A safe and healthy working environment: a fundamental right

Seminar with trade unions from around the globe

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Last year, the International Labour Organization (ILO) included a safe and healthy working environment in its Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. It is now a fifth fundamental right, but what will be its impact on the workplace? We will discuss it with trade unionists from around the world.


9h Welcoming

9h30 -Introduction Werner Van Heetvelde (general secretary ABVV-AC)

9h45 -Why do trade unions and CSO’s need to work together – Bert Engelaar (AC- Vlaams Brabant)

9h50 – 10h45 – Session 1: Ensuring OSH within precarious work from a gender perspective: case domestic work.

– Florence Sosiba and Mary Nkonyana  (Representatives from the South-African trade union SADSAWU) 

-Issam Benali (federal secretary ABVV-AC)

10h45-11h00 Coffee break

 11h00- 11h50 -“Session 2: The impact of the social-economical context on OHS: case – building sector.”

Luís Villanueva and César Soberón (representatives from the Peruvian construction trade union FTCCP)

-Misael Rodríguez Llanes and Anabel de la Caridad Milian Veguería (representatives from the Cuban construction  tradeunion SNTC)

-Lisa Trogh (Advisor study department ABVV-AC)

11450-12h00 break

12h00-12h45 – “Session 3:  How universal social protection can be a pathway to more safe and healthy working environments – case garment industry.”

-Evangelina Argueta Chinchilla (Representative from the Honduran textile trade union RSMH)

– Marta Guadelupe Zaldaña Hernandez (Representative from the Salvadoran textile trade union FEASIES)

-Thomas Kanga-Tona  (The International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies, AIM)

13h00 Lunch

The seminar will be held in Spanish and English. We will provide simultaneous translations in both languages.

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