Season's greetings for all! For a 2014 full of Faith, Hope and Shared Work Gerardo Martinez
Ministry of Labour and Anses
Gerardo Martinez, Building Workers Union UOCRA General Secretary, entered agreement with Dr. Carlos Tomada, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security of Argentina; Diego Bossio, Executive Director of National Social Security Administration (ANSES), Lic. Enrique Deibe, Labour Secretary and Eng. Gustavo Weiss, President of Argentinean Chamber of the Building Industry [CAC]. This agreement is framed in the Comprehensive Plan for the Promotion of Employment in order to contribute to the generation, maintenance and improvement of employment and the continuous training of building workers. It is created a sectorial and interinstitutional space where different actors can develop strategies for effective implementation of active policies for employment, certification of labour competencies and support for labor insertion. Actions will link policies of social housing developed in the framework of the Pro.Cre.Ar Programme and it will work jointly with companies on training for workers, until they begin to work in the works, in order to ensure the inclusion of those trained workers in the UOCRA courses through its Foundation. Gerardo Martínez stressed "the value of the training and vocational training for building workers and their families, becomes a reference axis of Trade Union social responsibility which has reached over 2000 beneficiaries with job training programmes. "Today in Argentina there are an average of 450,000 building workers what shows that there is a political project towards the future that we will surely develop: workers, employers and Governments"
Training actions for OSH technicians and professionals
Within the framework of the Training Programme for UOCRA Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), it was held a training session of improvement in the fall prevention systems of works at height in the building industry. Sessions took place at UOCRA headquarters and developed by CARAN Internacional Company, where technicians and professionals from UOCRA Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) participated in order to improve survey actions to early and accurate detection of any breach. The following topics were developed: • Safety Harnesses • Anchoring elements • Lanyards and Anchors • Fall Protection • Horizontal lifeline • Lowering devices • Safety Belts Remember that accidents at work due to falls at different heights generate more than 25% of the annual accidents in the building industry, according to data reported by Superintendency of Occupational Risks [SRT] for the year2012 Our Organization is aimed at ongoing training to comply with professional and technical quality, tasks of survey and later report of any breach in the works
Within the framework of the Programme Recycling Waste at Works, through the UOCRA Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), CRIBA Company, Foundation for Training and UOCRA Capital actions were carried out in the Alvear Tower in the City of Buenos Aires. Remember this Tower will be the highest in the country to be probably finished in September 2016. The “;Alvear Tower” will reach 235 metres high located over Boulevard Azucena Villaflor, between Aimé Paine and Calabria, in 54 floors with 500 m2 housing units. Our objectives related to improvements in the conditions and working environment and the characteristics of the work were the promoters of the Programme. At this stage, on 19 December 2013; fellow workers in the Area of Environment and Sustainable Development of the OSH and the Foundation, confirmed the placement of different containers (differentiated by color) for different types of waste generated in the work. Likewise, the whole work was toured and posters identifying the programme and its objectives were displayed at different points of the waste reception. We highlight the total cooperation and support of CRIBA Company and UOCRA, through its body of delegates at work. Also, in the framework of the programme, future actions to be continued for year 2014 were defined, linked to the stages of training and the schedule of visits.
Gerardo Martinez was re-elected Deputy-President for Latin America and The Caribbean of the BWI in the 3rd World Congress held in Bangkok on early December 2013, continuing as President of the Regional Committee for Latin America and The Caribbean. In previous Congressional sessions, Gerardo Martínez coordinated the Multinational and Public Infrastructure Projects Thematic Forum, where exhibitors analysed various experiences in Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe. Panelists discussed how to achieve a better trade union representation and negotiate collective agreements in the works of infrastructure by means of labour clauses in public contracts, inter-union cooperation, the creation of networks and other tools, under Mr. Martinez supervision. The new presidium elected in Bangkok on 5 December includes President Per Olof Deputy-Presidents Sjoo, Dietmar Schafers and Pierre Cuppens and General Secretary Ambet Yuson. The document adopted unanimously by the plenary session of the 3rd World Congress establishes among other points: "Justice for All and Jobs for All" – That is what BWI members fight for every day. BWI’s members are on the front lines in the defence of social justice”. The persistence of the negative consequences of neoliberal policies make us all once again realise that the success of any economy or any government does not ultimately depend on the number of billionaires in the population or the size of the gross domestic product." Furthermore: “;Globally unregulated capital has led to social unrest and tensions, economic refugees and the climate crisis…”. “;There is less and less decent work and more and more poverty. The gap between rich and poor continues to widen. Inequality often results in younger generations being trapped in poverty. In many countries around the world, the younger generation is facing an even more uncertain future than did their parents' generation.” It makes a call “;to fight for just, social and sustainable policy. Governments must make investments in infrastructure, innovation, research and development, and education and vocational training. To finance those investments, the wealthy must be required to make their due contribution. To those ends, trade unions must be socially and politically active in society..." In solidarity, we will continue the struggle for "Jobs for All and Justice for All
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.