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Monday 4 May 2015

Workers'Memorial Day procession

 

Each year in advance of Workers’ Memorial Day — April 28 — a group in Philadelphia tries to tally every job-related death that occurred in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware the previous year.

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Monday 4 May 2015

The Abbott Government has announced changes which dilute the Building and Construction OHS Accreditation scheme. The scheme was put in place by the Howard Government following the Cole Royal Commissission in recognition of the high incidence of serious injuries and fatalities in the building and construction industry.

The Australian Strategy 2012-2022 developed by Safe Work Australia lists the building and construction industry as a national priority for prevention activities.

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Friday 1 May 2015

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Monday 27 Apr 2015

The Australian Financial Review, Monday 27 April 2015; page 5

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Thursday 16 Apr 2015

Despite a ban which makes it illegal to import asbestos into Australia, there are few obstacles in the way of the deadly substance being brought into Australia. Since the ban came into efferct in January 2004, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service has only prosecuted two businesses. If the Australian Government was serious about preventing the importation of asbestos, it would issue clear advice to the customs service to do its job and give it the resources it needs. Lives depend on it!

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Monday 13 Apr 2015

Read this interesting article with appeared in The Age newspaper on 12 April 2015 about people in inscure work having a heightenedrisk of health problems http://www.theage.com.au/national/health-problems-associated-with-intermittent-employment-undercut-jobactive-emphasis-on-shortterm-work-20150412-1mi4se.html

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Thursday 9 Apr 2015

The Cancer Council Australia is to host a forum on Monday 18 May 2015 at Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney to explre occupational cancer risks within Australia and abroad. Download the flyer here.

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Thursday 9 Apr 2015

In a disappointing move, the Abbott Government has blocked the participation of Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency CEO Peter Tighe at a technical workshop held last week in Geneva, Switzerland. The techical workshop was a prepatory meeting ahead of the Conference of Parties to the Rotterdam Convention to be held in May 2015. At the last conference of the Parties in 2011, the Australian Government played an active role in the campaign to have asbestos listed on Annexure 3 to the Rotterdam Convention.

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Wednesday 8 Apr 2015

The first meeting of the recently established working group on occupational violence held its first meeting on 8 April 2015. Unions related the incidence of occopational violence across a number of industries. Further updates to follow.

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Wednesday 8 Apr 2015

Recently, the Abbott Government has introduced its third Bill as part of its attack on injured workers covered by the Federal Comcare scheme. The Bills are intended to limit the number of successful claims and reduce benefits and entitlements of inured workers. If passed into law, the changes will also undermine the viability of the state workers' injury compensation schemes and lead to lower occupational health and safety standards.

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Wednesday 8 Apr 2015

In May 2015, the parties to the Rotterdam Covention will meet in Geneva. Once again,the Australian union movement is at the forefront of the global campaign against asbestos. Each year, many people around the global suffer an asbestos related disease contracted from exposure at the workplace and in the home. 

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Wednesday 8 Apr 2015

For information on events and activities in Australia, visit www.safeatwork.org.au/courses

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Wednesday 8 Apr 2015

28 April: Keep up to date on Twitter about global activities on international Workers Memorial Day #IWMD15. You can also read about global union activities by visiting 28April.org

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Tuesday 24 Feb 2015

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Friday 28 Nov 2014

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