Argentina: More than a thousand companies recognise OHS as a right

Continuing BWI’s Global Alliance on Healthy and Safe Workplaces Campaign , the Construction Workers’ Union of the Republic of Argentina (UOCRA) signed 11 “health and safety declarations” with the country’s construction companies and employer groups recognising workplace health and safety as a fundamental right of all workers. 

UOCRA said that the declarations are extremely significant as they cover more than a thousand construction companies in Argentina. The union said that one of those that signed was the Health and Safety Commission of the Argentine Chamber of Construction (CAC), an employers’ organisation which alone is comprised of 1,300 construction companies.  

The Argentinian union credited its pioneering regional work in the creation and signing of COVID-19 protocols and preventive measures at different construction projects for the signed declarations with construction companies. 

In a note issued on the International Workers’ Memorial Day last 28 April, UOCRA stressed the need to invest more on resilient health and safety systems. 

“We claim the universal right of all to a safe and healthy work environment; free from harassment and violence. We promote, together with the international trade union movement, the incorporation of the rights to health as an ILO fundamental right and principle’’ UOCRA said.

The declarations are part of BWI and EFBWW’s global campaign to persuade the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to declare and recognise occupational health and safety (OHS) as a fundamental right of all workers. 

Signed declarations from different parts of the world will be collected and submitted to the ILO in time for its annual International Labour Conference in June. 

BWI and EFBWW said that through the declarations, they will demonstrate to the ILO that the call to recognise OHS as a right enjoys wide global support from unions and employers alike.