Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Launch of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) ‘Stop the Pandemic at Work’ Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Campaign

20 April 2020

More than 2.4 million people have been infected coronavirus worldwide. The number has increased day by day, and there is no indication that the spread of infection will subside.  While everyone is affected by the crisis, many workers are on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19.

International Workers’ Memorial Day (28th April) will be held in support of all these courageous workers and in remembrance of the people who have died or become sick or injured while doing their job.  The focus this year is of course the global COVID-19 pandemic ‘Stop the Pandemic at Work’ OHS campaign to show our appreciation for workers on the frontline.

Here are some suggestions for activities, and how to spread solidarity message for doctors, nurses, carers, emergency services workers, delivery workers, warehouse workers, cleaners, supermarket staff and everyone else keeping us safe and stocked all the time. 

1.   Solidarity in Action - Stop the Pandemic at Work
The overwhelming majority of union activities on April 28 will be virtual and your photos will represent the power, the solidarity and the commitment of union members everywhere to safety at work.
 Please provide the following information:

(i)      What actions have been taken by unions to protect their members and families from COVID-19; and/or

(ii)    How your unions are helping members and communities cope with the crisis (e.g., giving relief goods) 

2.  For frontline workers who are ‘Saving Lives - Staying Safe’, please send a photo in your protective apparel or how your workplace is practicing social distancing safely to ‘Stop the Pandemic at Work’ with a message, for example, “Part of the team that’s saving lives and staying safe on #iwmd20”,Together we can #StopthePandemicAtWork”, #OHSisnotoption”, etc.

3.  For all workers, to show your solidarity to ‘Stop the Pandemic at Work’ and send a photo of a candle you light in your homes or workplaces in solidarity with frontline workers making our lives possible with a message, for example, “Shining a light on all those who are working to #StopthePandemicAtWork”,Thank you to all frontline workers on #iwmd20”, etc.

4.  For union officials, hold a sign with a list of support measures you have negotiated to ‘Stop the Pandemic at Work’ with a message, for example, “Unions in action #StopthePandemicAtWork”,Fighting for Paid sick leave, Safe workplaces, Job guarantees #iwmd20, #OHSisnotoption”, etc.

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