Within the framework of the 42nd Technical Committee Meeting of ILO/Cinterfor, which was carried out between 13 and 15 May 2015 in Buenos Aires, the Group of Workers from Latin America and the Caribbean - concerned about the need to promote the participation of the trade union movement in the discussion, design and implementation of training policies and actions- set the Declaration on Trade Union perspectives on education, Union training and professional training into consideration of the representatives of workers from over a dozen countries. The statement is about the relationship between Education and Work with a more comprehensive approach, which includes the four strategic axes of decent work. It also shows the need for education and training be comprehensive and lifelong, integrating formal education and professional, Trade Union and for citizenship training. The statement expresses the need to address the context of the relationship between education and work under the concept of sustainable and human development so that the principles of equality, equity and participation, as well as the values of solidarity and social justice are applied. It is also proposed the promotion of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) normative heritage, which today, more than ever before, we must give it a presence, since it responds to the vision that actors of labour have agreed throughout its history. Countries must have a public professional training system funded with progressive tax policies and with the contribution of the actors of the world of work to facilitate access to all people, highlighting that priorities are to develop strategies in order to include the most disadvantaged groups. This consensual Public Statement had the support and coordination of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA) and was introduced in the event by Amanda Villatoro who is the responsible for TUCA educational policies.
At the initiative of the UOCRA General Secretary Gerardo Martínez, Trade Union Training Programme for UOCRA’s Youth was launched in UOCRA Northern Area in Greater Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires City. Reporting activities took place at the headquarters of UOCRA Northern Area in Greater Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires City UOCRA Movement (MUOCRA) Committee Room. Osvaldo Rodríguez, General Secretary of UOCRA Northern Area, and Rubén Pronotti, General Secretary of UOCRA Buenos Aires City participated in these activities. Members of the Trade Union Electoral Board José Luis López, Andrés Rodríguez, Javier Armúa, Cristian Varas, and the Executive Director of Foundation Fundación UOCRA, architect Gustavo Gándara also attended the meetings. Over 50 young people under 25 years, delegates, staff and activists from the trade union organization took part in the two meetings. In the coming months, they will develop, the integral training course aiming to be trained as Union officials for the defence and strengthening of the Trade Union action policies conducted by UOCRA. The training action is systemic in nature and will have official certification of our UOCRA Institute which will provide an added value as professionalization development to our Union officials. Through a video especially designed for this occasion, sent from the ILO Summit in Geneva, UOCRA General Secretary, Gerardo Martínez, celebrated the beginning of the initiative and addressed young people a warm speech. "It is important that the trade union movement has a representative voice of the needs of today and now, and for future generations, and for that reason we need well-trained Union officials", said Martinez.
Integral Training Workshops within the framework of Training Agreement by SRT, CAMARCO and UOCRA
• Within the framework of the Cooperative Agreement entered by Superintendency of Occupational Risks [SRT], Argentinean Chamber of the Building Industry (CAMARCÓ) and the Building Workers Union (UOCRA) through the National Union Training Programme on Health and Safety through Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), we continue with the Integral Training Workshops during the week of 22 June 2015 carried out at UOCRA headquarters in the City of Buenos Aires. • The contents of these workshops are focused on different activities where attendees, workers and middle-level management, dialogue, look for and reach a consensus on good solutions to real problems at works; one of these group activities was Role-play where attendees were engaged in negotiation simulations reflecting issues related to health and safety at work. • Synergy and empathy are worked by the trainer in order to improve the working conditions between workers and companies middle-level management through previously planned activities.
It was held the Conference of Working Conditions in the Building Industry aimed at delegates of UOCRA Rio Tercero in the Province of Córdoba.
• 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 the Conference of Working Conditions in the Building Industry on 23 June. • Contents developed were: • Occupational Health and Safety. Argentine Regulation. PPE. Occupational Risks Law. • Tidiness and Cleanliness. Signage obligations required in the area of Construction. • Chemical Risks. • Fire Risks. • Risks in Works at Height. • Risks in excavations. • Risks in demolition. Asbestos. • Road Works. • Review • • Over 20 delegates from different works (civil and road) who belong to UOCRA Rio Tercero participated. We also highlight the presence of 3 women (2 delegates and 1 worker). Once more women's participation shows its insertion in our industry.
• Within the framework of an agreement between the UOCRA Foundation and the National Ministry of Health, our Trade Union implemented a program called " Prevention of risk consumption of alcohol and other psychotoxic substances whose purpose is focused on providing information, awareness and prevention of these addictions and, in its first stage, aimed at works delegates from Capital Federal and the Northern area of Greater Buenos Aires. • The content of these courses aims to provide educational tools to delegates, so that they can effectively perform a first approach to this type of issues at the workplace, contributing to facilitate the required containment to affected workers and their families, and promoting their referral to specific health care services, contributing to treatment and strengthening of family social and labour ties of eventually affected workers. • Contents are focused on topics like myths and realities about the consumption of psychoactive substances, factors of risk, pregnancy and alcohol, strengthening the Network of Services, update the territorial welfare networks and strategies for counteracting a problematic consumer, among others. • The ultimate goal is to achieve a better task of prevention and early detection, as well as the comprehensive health prevention of our building workers.
UOCRA General Secretary, Gerardo Martínez expressed its absolute coincidence and support to the Pope Francis's Environmental Encyclical Laudato Si by means of which he summoned Governments, Political and Economic Powers and the various social actors to commit themselves to carry out "a courageous cultural revolution" which requires a paradigm shift in the care of "our Common Home" as described by Pope Francis the planet warning that "the deterioration of the environment and society affect especially the weakest”. In the same vein, Gerardo Martínez said that "no one can be indifferent to this Pope Francis’ Encyclical which requires a change in culture, as a way of ensuring governance, the inclusion of those in greatest need and summons us all to the care of the environment as a way to privilege and put into practice the ethics of the poorest. The Pope speaks about relevant issues for society, for the young people and a future with social equity. Progress and development are important, but they must be sustainable and with social inclusion".