This new material let us work to improve working conditions in construction-related activities; developed by building workers working in the plants of pre-stressed and reinforced concrete, among others.
This document contains a compilation of current Legislation including Laws, Decrees and related Resolutions applicable to the Building Industry in the Republic of Argentina, which must be respected and applied to ensure proper conditions of Health, Safety and Environment of building workers. It has been developed to obtain the necessary legal knowledge concerning the Working Conditions and Environment (Cymat) and apply them in the Reinforced Concrete, Pre-stressed Concrete Plants and others where performing maintenance tasks as well as in new works. Law 19587 is just at the beginning of the document, National Act of Health and Safety at Work. It establishes establishments and operations that should be applied to the provisions, the objectives of all technical standards, rights and obligations of the Employer, such as the provision of a safe and healthy work environment and the required Personal Protective Equipment, and the rights and obligations of Workers. Below, is Decree N ° 351/79, Regulatory Decree of Law 19587, which addresses the general provisions concerning establishments, the benefits of Medicine and Hygiene and Safety at Work, Hygiene conditions and Safety at Work, such as occupational environments, minimums and maximums of heat load, radiation, ventilation, lighting and color noise and vibrations, among other considerations applicable to the industry, which must necessarily be addressed. Next, Decree N ° 1338/96, where Medicine Services and Health and Safety at Work are set, creating the figure of Equivalent Workers to calculate the minimum monthly hours attendance of College Graduates in Health and Safety at Work which establishments should have, as well as the allocation of the Occupational Health and Safety Technicians. Finally, we find in this document, the resolution N° 295/03, in which technical specifications on ergonomics and manual lifting of loads are approved, as well as radiation, modifying aspects of the Decree N ° 351/79 and overriding resolution N° 444/91 - MTSS. Technical specifications on ergonomics, work-related musculoskeletal disorders and good practices of manual lifting of loads are included. This manual is useful to know and inform us about the Current Legal Regulations related with our industry, which together with the training in health and safety are complementary so we work every day generating appropriate working conditions to avoid accidents as well as occupational diseases, being the Employer, who must implement the necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of building workers and their families welfare.
Representatives of the main political forces, trade union organizations and religious creeds led a mobilization to the Court Square in order to support policies to fight against drug trafficking and to preserve life. Mayors and legislators from various localities of the country belonging to the Peronist Party, the ruling Coalition Cambiemos and Frente Renovador participated in the march, together with over a thousand building workers in UOCRA institutional representation. The mobilization was simultaneously carried out with a plenary meeting of judges and federal prosecutors convened to define actions aimed at improving and streamlining the procedures in cases of drug trafficking UOCRA and communal leaders who signed the Pact of San Antonio de Padua, a commitment of ten premises, inspired by the spiritual guidance of Pope Francis, including consensus to fight against the scourge of drug trafficking, drove this initiative. The Pact of Padua is committed to accompany the latest papal encyclical Laudato Si content and also includes agreements to fight against poverty, trafficking, domestic violence, environmental damage, malnutrition and child abuse, among other issues, being ratified by more than 50 mayors and legislators from different political backgrounds across the country some days ago.
Building Workers Union (UOCRA) General Secretary referred to the jobs lost due to the status of public works in the activity. "This situation must be quickly solved because people cannot remain without a job," he said.
Building Workers Union (UOCRA) General Secretary Gerardo Martínez, said today that "around 25,000 building workers are owed pay back, without taking into account 15,000 seasonal workers". Martinez gave these figures when radio Con Vos (With You) asked him about how many jobs were lost, lower figures than the ones released by the Argentinean Chamber of the Building Industry who estimated them at 30,000. In this regard he noted that "every new Government has a margin of manoeuvre to observe the general situation in the construction of public works". "What struck me most- he said - is that meanwhile the decision to freeze payments, without the need of understanding with pragmatic, realistic attitude in those endeavors, there are people, there are workers who need to go on living, because his work is the only resource they have". In that regard he explained that "I think there is lack of management, criteria of solidarity or commitment with what the State ought to be as regards public policies to maintain the culture of work". The unionist said that "there I have a dichotomy, between the room for manoeuvre that a new Government has or perhaps there are officials who don't realize that driving the State is something important and that works have hundreds of thousands of workers". "This situation must be quickly solved – he added - because people cannot remain without a job and we are going to fight beside people" After pointing out that "we are going through circumstantial times", he clarified that "we are not seeking conflict, we do not want conflict". When he was asked about how much they think to claim in collective bargaining negotiations, Martinez pointed out that "most of the trade unions are claiming for an average 30 per cent and I do not think that anybody can consider anything under that percentage". Finally, he showed himself in favour of a "renewal in Peronism, but with debate, without sectarianism or fanaticism". Source Télam
Survey of working conditions in the works of housing within Plan PROCREAR continues in Parque Patricios, in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.
In order to verify Working Conditions and Environment (Cymat), UOCRA - Capital, together with the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) developed these tasks in the works for the construction of the housing project within Plan PROCREAR. In this housing project there will be built about 3000 units, surrounded by Miravé, Luna, Monasterio Suárez, Lafayette streets; commune 4 in this city. Property is located between Huracán Football Stadium and and "Buenos Aires" train station. Works are currently in different stages of works, such as excavation and concrete, where over 3 floors have been already built. Also, the construction of a hypermarket, paving of streets and initial, primary and secondary level schools are part of this project. We have surveyed 5 major construction companies around the neighborhood. These joint actions are aimed at early detection of occupational risks at different stages and work for its quick adjustment and thus reduce the chance of accidents and improve working conditions. All survey tasks were coordinated with UOCRA - Capital and the works’ body of delegates.
UOCRA, through their Sectionals and Delegations in the province of Santa Cruz, and after the completion of multiple assemblies of workers, decided to deepen their claims and protests, situation arising from the unrest with the company Austral Construcciones which paralyzed their works in progress, affecting the jobs of more than 1,800 building workers who also are owed wages and additional holidays bonus. UOCRA Santa Cruz, when decreed the state of alert and permanent mobilization in the province, decided to deepen their claims and forceful measures, which began in the last late December, with direct action through blocking over 13 towns accesses in this province. Our union leaders for the cities of Caleta Olivia, Perito Moreno and Puerto Deseado (Cristian Salazar), Piedra Buena (Rubén Molina and Mateo Suarez) and Río Turbio (Angel Lopez) are leading the protests along with affected workers and Trade Union action extends to the towns of Las Heras, Gobernador Gregores, Pico Truncado, Puerto San Julián and Río Gallegos , among others. Forceful measures, initiated in December, increased as a consequence of failure to comply with a schedule of payments agreed with the company Austral Construcciones. UOCRA intends to continue with its trade union action plan to ensure the continuity of the jobs of affected workers, the payment of wages owed and continuity of the works halted.
Survey actions, dissemination and awareness of working conditions, protection and prevention measures in the works of the City of Tucumán
Within the framework of the Programme on Management and Work’s Inspection of working conditions, the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), together with UOCRA Tucuman and IERIC (Statistical Institute of the Construction Industry) carried out survey actions of working conditions and verification of employment registration of workers in those works. These surveys are aimed at early detection of any breach related to inappropriate working conditions and environment in the works; civil works (masonry, excavations, concrete and electricity) applied to Multifamily Housing at different levels. Trade Union action, within the framework of Act 23551, allows us to raise awareness and incorporate Working Conditions and Environment (Cymat) improvement through union actions and technical support. IERIC actions are carried out in compliance with the law 22250, for the purposes of continue formalizing the construction activities and at the same time strengthen social rights, which are involved in these activities. The tasks were carried out among UOCRA technical teams belonging to the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) and the IERIC.