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    OSH Rights Newsletter Issue No. 42

    May 24, 2018 in Latest News, OSHRights

    OSH Rights is a newsletter on occupational safety and health in Asia. It prepares by the ANROEV Secretariat. Apart from the newsletter, the ANROEV Secretariat will look after regular research on OSH issues, ANROEV’s presence in social media, events, campaigns, information sharing and regular interactions with the members. We look forward to your support and cooperation.

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    OSH Rights_ Newsletter Issue 42 January to March 2018

    Demand to Asian Governments for the Immediate Ratifications of ILO Convention 155

    April 28, 2018 in Latest News, Top News

    ANROEV Statement for International Workers’ Memorial Day 2018

    On April 28, a day of remembrance for workers who are killed, injured or disabled due to work, we the members of 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 raise our voices collectively for the ratification of the ILO convention 155 on Occupational Safety and Health and the working Environment. The ANROEV network is a grassroots network that is committed to the rights of victims and for overall improvement of health and safety at the workplace.

    Work-related disease and accidents are increasing due to OSH Rights violation at the workplace in Asia and poor working conditions kill a worker every 15 seconds across the globe.[i]   According to the ILO[ii] in 2017, OSH-related deaths totaled to 2.78 million workers per year and 317 million workers suffer from work-related injuries annually[iii] . The total cost of accidents, death and illnesses is conservatively estimated at four percent (4%) of the world GDP[iv].

    Asia is the highest contributor to these figures and constituted about two-thirds of the global work-related mortality in 2017. The overall development approach in the field of OSH in Asia is mainly focused on workplace accident, addressing occupational diseases is still not a priority. Occupational diseases (silicosis, asbestosis and occupational cancers and many more) are an invisible and imminent threat for workers in Asia. The absence of OSH Rights, social protection and just compensation for industrial accidents, injuries and diseases are pushing affected families deeper into poverty and making them vulnerable.

    Recent tragic workplace accidents in Asia such as Ali Enterprises [2012] in Pakistan, Tazreen Fire [2012] and Rana Plaza Tragedy [2013] in Bangladesh, Kentex factory fire [2015], HTI fire [2017] in the Philippines and the Fireworks factory explosion [2017] in Indonesia show consistently that health and safety of workers is not prioritised by employers or the enforcement authorities.  Victims specially women and young people are even further marginalised as they find it even harder to find long term unemployment or are forced to take precarious work that is low paid, unprotected and hazardous.

    Despite of the fact that large numbers of workers in different industries and workplaces are being exposed to deadly hazards and carcinogens, diagnosis of these occupational related illnesses and diseases takes a long time because of multitude reasons in the Asian region like lax laws, poor enforcement mechanisms, lack of skilled doctors to name a few. There is a dire need for medical practitioners who are adept and skilled in diagnosing occupational diseases and doctors on the ground who have access to workers and communities to make a timely diagnosis to ensure that workers receive swift treatment and compensation.

    OSH legislations are outdated (regressive) as these generally fail to keep in step with emerging workplace issues and non-standard forms of employment. In many cases, workers in the informal economy, domestic workers, migrant workers are not covered under the legislations. Enforcement of OSH legislations are equally a serious concern in Asia and require joint responses at national and regional level. Updated OSH legislation in the Asian region reflecting the nature of work in Asia is crucial to prevent workplace accidents and diseases and to ensure just compensation for victims.  The formulation of harmonisation of compensation systems and ratify ILO Convention 155 is an urgent need in Asia.

    On the International Workers’ Memorial Day 2018, ANROEV demands the governments in Asia ratify ILO Convention 155 to ensure workers’ rights for a safe and healthy workplace.

    Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims

    28.4.2018


    [i]https://www.ituc-csi.org/one-worker-dies-every-15-seconds

    [ii] http://www.ilo.org/global/topics/safety-and-health-at-work/lang–en/index.htm

    [iii] ILO, WSC-2017

    [iv] ITUC/AP Report

    Media Release: Rana Plaza Commemoration day, 2018

    April 26, 2018 in Latest News

    ‘Work together to bring justice and dignity’

    Tuesday, April 24 2018: Rana Plaza Accident Victims Rights Network, ANROEV, AMRC and OSHE Foundation paid tribute to the victims of the Rana Plaza tragedy on the occasion of the5th anniversary of the deadliest building collapse of an eight storied building in Asia that housed five apparel factories at Savar, that robbed the happiness of hundreds of families as their bread earners were either killed or permanently lost their ability to work. The search for the dead ended on 13 May 2013 with a death toll of 1,130. Approximately 2,500 injured people were rescued from the building alive.

    Paying tributeAround 100 survivors and members of the deceased famly of Rana Plaza Accident Victims Rights Network along with representatives of the ANROEV, AMRC, Suisse Solidar and OSHE Foundation representatives were present in the site to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in this tragedy.

    A human chain was formed demanding workers rehabilitation, social protection, and alternative employment opportunity for injured workers, medical support and legal justice for the victims through a coordinated way by the representatives of the victims’ rights network and its supporters. Victims demanded that ensuring fair compensation, social protection, medical treatment, rehabilitation and justice are still needed for the victims as they are in dire need of support.

    Asian Monitor Resource Center (AMRC) Programme Coordinator Omana Greorge, OSHE foundation Executive Director Repon Chowdhury, OSHE foundation Chairperson Saki Rezwana,  SOLIDAR SUISSE Regional Coordinator Sanjiv Pandita, ANROEV Coordinator, Federation of Garments Workers (FGW) General Secretary China Rahman and members of Rana Plaza Accident Victim’s Rights Network also joined in the programme.

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    Speakers at the human chain urged meaningful action for workers’ rights. They also called for transparency in the actions taken by the Government to address the needs of the workers, building safety and social protection of all industries in Bangladesh.

    Later in the afternoon, Rana Plaza Accident Victims Rights Network and ANROEV organized a discussion session on the compensation and rehabilitation status of Rana Plaza victims.

    Omana George said Rana Plaza Victims Network must be active to bring the justice and dignity. The network should fight for equal compensation.

    Sanjiv Pandita utter that victims network should organize as a group to fight against injustice.

    Repon Chowdhury spoke that victim network should transform as an institution for serving and supporting the members.

    One minute silenceAll of the speakers highlightened the urgent necessity of alternative employment for workers and social protection. At least 40 family members of the victims and injured workers took part in the discussion. They sought alternative employment opportunities, prompt and sustained medical treatment for the injured workers.

    DSC_4117Jewel Sarker, who was working at the 8th floor of Rana Plaza as sewing operator, demanded treatment for his eyes and alternative employment.

    Wahidul Islam, convener of Rana Plaza Accident Victims Network, urged to provide more support to accelerate the network for bringing justice.

    The demands of this tragic accident victims are yet to be properly settled.

    OSH Rights Newsletter, Issue 41, July-December, 2017

    February 26, 2018 in Latest News, OSHRights

    In this issue

    • ANROEV Conference
    • Feature
    • Update from Partners
    • Campaign and Support
    • Victim’s Story
    • Tribute
    • Statement/Media Release
    • Case Study/Report
    • Book/Publication/Film
    • Regional News
    • Article of Interest
    • Upcoming Event

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    The ANROEV biennial conference was held in Kathmandu, Nepal from September 19 to 21, 2017.

    November 5, 2017 in Latest News

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