT, survey by the SRT, accompanied by the Institutions to the most important works and implementation of the Integral Training Programme for workers, technicians, professionals and management audited by the SRT. The reduction of 43.70% in the average accident rate occurred among the selected companies that belonged to the following provinces, reaching a reduction of 45% in the City of Buenos Aires CABA; 42% in the Province of Buenos Aires; 53% in Córdoba; 36% in Mendoza and 39% in Santa Fe. In this regard, the plan focuses on direct actions in the works, like the daily talks with the workers before starting work, tour through the work with those responsible for health and safety, analysis of incidents and accidents by the Method of the Problem Tree and also the preparation of a "Permit of Safe Work" prior to the tasks of: a) excavation; (b) demolition; (c) working at height; and (d) tasks on or in proximity of l medium or high-voltage equipment or networks. Due to the inner characteristics of the industry, the building industry activity presents, in the Argentina and the world, the highest rates of accidents, above the average of other sectors of employment. However and despite they constitute only a part of the universe of companies active in the sector, the actions carried out through this program have enabled us to make an effective follow-up, observe their behaviour and improvement and contribute to improving the general conditions of work in our industry.
Juan Zalazar and other ILO officers stressed the socio-labor improvements in Argentina and praised the implementation of the Smart Card “;I am a Building Worker”
• Geneva, 8 June Télam, special-envoys.- Officials of the International Labour Organization (ILO) today enhanced the improvement of some indicators over the past decade in Argentina and the importance of the country to the region, specially due to its social conquests and for his leadership in the fight against child labour. • The new head of the ILO Country Office in Buenos Aires, the Brazilian Paulo Furtado, said in an interview with Télam that despite high levels of informality registered in all the countries since the 2008 crisis, in the Argentina of the last twelve years "this figure decreased". • "There was a significant increase in registered employment, although informality has been set at 33 percent. Several mechanisms to make progress on this issue, were created although there remains a hard core where it is very complicated to generate formalization, such as rural employment, since organization is still missing in the sector, in the same way that SMEs, where you have to deepen social protection", he said. • Mr. Furtado highlighted that Argentina is "a leading nation in the fight against child labour", although he acknowledged that a part of that scourge still "remains hidden and it is difficult to get to the core". • In this regard, he said that this task is coordinated from the national, provincial and municipal policies which "is not easy because it involves many mechanisms, allocation of income, maternal care services, day care and schools". • "In Argentina, for some time now, there is a process of awareness on the problem of child labour. The country is very well because it has laws, institutions and provincial commitments, even cutting-edge resources and public policies against trafficking in children and people that exist and are really strong and deep. It is only required greater coordination", he said. • The ILO officer, who participates in the 104th Conference in Geneva, pointed out that there are sectors that still "didn't understand that child labor engages productive work" and asserted that the country has "everything to be the first to eradicate it permanently, since the numbers are falling down". • "There is still a hard core that does not see society as a problem because it gets used to. And the exploited themselves sometimes refuse to fail to fulfil these tasks because they have no choice. It is not possible to trivialise the issue. There is always an adult behind child labour. A child in the street is a risk because there are perversities, social pathologies, violence and sexual abuse. But Argentina also has made progress in its Code, by criminalizing the recruitment of child labour," said Furtado. • In addition, he argued for public campaigns on the issue so as "judges and prosecutors understand what it means" and claimed the relationship between the ILO Country Office and the National Registry of Workers and Agricultural Employers (RENATEA) to formalize employment in that sector and to fight against child and forced labour from "a large space of cooperation". • • Meanwhile, the new Regional Director of the Labor Agency for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Costa Rican Juan Salazar, underlined that for the continent "Argentina is a systemically important country by its weight, tradition and great strength". • "Many things were done very well there at the sectoral level" and, at the ILO, there is a feeling of gratitude for the support received during the years of the Argentine Government and its Minister of Labor, Carlos Tomada, since there was "a very important identification of values and ideas", summed up the economist in an interview with Télam. • The officer confirmed that there was "a very strong association" between Argentina and the ILO during these years and said he felt "impressed" during his recent trip to the country, "for what the trade union movement complied with". • Salazar provided as an example the Smart Card which Uocra gives its affiliates, a tool which is considered an avant-garde in systems of occupational registration via internet for the activity, which, in turn, allows employees to raise their working standard and facilitates banking usage. • In this regard, he stressed that with the card the nearly 400,000 Uocra members obtained "status and recognition for their skills". • The director of the Research Department of the tripartite labour body, Raymond Torres, stressed that over the last ten or twelve years the country improved "its situation on certain indicators and unemployment remained at a very reasonable level despite the crisis of 2008," as he said that it also improved "quality of employment, since the rate of informality decreased ". • The economist and head of the ILO team of researchers emphasized, in the interview with Télam, that the decrease in the rate of informality to 33 percent is "something to highlight, because there are not so many countries that have achieved this figure". • The researcher considered that it was based on "labour, social and inspection policies, in collective agreements and a real effort on domestic work which Argentina have been implementing during these years". • Finally, he praised programs of social protection to the most disadvantaged sectors, in particular after "the crisis of 2002, but also 2008, when such tools were used efficiently". 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MR CHAIR: THE FUTURE OF LABOR RIGHT AND OTHER ISSUES ON THIS CONFERENCE HAVE AN UNIQUE IMPORTANCE AGAINST LABOUR RELATIONS THAT ARE COMING AND RAISE A HOSTILE STAGE FOR WORKERS. WORKERS HAVE BEEN OBSERVING NEGATIVE CHANGES TO OUR INTERESTS AND RIGHTS THAT REPRESENT AN A PROGRESSIVE LACK OF LEGITIMATE ASPIRATIONS TO THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT ILO MUST COME BACK TO THE PATH TO ACHIEVE SOCIAL JUSTICE; THAT WAY IT SHOULD CONSIDER THE DIFFERENT REALITIES THAT ARE NOT THE SAME SITUATION IN ASIA, AFRICA, EUROPE AND AMERICA. THAT PROCESSES ARE HISTORICAL, CULTURAL, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DIFFERENCES. SO THIS ILO, MODERN AND INTELLIGENT, MUST TRY TO UNIVERSALIZE AN A SOCIAL JUSTICE, NO DOUBT AT ALL. IN LATIN AMERICA, WE PROMOTE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CAPITAL AND LABOR THAT WE INTEND TO REAFFIRM. THAT’S WHY WE SAY THAT THE SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR US IS MADE WITH FULL FORCE OF THE RIGHTS AND PARTICULARLY WITH STEADY AND PROTECTED EMPLOYMENT. ALL THE PROCESSES OF MODERNIZATION AND TRANSFORMATION WHICH HAVE BEEN INTEND FROM ILO SHOULD NOTE THAT WORKERS OF THE AMERICAS ARE NOT WILLING TO GIVE UP RIGHTS. WE REJECT VIOLENCE AND ANTI UNION PRACTICE IN THE REGION. WE ARE NOT PREPARED TO ACCEPT THAT IN A WORLD WHERE INEQUALITIES HAVE INCREASED JOIN WITH THE CONCENTRATION OF WEALTH, THE ONLY ANSWER WILL BE INCREASE PRECARIOUS WORKING CONDITIONS. THE DIRECTOR OF ILO HAS EXPRESSED IN HIS REPORT, THAT THERE ARE NEW FORMS OF WORK ORGANIZATION THAT CAN BE ACCOMPANIED BY INFORMALITY. AGAINTS THIS PROBLEM, WE WONDER WHAT IS THE COMPREHENSIVE SOCIAL MODEL WE WANT TO BUILD? WE NOTICE CERTANLY TENDENCY TO PROMOTE A SOCIAL MODEL WITH A PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE BETWEEN THE FORMAL LABOR RELATIONS AND INFORMALITY WORKERS CAN NOT BE COMPLACENT WITH INFORMALITY. THERE WON’T BE SOCIAL PEACE WHEN IT HAS PROMOTED INFORMAL WORKING AND VULNERABILITY OF RIGHTS. THE GOAL SHOULD BE ALWAYS THE SOCIAL INCLUSION WITH FULL RIGHTS AND SOCIAL ACHIEVEMENTS IN FULL FORCE. OUR SOCIAL CONTRACT MUST BE INTEGRATED WITH JOB STABILITY; WITH MANDATORY AND CONTRIBUTORY SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM; WITH DECENT WAGES; WITH GREEN JOBS UNDER THE CONCEPT OF TRANSITION FAIR, TO CLAIM TRIPARTISM AND THE NECESSARY ROLE OF THE ILO FOR SHOWING THAT WAY. EVEN MORE, NOWADAYS THAT WE HAVE RECEIVED FROM EMPLOYERS HUGE CLAIMS ABOUT THE RIGHT TO STRIKE AND THE CONVENTION 87 SITUATION, ALL CLAIMS THAT CONTINUE TO BE UNRESOLVED. SINCE 2003, THE ARGENTINIAN GOVERMENT ASSUMED THE POLITICAL DECISION TO FACE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CRISIS WITH STRENGTHENING THE SYSTEM OF GUARANTEES AND RIGHTS FOR WORKERS. THE COLLECTIVE BARGANING HAS IMPROVE, MORE JOBS HAS BEEN CREATED, IT HAS GENERATED GUARANTEED THE FULL FORCE OF RIGHT TO STRIKE AND THE LABOR ISSUE BECAME THE CENTER OF PUBLIC POLICY, WITH A GOVERNMENT THAT ASSUMED THE ROLE OF REGULATOR BETWEEN THE INTERESTS OF CAPITAL AND WORK. WE HAVE AN UNFINISHED BUSINESS: OF COURSE WE STILL HAVE TO ERADICATE INFORMALITY, CONTINUE THE FIGHT AGAINST UNEMPLOYMENT, END POVERTY AND INDIGENCE; DEDUCT WORKERS TAXATION AND STRENGTHEN HEALTH SYSTEM. MR DIRECTOR, ALL THE EMPLOYEES OF MY COUNTRY WILL FOLLOW UP EVERY EFFORT TO IMPROVE AND ENSURE OBSERVANCE OF RIGHTS OF WORKERS WORLDWIDE. ALSO WE WILL ACCOMPANY WOMEN WORKERS AND INFORMAL SECTOR WORKERS TO FIGHT ALL TOGETHER FOR THE RESTITUTION AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THEIR RIGHTS. FOR WORKERS, THE ENFORCEMENT OF OUR RIGHTS IS A POLITICAL OBJECTIVE; NOT ONLY A PART OF LEGAL FRAMEWORK. ALL THE WORKERS HAVE THE DECISION, THE WILL, THE ORGANIZATION AND THE FORCE TO DEFEND RIGHTS AND IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF PEOPLE. WE REAFFIRM THE VALUE OF WORK TO ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT WITH FAIR DISTRIBUTION OF INCOME. THERE WON’T BE A WORLD WITH EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE WITHOUT ENSURING DECENT WORK WITH RIGHTS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
UOCRA Building Workers Union and General Secretary Gerardo Martinez backed, both institutionally and personally, the rally against femicide and gender-based violence gathered in front of the National Congress building in Buenos Aires but also took place throughout the country and abroad. UOCRA Capital delegates and Technical Unionist Equipment members for the Inclusion of Gender of our Union were mobilized to Congress, joining the massive claim that also urged the effective implementation of the Law on Protection of Women. Meanwhile, our General Secretary, Gerardo Martínez, joined and promoted the claim from Geneva, Switzerland - where he participates chairing the Argentine Trade Union Delegation in the 104th Session of the International Labour Conference ILO - the joint backing of Government representatives, enterprises and Argentine workers to this day of claim. In the picture Gerardo Martinez together with Minister of Labour of the Province of Buenos Aires, Dr. Oscar Cuartango, Judicial Workers Union General Secretary, Julio Piumato and representatives of the business sector.
Minister Cuartango provided details of progress on work in the Province of Buenos Aires, in charge of Governor Daniel Scioli. During the meeting, where also participated the Director of Foreign Affairs of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security of our Nation, Julio Rosales; Deputy Minister of Employment of the Province, Luis Antonioli and the Provincial Director of Inspection, Raúl Ferrara; Minister Cuartango presented two labor laws "of successful implementation in the Province": Collective Bargaining of the Municipal Workers; of Joint Committees of Health and Safety at Work. At the same time presented two draft bills: Collective Bargaining for Judicial Workers and appointment of Independent Body in Collective Bargaining. Gerardo Martinez Foreign Affairs Secretary of the Republic of Argentina CGT and UOCRA General Secretary On the other hand, the meeting dealt with issues related to the situation of the Argentine economy and it deepened about the Trade Union model proposed by Daniel Scioli, which according to what Cuartango explained "it includes suggestions made by the ILO Committee of Experts and responds to a Model of Promoted Trade Union Unity". At the same time, "and necessarily, unity must be accompanied with trade union democracy and participation of workers in the life of their organizations", he concluded
Gerardo Martinez, Eulogia Familia, Miriam Luz Triana and Marie Clarke Walker, Members of the ILO’s Governing Body together with Victor Baez, TUCA General Secretary and Laerte Texeira TUCA Secretary of Social Policies met leaders of the Americas with the special guests ACTRAV (Bureau for Workers' Activities) Maria Helena Andre, a Raquel Gonzalez, Steve Benedict and Alex Praga from ITUC and Hilda Sanchez from ACTRAV Geneva. The meeting was also attended by colleagues of other world confederations and secretariats, with a pluralist and open participation. Gerardo Martínez spoke about the latest topics covered by the Governing Body and gave an overview of the situation regarding the right to strike - Convention 87 and the position of the employers, supplemented by the reports of Eulogia family, Miriam Luz Triana and Marie Clarke. Maria Helena André and Raquel Gonzalez addressed those who were present and then Victor Baez commented on the importance of the speeches delivered by our leaders in the Conference firmly establishing the position of the Americas. Different viewpoints were exposed, with reference to the issues dealt with in this Conference and placing emphasis on unifying criteria to strengthen our tasks. A document written by the TUCA with the analysis of the Report of the ILO Director General was given and Gerardo Martínez submitted a document with the main points to require the ILO from our region.