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International indsats mod arbejdsrelaterede dødsfald

Torsdag 28. april offentliggør den europæiske fagforeningssammenslutning ETUC et manifest om at ingen skal dø af at gå på arbejde.
Enhedslistens medlem af EU-Parlamentet, Nikolaj Villumsen, er en af de 69 internationale medunderskrivere af manifestet.

Manifest om Zero Deaths at Work fra den europæiske fagforeningssammenslutning, ETUC.
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Zero Death at Work.

Under den overskrift offentliggør den europæiske fagforeningssammenslutning ETUC i dag et manifest.

Den triste baggrund for manifestet er, at der hver eneste dag er mindst 12 europæiske arbejdere der ikke har overlevet arbejdsdagen. Desværre stopper farene ved at gå på arbejde ikke ved de direkte arbejdsrelaterede ulykker, der kanvære klare at identificere. I tillæg hertil dør 100.000 europæere hvert år af arbejdsrelaterede sygdomme, for eksempel efter at have været udsat for asbest eller farlige kemikalier.

Hvor meget nogen end måtte ønske det, går problemet ikke væk af sig selv, Derfor kalder en række højtprofilerede politikere, fagforeningsfolk og eksperter nu på handlinger – herunder at forebyggelse af død på arbejdet må være en klar prioritet for den næste EU-Kommission og det næste EU-parlamentet, der begge skal tiltræde i 2024. Dette må bygge videre på det enorme arbejde, der allerede foregår på området.

 

Underskriverne

Enhedslistens medlem af EU-Parlamentet, Nikolaj Villumsen, er en af de 69 underskrivere af ETUC’s manifest. Medunderskriverne inkluderer fagforeningsfolk og politikere fra en række lande, så som Morten Skov Christiansen fra FH og de svenske ministre med ansvar for arbejde, Johan Danielsson og  Eva Nordmark.

 

Læs manifestet

Manifestet og listen over de 69 underskrivere kan findes på ETUC’s hjemmeside eller ved at klikke lige her:

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Hvad vi kræver

Manifestets ordlyd (på engelsk) er som følger:

People go to work to make a living – to provide for themselves, their family and their loved ones.

Every working day across the European Union twelve working people do not come home from work – because they have died at work. Far from earning a living, work has killed them, and their families suffer emotionally, financially and in many other ways.

Today on International Workers Memorial Day – when we remember those killed or injured at work – we urge the European Union, member state governments and employers to bring an end to deaths at work.

Zero death at work is not a utopian dream. The trend in fatal workplace accidents is down and eradication of fatal accidents is achievable.

But while fatal accidents are declining, occupational diseases are increasing. Some 100,000 workers die every year from occupational cancer due to exposure to hazardous substances. Long working hours and psychological pressure at work cause heart-disease, stroke, depression, and suicide. Bad posture, repetitive movement and heavy lifting cause backpain and other ‘musculoskeletal’ disorders and in turn cause depression and people being unable to work.

New challenges for health and safety are posed by extreme weather and temperatures from climate change, and new forms of work away from the traditional workplace such as rapidly increasing work from home and platform work. COVID has shown that the workplace is a major source of contagion, has led to the death of many thousands of workers, and we must be better prepared in work and elsewhere for future pandemics.

The EU’s current health and safety strategy says “All efforts must be deployed to reduce work-related deaths as much as possible, in line with a Vision Zero approach to work-related deaths”. This is good, but the actions promised in it will not achieve zero deaths.

We call on the European Union, its member state governments, and employers to genuinely commit, and take the actions needed, to achieve zero death at work. Europe needs much more to “walk the walk” than “talk the talk”.
This means a concerted joined-up effort to:

• Prevent workplace accidents and occupational diseases, stopping exposure to hazardous including cancer-causing substances and be ready for pandemic
• Make physical and mental health of workers the point of departure when organizing work and designing the workplace.

This will require action at EU, national, sectoral and company level, with legislative as well as other initiatives involving trade unions and employers: including increased education, training, monitoring prevention, protection, reporting, inspection, enforcement and penalties.

We expect and demand such action to be delivered by the next European Commission and European Parliament from 2024, in addition to the legislative action to be taken by the Commission in the current term.

Zero deaths by 2030.

 

Mere om manifestet

Du kan også læse Nikolaj Villumsens kommentar til historie i A4 Arbejdsmiljø om manifestet: Danskere i europæisk appel: Stop de dødelige arbejdsulykker

 

 

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