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    ANROEV OSH RIGHT NEWSLETTER Issue No. 52, July to September 2021

    October 19, 2021 in Latest News, OSHRights, SlideShow, Top News

    OSH RIGHT NEWSLETTER ISSSUE 52, July to September 2021

    Please find the OSH Right Newsletter Issue No. 52, July to September 2021 . Thank you all for your contribution,OSH RIGHT NEWSLETTER 52 Cover page

    ANROEV STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY WITH AMRC & HONGKONG TRADE UNIONS

    September 27, 2021 in Latest News, SlideShow, Top News, Victim Story

    ANROEV’S STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY WITH AMRC & HONGKONG TRADE UNIONS

     

    The Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims (ANROEV), a coalition of victims’ groups, trade unions and other labour groups across Asia, all committed to the rights of Victims and for overall improvement of health and safety at the workplace is deeply anguished at the developments in Hongkong. The recent attack on the Trade Unions and organisations working towards the welfare of labour is strongly condemnable. The political changes in Hongkong in the recent past have had major implications to the labour. The workers who have been already at a receiving end with the growing marginalisation in the context of informalisation, union busting and restrictions and suffering a huge set back with the pandemic are now facing a threat of complete elimination of their rights. Unions and organisations working for their welfare and fighting for their entitlements are shutting down their operations because of the strong-arm techniques of the state machinery.

    While the entire world is witnessing shrinking civic spaces and many governments in Asia are restricting several democratic rights of their citizens and severely misusing the scare of the pandemic, the introduction of the National Security Law in Hong Kong in June 2020 has almost become a death-knell for the thriving democratic institutions in Hongkong. This has led to several Unions, including the popular Teachers Union, Free Trade Union and civil society organisations like the Asia Monitor Resources Centre (AMRC) to sadly close their operations and disband.

    With this joint statement, we stand with the Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC) which has been in the forefront of enabling victims of occupational and environmental accidents and exposure to pollution and stress. Its efforts to enable their solidarity across Asia has been commendable. We also express solidarity with the Hong Kong labour movement in their struggle for more equal and democratic Hong Kong.

     

    Ram Charitra Sah

    ANROEV Coordinator

    Mobile/WhatsApp: +977=9803047621

    Email: anroev@gmail.com

    Web: www.anroev.org

     

    Date: 21st September 2021

     

    ENDORSED BY

     

    Center for Public Health and Environmental Development (CEPHED), Kathmandu, Nepal

    Environics Trust, India

    Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation  (OSHE foundation), 6-A/1-19 Mirpur, Dhaka-1216, Bangladesh

    The International Campaign for Responsible Technology (ICRT) , San Jose, CA  95112 USA

     Peoples Training and Research Centre (PTRC), India

    India Ban Asbestos Network, New Delhi, India

    Todd Jailer, Hesperian Health Guides

    Japan Occupational Safety and Health Resource Center (JOSHRC)

    Asian Ban Ban Asbestos Network (ABAN)

    The International Ban Asbestos Secretariat endorses this statement.

    Good Electronics Network

    Families Against Corporate Killers, FACK from UK

    Susanna CAMUSSO, Head of international Policy, CGIL, Corso d’Italia 25, 00198 Roma

    Dr. Guenther Kittel , ppm Research, Consulting/ Health Work Environment, Auatria

    Kathy Jenkins, Secretary, Scottish Hazards

    Thora Brendstrup , AAA Denmark

    Gerhard Elsigan , ppm Linz , Austria

    European Work Hazards Network (EWHN)

    Yvonne Waterman, President, European Asbestos Forum Foundation

    UK Hazards Campaign

    Greater Manchester Hazards Centre

    Surya Ferdian, Local Initiative for OSH Network (LION), Indonesia

    Dr. Ashish Mital, Labour Resource Center, India

    Union Aid Abroad- APHEDA

    Ecological Alert and Recovery -Thailand (EARTH)

    Council of Work and Environment Related Patient`s Network of Thailand (WEPT)

    Ban Asbestos Network Korea (BANKO),

    Asian Citizen`s Center for Environment and Health (ACCEH), Korea

     

     

     

     

    Malaysia designates COVID-19 as occupational disease

    April 8, 2020 in Latest News

    Malaysia designates COVID-19 as occupational disease

    Employees who are infected with COVID-19 due to direct exposure to the disease from their nature of work can now claim for compensation.
    By: | April 8, 2020
    Topics: Malaysia | News

    Malaysia’s Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) has moved to clarify that COVID-19 is recognised as an occupational disease under the country’s Employment Social Security Act 1969.

    “The Social Security Organisation recognises the impact of pandemics such as COVID-19 not only to the health of workers, but also to the financial, social and wellbeing of individuals and the nation,” said SOCSO in a Facebook post. “Workers may be affected due to their nature of work, which increased their risk to infection, such as frontline workers, or it may affect workers in relation to their employment, such as from exposure to infected persons while doing their work.”

    Highlighting that it has already addressed infections such as SARS and COVID-19 in the Fifth Schedule of  the Employment Social Security Act 1969 as an occupational disease, SOCSO confirmed that employees who contract COVID-19 due to direct exposure as a result of the nature of their work can claim for compensation. Similarly, employees who are infected due to their exposure arising out of, and in the course of their employment, will be covered under the Employment Injury Scheme. This applies for both the Employees’ Social Security Act 1969 and the Self Employment Social Security Act 2017 (Act 789).

    Additionally, patients who are infected from any other source and sustain permanent disablement, causing invalidity or death, may also be compensated through the Invalidity Pension Scheme of the Employees’ Social Security Act 1969.

    SOCSO’s move comes after a group representing 51 different work unions and societies called for the Malaysian government to recognise COVID-19 as an occupational disease to allow public assistance in the event of infection or worse. Prominent among the group of 51 signatories are the Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC), Workers Hub For Change (WH4C), MTUC Sarawak, the PKNS Union, and the National Union of Flight Attendants (NUFAM).

    The group also pushed for laws compelling employers to provide safe working environments for their staff. Employers should, said the group, be legally bound to provide a safe environment, including safety from infection via human to human contact at the workplace from diseases like COVID-19.

     

    https://hrmasia.com/malaysia-designates-covid-19-as-occupational-disease/

    Uruguay becomes first country to ratify ILO Convention 190

    January 22, 2020 in Latest News

    Uruguay is the first country in the world to ratify the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Convention 190, which recognizes that violence and harassment in the world of work can constitute a human rights violation.

    The new Convention and Recommendation were adopted at the International Labour Conference in June, 2019. The Convention recognizes that violence and harassment are a threat to equal opportunities and are unacceptable and incompatible with decent work.

    The government of Uruguay submitted the ratification bill to Parliament in September 2019, and the House of Representatives unanimously adopted the bill on 17 December 2019, making Uruguay the first ILO Member State to ratify C190.

    “As it has now ratified the ILO Convention, Uruguay will have to adopt an inclusive, integrated and gender-responsive approach to preventing and eliminating violence and harassment in the world of work. This will apply to both the private and public sectors, to the formal and informal economy, and in both urban or rural areas,”said an official statement released by the Office of the President of Uruguay.

     

    The statement also said that legislation will require employers to take appropriate steps to prevent violence and harassment in the world of work.

    The ratification process was facilitated by the fact that Uruguay already has laws in place to address some of the issues covered by C190, such as legislation on sexual harassment in the workplace and concerning student-teacher relationships, as well as on gender-based violence against women.

    In November last year, IndustriALL Global Union launched a campaign to encourage affiliates to work together to ensure the ratification of the Convention and incorporation into domestic law. Through the gender office of Uruguay’s central union PIT-CNT, IndustriALL’s affiliates in Uruguay were actively involved in the tripartite talks on the ratification process. Gender office representative and UNTMRA member Fernanda Ceballos says on the recent ratification:

    “We promoted the ratification of C190 in Uruguay from the gender equality and diversity office of PIT-CNT. We have worked on the issue of sexual harassment and zero tolerance of violence in the workplace for a long time, and we are very aware of the issue of raising awareness with the different unions through workshops on gender violence.

    “In turn, we work on gender clauses, in conjunction with companies and the labour ministry. Once C190 was ratified, we held assemblies with UNTMRA to inform people of its scope. Many workers affiliated with UNTMRA have faced  of sexual harassment at work, so we believe that ratification is very important to fight for a world of violence-free work.”

    IndustriALL’s regional secretary, Marino Vani, says:

    “Convention 190 is an important tool for fighting discrimination and inequality in the workforce. We congratulate our affiliates in Uruguay for their tireless efforts to tackle gender-based violence, and the government for ratifying the new convention, which will help to create a world of work that is free of violence and harassment.”

    Source : http://www.industriall-union.org/uruguay-becomes-first-country-to-ratify-ilo-convention-190

    Keraniganj factory fire (Bangladesh): Death toll rises to 11

    December 12, 2019 in Latest News

    Ten employees including an engineer, who were severely burnt in yesterday’s factory fire in Keraniganj, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital today.

    With this, the death toll from the fire at the plastic factory in Hijoltola area, on the outskirts of Dhaka, raised to 11.

    Ten of the deceased identities were found out of 11.

    Yesterday, at least one worker was killed and 33 others were severely burnt in the fire. Ten of them suffered 100 percent burns and the rest have burns in at least 20 percent of their bodies.

    Of the injured, 10 workers died at the burn unit of the hospital between 2:00 am and 9:00 am, DMCH Resident Surgeon Dr Nabin told The Daily Star.

    One of the injured workers Zakir Hossain, 22, said the fire broke out at a room where eight cylinders of inflammable gas were kept. He added that there was a leak in the lines.

    Around 300 people worked in two shifts at Prime Patent Plastic Limited. Around 150 people, including many women, were working when the fire started, said Zakir, who has been working there for the last four years for a monthly salary of Tk 12,000.

    Police said the fire broke out around 4:15pm and engulfed the large tin shack quickly.

    The factory used to manufacture single-use plastic glasses and plates.

    Source : The Daily Star

    Link : https://www.thedailystar.net/country/news/keraniganj-fire-death-toll-rises-9-1839316

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