28th April World Day for Safety and Health at Work

Fight for the Living - Mourn for the Dead
28th April World Day for Safety and Health at Work

Commemoration Ceremony
10.20am: Assemble at Argyle Place, corner of Argyle and Lygon Streets in Carlton (two blocks North of Trades Hall)
11.00am: There will be a minute’s silence at 11.00am
11.15am: There will be refreshments and guest speakers at Meeting Room 1, Trades Hall. The Victorian Trade Union Choir will again be performing at this year’s memorial event.

Work kills more people than wars.
2.2 million people die from work-related causes every year. That is one death in every fifteen seconds or six thousand a day, 750,000 women and 1,500,000 men.

And it injures and mutilates too. Almost 270 million accidents are recorded each year. These statistics dramatically underestimate the real situation, given the lack of information and reporting in many countries.

Most deaths, injuries and illnesses could be prevented, but they aren’t.
Workers Memorial Day is organised by the Victorian Trades Hall Council in conjunction with IDSA.

The theme for 2009 is Good Occupational Health for All Workers.
The key focus for Australian and Victorian unions is the National Review into Model OHS Laws. Unions are campaigning for the highest OHS standards for all workers and their representatives.

  • A new draft OHS law is due in August this year. This follows the second and final report of the Review Panel in January this year. All states will amend their OHS Act to reflect the Model law by December 2011.
  • Victorian unions are currently concerned that, under a new national OHS law:
    • Rights of OHS Reps would be reduced
    • Health & Safety Reps would have responsibilities and could be attacked in Courts
    • Employee rights to raise issues would be restricted
    • Risk assessment duties would only be found in regulations
    • Tripartism (government, unions and employer associations) will not be fully enacted and
    • Much of what we currently have in Victorian OHS law could be downgraded to a regulation – away from the greater public scrutiny of an Act.
  • Other areas of concern are onus of proof on employers, union right to prosecute and union right of entry to workplaces.

Unions are campaigning around Australia to protect and promote these rights to better achieve Good Occupational Health for All Workers.

What can your workplace do?

  • Put this flyer on your notice board
  • Send your OHS rep to the commemoration ceremony.
  • Talk to your workmates and observe a minute’s silence at your workplace at 11.00am on Tuesday 28 April.
  • Go to the AMIEU Health & Safety Reps website (http://meatiesohs.org) for more information and materials, information and support in developing your strategies to improve health and safety at your workplace

Union workplaces are safer workplaces
Work should provide a living, not cause a death