• We are carrying out survey actions of working conditions in Villa Olímpica Commune 8 in the City of Buenos Aires.
Within the framework of actions of the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), together with UOCRA Capital and the body of delegates we are carrying out survey actions of working conditions in the works of Villa Olímpica in the City of Buenos Aires. They are at the stage of concrete and masonry jobs. Remember that The Villa Olímpica will accommodate 4500 young athletes during the development of the Youth Olympic Games during the year 2018. These works are located at Parque Roca in Villa Soldati, in an area of 70,000 square meters, located in the neighborhoods of Villa Soldati, Villa Lugano and Villa Riachuelo, where over 125,000 square metres of housing (two- and three-room apartments) and green spaces will be built. Also, we have reported workers data from companies for further verification of employment registration, within the framework of law 22250. Technical-Union joint work allows us to improve working conditions and to early detect any breach and work with the company for its quick adjustment. These tasks were carried out with the delegates of the work.
In the framework of the SRT Resolution 1642/09, activities of the Program aimed at companies with high accidents rates, continue in the City of Rosario and the Province of Mendoza.
Within the framework of the Comprehensive Training Programme developed by UOCRA, CAMARCO and audited by SRT, training actions aimed at building workers in construction companies with high accidents rates continued. Some contents developed are: Prevention of Occupational Risks Act N° 24557 Decree 911 of Health and Safety for the Building Industry Rights and Obligations of SRT, ART, Employers and Workers. Personal Protective Equipment: items according to tasks and risks, wear and care. Occupational Hazards at height: Use of PPE according to the task, lifeline and anchor points, stairs and working platforms. Working specific tasks of railways; movement of loads and others. Such actions will be concentrated in companies with the highest accident rates in UOCRA headquarters in the City of Rosario and in the Province of Mendoza which are audited by Superintendency of Occupational Risks [SRT].
UOCRA Foundation and the Professional Training Center Number 408 "San Romero de América" signed an agreement with the Diocesan Mission San Juan Bosco with the purpose of carrying out actions of basic and professional training for young people of Villa La Cárcova.
The meeting was held in the Parish Church San Juan Bosco of Villa La Cárcova, Municipality of General San Martin, in the presence of UOCRA Secretary-General and President of UOCRA Foundation, Gerardo Martinez, Father Jose Maria Di Paola and the PTC N° 408 Director Pablo Rozen. The initiative of this agreement also includes addressing the problem of addictions, by forming a Multidisciplinary Team of Prevention.
The content of this Manual was the result of teamwork with UOCRA sectionals and Delegates of the prestressed concrete plants located in different cities of our country. We carried out technical visits in these plants, which have allowed us to survey and understand the processes and jobs, including the conditions of each of them, areas of storage and materials, etc.
We also conducted an analysis of the most common occupational diseases in these plants, taking into account the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations; and on the other hand, we studied different pieces of prestressed concrete and sequences of its manufacture, showing risks and control measures. From UOCRA Building Workers Union of the Republic Argentina we believe and defend the concept of decent work as a valid tool to improve the quality of life of building workers and their families. Manual Summary At the beginning of the Manual, we describe the development of the manufacturing process of different parts made of prestressed concrete. In addition, the use of parts in the building industry, highlighting the advantages of its use to solve several particular constructive situations. We will also show an assessment of the impact on the health and safety of workers who work in these plants. Then, based on the definition of health given in a comprehensive way by the World Health Organization (WHO), it is contained in physical, social and mental issues of people. Based on this concept, from UOCRA we work interdisciplinary when we talk about workers health and safety. With this premise, we begin by describing different general risk factors, linking them to the stages of manufacture of prestressed concrete parts. After that, we analyze occupational diseases at work in these plants, and the sub records that currently exist and are shown in the statistics. It is, therefore, that we must work strongly in knowing the work processes, analyzing from its ergonomics to the materials until the waste generated and the impact on the workers health, in the medium and long term. We also emphasize the importance of the statement of risks by employers and conducting regular medical checkups, as a prevention tool for quality of future life. Finally, we describe the different risks that arise in the construction process of the different pieces of prestressed concrete, this last module seeks to think and propose protection and prevention measures, which are recommended to apply in the manufacturing process, mainly, taking care of workers health.
In the framework of the SRT Resolution 1642/09, activities of the Program aimed at companies with high accidents rates, continue in the City of Buenos Aires and the Province of Córdoba.
Within the framework of the Comprehensive Training Programme developed by UOCRA, CAMARCO and audited by SRT, training actions aimed at building workers in construction companies with high accidents rates continued. In this regard, training actions were held at UOCRA and Department of Health and Safety at Work (SST) headquarters in the City of Buenos Aires and in UOCRA - Córdoba, Capital. Some contents developed are: Prevention of Occupational Risks Act N° 24557 Decree 911 of Health and Safety for the Building Industry Rights and Obligations of SRT, ART, Employers and Workers. Personal Protective Equipment: items according to tasks and risks, wear and care. Occupational Hazards at height: Use of PPE according to the task, lifeline and anchor points, stairs and working platforms. Working specific tasks of railways; movement of loads and others. Such actions will be concentrated in companies with the highest accident rates in the City of Buenos Aires and in the Provinces of Buenos Aires and Córdoba which are audited by Superintendency of Occupational Risks [SRT].
Our Secretary-General of UOCRA, Gerardo Martínez, participated in the presentation of the "index of inflation of workers", which was carried out in the framework of the formal launch of the Statistical Institute of Workers (IET). With the development of the new indicator, it is expected that each trade union can have reliable numbers on the evolution of prices and their impact on workers of each activity. This initiative is developed by the Statistical Institute of Workers (IET), institution driven by the Center of Innovation of Workers (CITRA), which conducts the Metropolitan University of Labour (UMET) together with researchers of The National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET). The launch event, which took place in the UMET Auditorium, was attended by leaders from over 45 trade unions belonging to CGT and CTA, which agreed in highlighting the strategic value of the production of knowledge The Secretary-General of the Building Workers Union of the Republic Argentina (UOCRA), Gerardo Martínez, participated in the meeting and welcomed the initiative. "There is an evolutionary process of the trade union movement that allows us to grow and take specific definitions in relation to the power in Argentina. However, when we had to discuss collective bargaining negotiations we used reputable numbers but provided by third parties. The scientific part was a pending issue" emphasized Martinez.