Our General Secretary, Gerardo Martínez, participated in the offices of the Vatican, in private audience granted by Pope Francis to representatives of Argentina industrial associations. Union leaders at the meeting, which lasted for almost an hour and a half, said it was entertaining, relaxed and full of mutual affection. Pope Francis greeted every single trade unionists, who gave him presents that symbolized their trade unions. Pope Francis together with the Argentine Bishop Guillermo Karcher, who works in the Vatican's Secretariat of State urged the Trade Union delegation to "strengthen efforts and work strongly for the unity of all Argentinians, respecting diversity for the benefit of the country". Francis requested the trade union delegation to remember permanently to San Jose, Jesus’ father on earth, who was a carpenter, and on whose day the Church celebrates the workers' day.
Women workers are trained to reduce domestic accidents at home Within the framework of Cooperative Agreement by Foundation Fundación UOCRA, the Secretariat of Housing and Social Inclusion (SECHI)of the GCBA and UOCRA WOMEN Program together with the UOCRA Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) it was held the second Women Workers Workshops in November and will continue in December at Villa 15, in the City of Buenos Aires This new workshop is carried out in the community facilities Comedor de Rosa Jimenez located at Block 27 House 25. Training Course Objectives are: 1. Know the domestic risks 2. Prevention against possible risks of falls, electrical hazards, chemical, and biological hazards. 3. Look for joint solutions. 4 Learn to take care of our family. 5 Visualize risks in new buildings This activity within the program UOCRA - WOMEN, is designed from the solidarity action of our Organization and the care of the health and quality of life of workers and their families; often, and especially children suffer the most serious injuries. Parallel to this Workshop, a Practice Module is being performed on Mondays, so as women can implement various tasks in their homes, as for example: fix leaky faucets, repair and placement plug and socket outlets, plaster and other household work. Clearly, women participation at home is vital, providing them information and knowledge are the tools to improve their family quality of life.
The second meeting of the Sector Council for the Certification of Competences and Continuous Training of the Building Industry was held in the Room Omar Moreno at Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security of Argentina presided by Building Workers Union General Secretary Gerardo Martinez and Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security Mr. Carlos Tomada. En la reunión estuvieron presentes, el Secretario de Empleo, Enrique Deibe; el Presidente de la Cámara Argentina de la Construcción, Gustavo Weiss; el Subsecretario de Políticas de Empleo y Formación Profesional, Matías Barroetaveña; directores nacionales, autoridades de UOCRA y de la Fundación UOCRA , del IERIC y equipos de trabajo. Enrique Deibe, Secretary of Employment; Gustavo Weiss, President of Argentinean Chamber of the Building Industry; Matías Barroetaveña, Subsecretary of Employment Policies and Professional Training, national directors, UOCRA, Foundation Fundación UOCR and IERIC authorities and working teams attended the meeting. Minister Tomada opened the meeting with strong recognition and appreciation to the tripartite work developed in the sector. On the other hand, Gerardo Martínez, UOCRA representative highlighted that the process of continuous training “;highly enhance the industry, enhance the employers and enhance the workers”. Gustavo Weiss, President of Argentinean Chamber of the Building Industry [CAC], added the statistical data as a great achievement that 280,000 workers out of the 400,000 workers in the industry have been already trained. Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security of Argentina authorities showed the results obtained in the tripartite work through the Plan “;More and Better Employment”. Foundation Fundación UOCRA introduced the System of Continuous Training for the Building Industry and UOCRA authorities emphasized on the results obtained in the implementation of Labour Registry Card “;I`m a Building Worker”.
In the framework of the meeting of the Sector Council for the Certification of Competences and Continuous Training of the Building Industry, the General Secretary of Building Workers Union of the Republic Argentina (UOCRA), Mr. Gerardo Martínez and the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security of Argentina, Mr. Carlos Tomada, signed an institutional collaborative agreement that promotes the joint production of audiovisual materials on issues related to the world of work.
New training actions on occupational health and safety for UOCRA - Paraná Delegates.
Within the framework of the Cooperative Agreement entered by Superintendency of Occupational Risks [SRT] 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 held two training courses for Delegates on 19 and 20 November in the City of Paraná, in the Province of Entre Ríos. During both training days the following contents were developed: Occupational Health and Safety. Argentine Regulation The System of Occupational Risks 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 Comparative Statistics of Occupational Accidents, among others. Organization and call for training sessions were made by UOCRA – Paraná where over 40 union delegates participated The aim of this agreement and actions is to strengthen union management in the framework of the law 23551 and the help of these tools aim to improve the Cymat in compliance with standards of occupational health and safety by the employers.
President of The Argentine Football Association AFA and International Federation of Association Football FIFA first Vice-President
- Julio Grondona, visited UOCRA headquarters, interested in the arguments worded by Mr. Martínez, President of Latin America and the Caribbean of the Building and Wood Workers' International - BWI and Secretary-General of UOCRA, in relation to demands against Qatar due to absence of labour protection for building workers, whether national Qatari or migrants, who are carrying out infrastructure works towards Football World Cup Qatar 2022. - Julio Grondona became interested in the problem raised by Mr. Martinez and committed himself to support and deal with this initiative in FIFA Executive Committee where he will pose that the football world cup the governing body adopt the defence of the fundamental rights of workers as its own this flag for the defence of the dignity of work.