Gerardo Martínez, CGT RA Foreign Affairs Secretary and UOCRA Building Workers Union of the Republic Argentina (UOCRA), was reelected as regular member of the International Labour Organization ILO’s Governing Body within the framework of the 103rd International Labour Conference held in Palace of Nations, United Nations Office at Geneva, Switzerland. Trade union representatives of workers from over 127 countries of labour representation before the ILO participated in the election and Mr. Martínez was elected with a large majority among the 14 regular members, who shall hold their office for the period 2014-2017. With this election, Gerardo Martínez was ratified in his international representation of workers for fourth term as a regular workers member to the Governing Body, position held since 2005 in three consecutive terms (2005-2008; 2008-2011 and 2011-2014) meaning a clear support from his peers to his management in the defense of workers’ labour and social rights.
Election of members to the executive body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) includes government representatives from Argentina, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Geneva – 3 June 2014 (ILO News) Delegates to the 103rd International Labour Conference of the ILO held in Geneva elected new members to de ILO Governing Body for the period 2014-2017, among them representatives of Governments and Employers and Workers Members in Latin America and the Caribbean In the Government group, were elected as regular members from countries of Latin America and the Caribbean representatives of Argentina, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. As Government Deputy Members were elected for our region from Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Uruguay. In the case of Employers members, regular regional members are Alberto Echevarría from Colombia and Jorge de Regil from Mexico. Among Employers Deputy Members there are representatives from Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Honduras and Uruguay. In the Workers Group, Gerardo Martinez from Argentina was elected as regular member and as deputy members there are representatives from Brazil, Colombia, Honduras and the Dominican Republic. Governing Body consists of 56 regular members (28 Government, 14 Employers and 14 Workers) and 66 deputy members (28 Governments, 19 Employers and 19 Workers). Ten member States of chief industrial importance hold non-elective titular seats (Germany, Brazil, China, United States, France, India, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom and Russian Federation). The rest of government members are elected by the ILC every three years. Employers and Workers members are elected in their individual capacity. The Governing Body is the ILO’s executive body. It takes decisions on the policy of the Organization, determines the agenda of the International Labour Conference, adopts the Programme and Budget before submission to the Conference, and elects the Director-General. Created in 1919, the ILO is the only agency of the United Nations, whose constituents are representatives of Governments, Employers and Workers of the 185 Member States. Further information More Info
Training actions on occupational health and safety together with UOCRA – Villa María and Uocra - San Francisco for 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) it was held a training course for Delegates on 29 and 30 May in San Francisco, Province of Córdoba. During both training days the following contents were developed: o Occupational Health and Safety. Argentine Regulation o Occupational Risks System o Prevention of Accidents caused by footsteps, knocks or bumps caused by objects o Prevention of Accidents caused by overexertion o Prevention of Accidents caused by falls of persons and objects o Prevention of Accidents and Occupational Diseases, among other contents related to early detection of occupational risks and possible impact on workers’ health. The aim of this programme is permanent training to improve the Cymat, defend workers’ rights in compliance with current standards of occupational health and safety by the employers. Organization and invitations for training sessions were made by UOCRA – Villa Maria and UOCRA –San Francisco Delegates where over 40 delegates participated at UOCRA headquarters.
Within the framework of the 103rd Session of the International Labour Conference ILO
Gerardo Martinez, Foreign Affairs Secretary of the Republic of Argentina CGT, Member of the ILO´s Governing Body and General Secretary of Building Workers Union UOCRA, was appointed Vice-President for the Americas Workers’ Group, within the framework of the 103rd Session of the International Labour Conference ILO which is held in Geneva, Switzerland. When Mr. Martinez was appointed, it was highlighted his career as a union leader and his permanent and plural commitment in the defense of the workers’ rights, both at the national and at the international level. After his appointment, in a media statement, Gerardo Martínez appreciated the role that the ILO plays and warned that, "Due to the process of globalization, some countries claim without any concealment that the ILO makes no sense. Some of the actors of power who support the process of globalization, attempt to minimize the value and content that the ILO promotes, which represents a true alarm for many people". Accordingly, he later argued that "we must be smart to deal with this and take on the unavoidable need of updating and reconverting this tripartite labour body of global nature, enhancing its role and making a key institutional actor to achieve the objective of consolidating the workers’ rights worldwide, the fair redistribution of wealth and the globalization of social justice as promoted and seeked by our Pope Francis".
Within the framework of this Programme activities for environment care started in Home Hogar Peldaños.
Building Workers Union (UOCRA) through the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) and Foundation Construir Futuro started activities for the Programme Building a Sustainable Future which will be implemented in Home Hogar Peldaños with the participation of children, trainers and personnel. The 1st. Group Activity was performed on Wednesday 13 May in the halls of the home where it was talked about the importance of environment care, natural resources and the implementation of the separation of waste generated in the Home. In the Programme paper and plastic caps are recycled together with Garrahan Children's Hospital Foundation.Garrahan Foundation`s Recycling Paper Programme is a charity project used for Home Casa Garrahan support. We are also collecting “;Recyclable Waste” (cardboard, plastic, glass) as well as “;Non-Recyclable Waste” (food leftovers, wet waste and dirty papers) which will be collected by the GCBA waste collection service providers. All these actions are supported by continuous training for Home Hogar Peldaños’ children, trainers and personnel in charge of UOCRA Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)
Women workers are trained to reduce domestic accidents at home and to deal with the main activities of the trades of the building industry.
En el marco del Convenio de Cooperación entre la Fundación UOCRA y la Secretaria de Hábitat e Inclusión (SECHI) del GCBA y en el marco Programa UOCRA - MUJERES en conjunto con el Departamento de Salud y Seguridad en el Trabajo (SST) de UOCRA, han comenzado los talleres de seguridad en los hogares que durante todo el mes de mayo del 2014 se desarrollarán en las Villas 31 y Zavaleta, de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. Within the framework of Cooperative Agreement by Foundation Fundación UOCRA, the Secretariat of Housing and Social Inclusion (SECHI) of the GCBA and UOCRA WOMEN Programme together with the UOCRA Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) there were held Home Security Workshops throughout May 2014 at Villa 31 and Zavaleta, in the City of Buenos Aires. Training Course Objectives are: 1. Take care of our family 2. Learn as you play 3. Know the domestic risks 4. Prevention against possible risks of falls, electrical hazards, chemical, and biological hazards. 5. Learn how to separate the different types of household waste. 6. Visualize risks in new buildings. 7. Look for joint solutions Parallel to these workshops, there is a Practice Module dealing with the main activities of the trades of the Building Industry so as women can implement various tasks in their homes, such as: repair of basic sanitation facilities, electricity and masonry and other household work. This activity within the program UOCRA - WOMEN, is designed from the solidarity action of our Trade Union Organization and Social Network for the care of the health and quality of life of workers and their families; often, and especially children suffer the most serious injuries. Clearly, women participation at home is vital, providing them information and knowledge are the tools to improve their family quality of life.