Recognizing the accountability of governments and employers
in saving lives at work,
unions all over the world
are calling for the International Labor Organizations (ILO) to designate
workers’ health and safety
as a fundamental right.
Nevertheless, the action taken by trade unions
is just a reminder of a
pledge in the 2019 ILO
The issue on occupational
health and safety (OHS)
for all workers was unanimously adopted by governments, workers and
employers during the
108th session of the International Labor Conference (ILC).
Thus, in response
to these challenges the
ILO during its 100 years
founding anniversary, it
presented a roadmap for
a human-centered future,
dubbed as, a Centenary
Declaration for the Future
As a matter of urgency, the concern to elevate
health and safety to the
highest level of international labor standards was
the recommendation by
the Collegium Ramazzini,
the premier independent
international body of experts on OHS and environmental medicine.
The world’s foremost
experts in OHS categorically had cited in its reports
made available by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), stating among others, “hundreds
of millions of people worldwide are harmed each year
by their work. Millions
“This carnage is preventable but only if the
protection of workers
from harm is given high
priority and worker health
and safety is recognized
as a fundamental human
right,” added the Collegium Ramazzinin reports.
And to gain momentum to the decisions adopted during the ILC, the
world’s eminent experts
recommended that ILO
must act at the earliest
opportunity to recognize
OHS as an ILO Fundamental Right at Work (FRAW),
ideally at the 2021 ILO
Accordingly, the foremost experts on OSH decision were supported by
the London-based Society
of Occupational Medicine.
It urged the ILO Governing Body on its March
23 meeting to act expeditiously to progress the
decision made during the 2019 Centenary Conference with a view for inclusion of FRAW to the agenda of the 2021 ILC.
“Giving health and
safety the legal status,
it deserves will write a
historic wrong, and also
boost efforts to bring the
COVID-19 pandemic under control”, said the fiery statement from ITUC
General Secretary Sharan
The ITUC Burrow has
said, some employers and
even governments seem to
think that the costs of doing business can be trade
off against workers’ lives.
Bringing the issue
home. The Philippines
have ratified the Promotional Framework for OSH
Convention. The instrument of ratification has
already been deposited to
the ILO on June 17, 2019.
government has contributed to the ILO Centenary
Ratification Campaign, being one of the 52 countries
with new ratifications and
with instruments entering into force in 2019.
But sadly, the government has estimated that
17 of 18 persons in the nation’s workforce of 38.8
million Filipino workers
do not benefit from acceptable working conditions.
Studies have shown
that OSH conditions in
micro-firms and the informal sector pose risks and
hazards, the labor department data revealed.
Included in the campaign to ensure safety of
workers in the entertainment industry is the proposed measure filed by
TUCP Party-list Congressman Raymond DC Mendoza, the so-called Eddie
The legendary 90-yearold actor during the taping
of an upcoming television
series, Rosang Agimat accidentally tripped over a
cable, fracturing his neck
which left him in comatose, and 12 days after the
The issue of OSH is a
non-negotiable matter. Is
it a bane or boon?