Joint actions with the aim of early detection of any breach related to unregistered workers or inappropriate working conditions and environment in works of the City of Buenos Aires
Within the framework of the Program 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 in works of the City of Buenos Aires. These comprehensive joint actions were carried out in June 2013 with the aim of early detection of any breach related to unregistered workers or inappropriate working conditions and environment These actions include information material handouts related to accident prevention and also hygiene practice recommendation “;clean hands in Winter” as influenza viruses prevention method issued by our Health Insurance for the Building Workers Construir Salud. 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
Inspection Actions and Cymat improvement are implemented at Metrobus Works on Avenida 9 de Julio together with UOCRA Capital
Within the framework of the Program of Works’ Inspection and Management, joint inspection actions were taken by UOCRA Capital through the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) at Metrobús Works on Avenida 9 de Julio in the City of Buenos Aires These comprehensive joint actions were carried out with the aim of early detection of any breach related to unregistered workers or inappropriate working conditions as well as mandatory documents required in Technical Reports. Joint actions are carried out among technical staff of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Department, body of delegates of the work and UOCRA Capital in more than 26 blocks of works and approximately 30 contractors carrying out different activities, among them: Masonry, Concrete, Paint, Assembly of structures and Electrical Installations, have been improving working conditions to preserve the Health and the Safety of Building Workers. Trade Union action, within the framework of Act 23551, allows us to raise awareness and incorporate Working Conditions and Environment (Cymat) through trade union action and technical support.
MR. PRESIDENTE: REPORT OF THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL: IS A POLITICAL RESPONSE TO GLOBAL REALITIES WHICH RESTATES THE IMPORTANCE OF AGREEMENT BASED ON SINCERE AND PROACTIVE SOCIAL DIALOGUE WHERE THE WORKERS ARE CATEGORIZED AS POLITICAL INTERLOCUTORS. TODAY THE CRISIS IS WORSENING, INEQUALITY IN THE WORLD IS GROWING AS A RESULT OF PRECARIOUS LABOUR CONDITIONS IN THIS NEW INTERNATIONAL SCENARIO THE VALUES OF WORKING AND PRODUCTION HAVE CHANGED. WHEN FINANCIAL CAPITAL RULES IT IS ALWAYS TO THE DETRIMENT OF WORKERS AND IT WORSENS INEQUALITIES. AS POPE FRANCIS HAS SAID, HUMANITY HAS FOUND A NEW AND CRUEL IMAGE IN MONEY AND THE DICTATORSHIP OF AN ECONOMY WHICH IS FACELESS. GIVEN THE CURRENT MODEL OF MONETARISM WHICH OVERLOOKS THE SOCIAL, LABOUR AND ENVIRONMENTAL PILLARS… THERE IS ANOTHER ALTERNATIVE. GIVEN THIS SCENARIO THE ILO DIRECTOR GENERAL PROPOSAL TO TRANSFORM THE ILO BY CONSOLIDATING ITS GUARANTOR ROLE OF FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE BECOMES MORE EFFECTIVE AND MARKS A CHANGE AT THE NEXT SUMMIT OF THE G 20, THE ILO WILL REQUIRE GOVERNMENTS THAT KEEP THEIR PROMISE TO TACKLE THE CRISIS THROUGH MORE INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE, BY MAKING EASIER THE ACCESS TO CREDIT FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES, AND ESPECIALLY BY EXTENDING THE SOCIAL SECURITY COVER AND CREATING YOUTH EMPLOYMENT. GOVERNMENTS MUST GIVE PRIORITY POLICY VALUES AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT WITH SOCIAL INCLUSION, OVER ECONOMIC REMEDIES WHICH USE WORKERS AS A VARIABLE OF ADJUSTMENT. THERE MUST BE REFORMED INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL ORGANIZATIONS TODAY PEOPLE ARE REACTING TO THESE PERMANENT ADJUSTMENT POLICIES, GOING OUT TO THE STREETS TO DEFEND THEIR RIGHTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS. WE RECALL THE THEME OF THE SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS HELD IN ARGENTINA IN 2005 WHICH CALLED FOR CREATING JOBS TO TACKLE POVERTY AND STRENGTHEN DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE MANY OF THESE OBJECTIVES HAVE NOT BEEN ATTAINED: WHILE DEMOCRATIC SYSTEMS ARE BEING CONSOLIDATED AND THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIC GROWTH RATES, THE INDICATORS OF POVERTY AND INEQUALITY ARE THE SAME. AND THIS IS BECAUSE IN MOST COUNTRIES THERE IS NO SOCIAL DIALOGUE AND THERE IS NO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, SO WEALTH DISTRIBUTION JUST REMAINS IN FIGURATIVE SPEECHES THIS SITUATION IS WORSENING DUE TO LACK OF UNION FREEDOM, UNEMPLOYMENT, INCREASING PRECARIOUSNESS OF LABOUR CONDITIONS, WITH BREACHES IN HEALTH AND LABOUR SAFETY; AND VIOLENCE AGAINST UNIONS INCLUDING PERSECUTION AND DEATH. OUR CHALLENGE AS UNION MOVEMENT IS BEING COMMITTED TO A KEY ROLE TO PUT AN END TO THIS INJUSTICE, WITH THE MOBILIZATION OF WORKERS TO THE DEFENSE OF OUR RIGHTS. IN ARGENTINA, FROM A DECADE, THE GENERATION OF EMPLOYMENT AND WORKERS ARE THE FOCUS OF PUBLIC POLICIES WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF AN ECONOMIC MODEL OF PRODUCTIVE DEVELOPMENT. THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE IN SOCIAL AND LABOUR CONDITIONS OF OUR PEOPLE, TO REBUILD THE SOCIAL AND PRODUCTIVE FABRIC WHICH WE HAD LOST MEASURES TO ENHANCE EMPLOYMENT GROWTH, DECENT WORK AND A FAIR DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH HAVE BEEN KEY THEMES ON OUR GOVERNMENT’S AGENDA. • THE ENFORCEMENT OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING • THE STRENGTHENING OF MINIMUM SALARY • FULL ACCESS TO PENSIONS AND RETIREMENT • BENEFITS FOR UNIVERSAL CHILD BENEFIT OR THE BENEFITS FOR WOMEN WHO ARE PREGNANT, THE DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL TRAINING AS A TOOL OF SOCIAL INCLUSION ARE SOME OF THESE POLICIES DEVELOPED IN ARGENTINA WE STILL FACE GREAT CHALLENGES TO CREATE MORE AND BETTER EMPLOYMENT TO ERRADICATE INFORMAL WORK, TO REDUCE THE TAXES ON LEVIES TO WORK AND DO AWAY WITH POCKETS OF POVERTY AND MARGINALITY WE STILL HAVE. WE CONFIRM THAT WE NEED TO CALL A TRIPARTITE OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL TO DISCUSS AND ARTICULATE THESE POLICIES AIMED AT PAYING OFF THE SOCIAL DEBT ONE EXAMPLE OF POSITIVE RESULT ON SUCH DIALOGUE CAN BE SEEN IN THIS CONFERENCE, IN THE COMMITTEE OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT , DECENT WORK AND GREEN JOBS WHERE WE MANAGED TO ACHIEVED SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT THROUGHOUT THE ILO WE THE WORKERS COUNT ON POLITICAL WILL AND DETERMINATION, ORGANIZATION AND STRENGTH TO WRITE A NEW CHAPTER IN HISTORY, WHERE WE WILL ACHIEVE FAIR DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH ON A UNIVERSAL BASIS, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND DECENT WORK, TO MAKE IT A LASTING LEGACY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS THANK YOU MR.PRESIDENT.
UOCRA and UOCRA Northern Branch, in the Works “;Aguas del Paraná” located in the Northern area of Great Buenos Aires y la Seccional de UOCRA de Zona Norte, offered workshops on health and safety.
Sessions on Occupational Health and Safety, within the framework of activities of Training Health and Safety for Workers’ Program, Foundation Fundación UOCRA, the Argentine Building Workers Union, through the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)and UOCRA Northern Branch, in the Works “;Aguas del Paraná” located in the Northern area of Great Buenos Aires. It is also important to highlight that coordination and implementation of actions are carried out by the body of delegates of the work and UOCRA Northern Branch. "Juan Manuel de Rosas" Purification Plant will be located in an area of 16 Ha in the Municipality of Tigre, and will allow to process a flow of 1,200,000 m3/day (equivalent to 80,000 water tanker trucks), enough to meet the demand of approximately 2.5 million inhabitants. A take on the River Paraná de las Palmas, to the North of the Port of Escobar, with the capacity to capture up to 1,500,000 m3 per day will be built to supply the plant with raw water. The transportation of raw water to the plant will take place through an underground Tunnel of 3.60 m diameter and 15 km long, built with technology similar to that used for the construction of the Rome subway. The tunnel will be built at a depth of 18 m to the height of the outlet and will reach 22 metres to the plant height. The distribution of drinking water to centres of consumption will take place through 3 aqueducts: Dique Luján, Pacheco-Benavidez and Tigre Downtown. Ducts will be made of 1200 mm diameter cast steel and will have a total length of 40 km. Aguas del Paraná is a company composed by building companies Norberto Odebrecht, Benito Roggio e Hijos, Supercemento and José Cartellone Civil Works. Training action contents are aimed at the detection of risks and appropriate action in the implementation of safety measures in the different jobs of works and in its different stages and work at height and with electrical hazards, the use of electrical tools and machinery.
In the framework of BATIMAT EXPOVIVIENDA, and for the third consecutive year, it was held on 7 June 2013, Building & Construction Industry Forum, a space created in 2011 by Foundation Fundación UOCRA and (Argentina Building Exhibitions and Fairs). EFCA for architects, engineers, technicians and specialists from highly qualified institutions of our country to discuss and exchange experiences Representatives of the Argentinean Chamber of the Building Industry (CAMARCÓ), Statistical Institute of the Construction Industry (IERIC), the Central Society of Architects (SCA), the Professional Council of Architecture and Urban Planning (CPAU) and the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Urbanism of the University of Buenos Aires (FADU-UBA), and UOCRA, through its Department of Occupation Health and Safety at work (SST) and Foundation Fundación UOCRA participated in this event.. The professionals of the above-mentioned institutions participated in debates about training, work and sustainability in the building industry. UOCRA and the Foundation through the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) talked about the ongoing project developed together with the Building Company CRIBA SA, whose objective aims at the perception workers have about the different impacts of the building industry activity on the environment and further awareness for the effective implementation of environmentally sustainable practices
Gerardo Martinez, member of ILO’s Governing Body and head of Argentina workers delegate was appointed as Vice-president by the Committee of Sustainable Development, Decent Work and Green Jobs within the framework of 102nd Session of the International Labour Conference which takes place at Geneva from 5 to 20 June 2013. In the first session of the Committee, made up of Governments, employers and workers, Gerardo Martinez, as the unique speaker of the trade union sector, explained the position of the workers facing the challenges of environment care and the generation of decent work with rights. During his speech, Mr. Martinez urged tripartite efforts to guarantee sustainable development and decent work and said “;We must admit that GIVEN THE CURRENT MODEL OF development which overlooks the social, labour and environmental pillars, there is another alternative. Multiple crises undergone and global indicators show us we must change.”