UOCRA’S TV Channel Construir TV was awarded twice in the 22nd Edition of Argentine Cable Television Association (ATVC) prizes. Recognition was for Trabajo de Campo (Field Work), Agricultural Affairs type and A Prueba de Ciencia (Science Test), in the educational TV type.
New training actions aimed at construction companies of high accident rates within Cooperative Agreement entered by SRT, CAMARCO and UOCRA began.
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)it has begun training activities for workers included in the Collective Bargaining Agreement CCT 76/75, of construction companies that are included in the Resolutions of the SRT 559/09 and 1642/09. Training for foremen, technicians, professionals and managers will be conducted by CAMARCO. Territorial scope of application includes the City of Buenos Aires and the Provinces of Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Córdoba and Santa Fe. These early actions included 3 (three) courses of training in occupational health and safety for construction companies located in the City of Buenos Aires and in Greater Buenos Aires and more than 60 building workers have been already trained.
Within the framework of Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) Activities in Argentina, it was held a meeting among affiliate trade unions from Latin America, the Caribbean and Angola with Techint Company at UOCRA headquarters. Meeting objectives were aimed at analyzing the situation of the company in the different countries of the region, based on achievements made in collective bargaining agreements and developing a proposal with the challenges to achieve within the framework of the social dialogue proposed by the International Labour Organization (ILO), to achieve the social-labour content of decent work. Over thirty-five union leaders of our region were present. Moreover, a Techint company representative, UOCRA professional team and members of the Central Executive Committee who welcomed Victor Brandán, Foreign Affairs Secretary, on behalf of Gerardo Martínez, our General Secretary.
Gerardo Martinez, UOCRA General Secretary, closed the Workshop for Trade Union delegates that took place in the UOCRA Hotel of La Cumbre, in the presence of over 300 colleagues from UOCRA Capital, Buenos Aires Northern Area, Córdoba, Santa Fe, Rosario, Río Cuarto, Río Tercero and Villa Maria and their own General Secretaries. During the first day of the working plan it was dealt with the occupational health and safety issue, specially focused on the activities represented among the participants. Note the participation of workers from concrete batching companies which provided specificity for Trade Union action at workplace, as well as the general considerations common to all other activities represented. Then, it was dealt with issues related to the scope of collective bargaining and the interpretation of the conventional terms of the collective bargaining agreement 76/75 and sectorial. During the workshop, and usually covering the aspects specified in the morning and relate them to the international level, it was proposed to develop the concept of decent work and its dimensions, from the ILO perspective. This last work package ended in a practical exercise using the concepts revised during the different packages. It should be noted that an active monitoring of the fellow participants of the meeting, evidenced by the active collaboration in their speeches, contributions and questions to the speakers was observed in thematic work packages. It was thus as a simulation of a collective bargaining of a clause on Occupational Health and Safety between workers and employers was carried out by participants playing different roles. Acquisition of knowledge and resources in negotiating, active participation of the "joint committees" as from the rest of the attendees who actively followed-up discussions were observed in all groups. Performances offered a lot of material for facilitators who provided feedback to participants. Gerardo Martínez stressed the need to intensify the path of Union training for better representation as well as the need to move forward to rank workers - improving the social-labour conditions and strengthen the UOCRA with more and more trade union and solidarity action.
Meeting of Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) Youth Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean was held at UOCRA headquarters led by Regional President Gerardo Martinez. Meeting objectives were aimed at developing a working plan towards the next BWI Regional Committee meeting that will be held in Chile by 2015 and strengthening a BWI Regional Youth structure in Latin America and the Caribbean. Within this framework, a wide range of proposals, experiences and strategies for Youth Decent Work Campaigns in the region and the definition of priorities, actions to be taken and the follow-up, through the commitment of the young union leaders of the region.
Ongoing actions within the framework of the Programme Recycling Waste at Works in the works “;Events & Convention Center”
Within the framework of the Programme Recycling Waste at Works, we continue with training and awareness actions for workers in the works “;Events & Convention Center”, located in the City of Buenos Aires. At the same time we continue with the Stage of the different types of waste collection and separation at source, allowing later removal according to previous classification: organic waste (Peel fruit, yerba mate, food leftovers and others) and recyclable waste (wood, plastics, glass and others) We highlight the joint work and the ongoing collaboration of UOCRA Delegates and CRIBA Company, for the purpose of improving the conditions and working environment and thus improve the quality of life of building workers