With the participation of Vice-Minister of Labour of the Nation, Dr. Noemí Rial; UOCRA General Secretary, Gerardo Martínez and the International Labour Organization (ILO) Regional Representative, Pedro Furtado de Oliveira, it was held the 2nd Day of Labour Relations organized by the Association of Human Resources of Argentina.
It was held the 2nd Day of Labour Relations organized by the Association of Human Resources of Argentina where representatives from different fields in the world of work and labour relations participated in talks and debates. The opening was carried out by a panel composed of the Vice-Minister of Labour, Dr. Noemí Rial; UOCRA General Secretary, Gerardo Martínez and the International Labour Organization (ILO) Regional Representative, Pedro Furtado de Oliveira, who spoke on the topic: Tripartism as a key in a process of transformation. Gerardo Martínez during his speech noted that: "Tripartism will be an instrument of transformation only if its ultimate goal is social justice. Recognizing that there is a relationship of inequality between capital and labour and the State's role must redress this balance." In that sense, Gerardo Martinez said that "in UOCRA we have many tripartite experiences, from developments of the conformation of competency-based training to the construction of policies to eliminate unregistered employment" and stressed "the importance which in recent years the Ministry of labour has had in the construction of an institutionalized tripartism. In Argentina there is social dialogue and the work of the Ministry has been essential since it had a key role in the commitment to tripartism and social justice".
Training Actions on Health and Safety together with UOCRA Posadas
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) there were held two Training Courses on 24 and 25 September, in the City of Posadas, Misiones. Both days involved workers, delegates and students of Technical Qualification in Health and Safety at Work. On the first day, there were developed contents related to early detection of the main risks in works at height, demolition and excavation activities, and was followed by a talk of CPR given by professional staff belonging to Health Insurance for the Building Workers Construir Salud, together with other institutions invited to participate in the exhibition. The second day of training, took place at worksite (high-rise building - single-family houses). The visit included a tour for the purposes of detecting and visualizing the possible breaches and which corrective and preventive measures must be implemented. Organization and call were made by UOCRA - Posadas where over 35 workers, delegates and students participated.
It was held the training course on Working Conditions in the Building Industry aimed at delegates from UOCRA San Justo
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 Building Industry for UOCRA San Justo Delegates on 23 September. The contents of the Training Course were related to the practical considerations for the different stages of works "Height, Demolition and Excavation work"; on the same day and within the framework of the “;Programme on the Prevention of Risk Consumption of Alcohol and Other Psychotoxic Substances”, it was dealt with issues related to the impact of addictions (alcohol and drugs) at workplace. Activity took place in the facilities of UOCRA San Justo where almost 50 delegates participated.
At UOCRA headquarters, the Argentine General Confederation of Labour (CGTRA), represented by its Foreign Affairs Secretary Mr. Gerardo Martínez, signed an agreement with the National University Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) represented by its Rector Aníbal Jozami, for mutual cooperation in the field of migration in the world of work. In practical and operational terms, understanding aims to advance in the development of training actions and technical and academic complementation between the institutions on the specific issue. In the same vein, the Argentine General Confederation of Labour (CGTRA) and the National University Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) signed a specific agreement with the International Organization for migration, represented by its Regional Director, Diego Beltrand, and the National Directorate of migration, represented by its Director, Martin Augusto Arias Duval. From the initialed agreement, participating institutions committed themselves to develop the workshop "Current Migrations in the Republic of Argentina: policy, impact and perception", with the objective of training and raise awareness on migration issues to CGT RA union delegates, through the respective Secretariats. During the ceremony, it was also presented the book "Labour Migration in the Building Industry: comparative analysis of migrant labor in the building industry in the Republic of Argentina 2001 - 2011", in the presence of authors Mr. Lelio Mármora, Director of the Policy Institute of Migration Policies and Asylum that framed the work between academic and the Trade Union world and the progress in the articulation and coordination of joint actions. The publication, through Aulas y Andamios publisher belonging to Foundation Fundación UOCRA, seeks a deep approach into the phenomenon of the inclusion of migrants in two different socio-economic contexts. By way of conclusion, the CGT Foreign Affairs Secretary, Gerardo Martínez, said: "from the trade union movement we want to outline a joint strategy to incorporate workers around the world and for this reason, we need logistic, professional, academic and institutional support".
Within the framework of campaigns "25kg..." No more" and 28 April with the slogan "A DEATH A STRIKE"; the Building and Wood Workers' International - BWI and the UOCRA organized, within the Programme LOCTO, a sub-regional meeting at UOCRA headquarters, in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Union leaders of building trade unions of Brazil and building unions of Argentina (FOCRA, SOCAMGLYP, UECARA and UOCRA) with an opening panel composed of Nilton Freitas. BWI Regional Representative, Victor Brandan, UOCRA Foreign Affairs Secretary and BWI Senior Member and Marta Pujadas as President of the BWI Regional Women's Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean participated in the meeting. Issues related to healthcare and life of workers were discussed during the meeting, highlighting the progress of Trade Union actions at national level related to the reduction of weight of the cement bag to 25 kg and its impact on occupational diseases and the quality of life of workers in the sector; sub regional and regional actions, also agreed to continue with the fulfilment of the campaign objectives. Strengthening the commitment of our Trade Union, our General Secretary and BWI Regional President of the Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean, Gerardo Martinez was present in the development of the meeting. He spoke about the importance of trade unions participation in the different areas where it is dealt with occupational health policies, highlighting the vital role of our Professional Secretariat in the exchange of information and the dissemination and awareness of the tasks carried out by several trade unions. He referred to the fight against addictions at workplace and finally he expressed his support for the continuity of the Trade Union solidarity and the unity of the trade union movement.
Training actions on health and safety together with UOCRA San Juan for delegates
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 for UOCRA San Juan Delegates on 2 September. The aim of this Programme is permanent training to improve the Working Conditions and Environment, defend workers’ rights in compliance with current standards of occupational health and safety by the employers. During the training course the following contents were developed:  Occupational Health and Safety. Argentine Regulation  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 Organization and invitations for training sessions were made by UOCRA –San Juan where over 20 delegates participated, mostly young delegates. Training sessions took place at CGT - San Juan.