Brazil: 16 companies recognise OHS as a right

The BWI-affiliated Union of Carpenter Workers of Sao José Dos Pinhais (SOMSJOP) in Brazil signed a declaration with 16 wood companies urging the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to recognize healthy and safe workplaces as a fundamental right of all workers.

Of the 16 companies, 2 stood out because of their size and reach. The first, SIMOVEN is an employer union which represents 9 other wood companies. And the other one is Arauco, a multinational company. 

Under the union’s “Green April” campaign, which was part of BWI’s celebration of International Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April, SOMSJOP trooped to different wood companies, persuaded them to sign BWI’s “Declaration for Healthy and Safe Workplaces” and reminded them about the importance of providing their workers personal protective equipment (PPE) and improving protection measures to prevent workplace accidents and diseases. 

“The campaign was a great success. Even though the companies are extremely far from where our union is, we delivered in promoting occupational health and safety as a fundamental right of all workers,” SOMSJOP President Rita Assis said.