Thursday, April 28, 2005

Workers Memorial Day: Groups Air Concerns, Promote Safety Agendas

While Workers Memorial Day is an occasion for remembering those who have died in the workplace, for unions and other advocacy groups it's an opportunity to promote their agendas and voice their concerns on a day when the spotlight is on occupational health and safety.

The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, based in Brussels, Belgium, calls the day "an occasion for trade unions to examine the impacts of asbestos, ergonomics, HIV/AIDS, chemicals, psycho-social issues, violence at work and work in construction or by young workers as issues that reflect workplace management and uncaring employers." The organization also says it's an opportunity "to evaluate the responses of governments, small businesses and multi-national enterprises to these problems."

"It is clear that authorities and employers in several countries have adopted a passive, half-hearted attitude to the respect of workers' health," said Guy Ryder, general secretary for the organization. "Workers continue to die by the millions as governments remain lax in adopting legislation or ratifying [International Labour Organization] instruments that could solve the problem." (Via Occupational Hazards)

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