UGT demands greater protection of workers’ health in collective agreements

Ana García de la Torre, in her speech at the conference on “Collective Bargaining and Risk Prevention Work” organized by UGT Murcia, presented the Guide “Traditional provisions on occupational health and safety” to include in collective agreements and better protect workers. .

Prevention of occupational risks is a fundamental right of employees that should be recognized as such, and the Law on Prevention of Occupational Risks should be complemented and enriched by collective bargaining agreements. Therefore, the General Union of Workers and Workers has presented this Guide to include clauses in collective agreements that expand and improve the existing standard and add specificity to certain concepts to resolve multiple application conflicts. The guide includes examples of items related to occupational risk assessment, psychosocial risks, returning to work after cancer, protection against extreme weather, disconnection or remote work, among other topics.

The union demands important elements such as taking into account the gender perspective when conducting the risk assessment, a list of psychosocial and ergonomic risk factors that need to be evaluated, and a copy of the worker’s medical-work history. termination of employment relationship, improvement in prevention delegates’ hourly credits, or establishment of sectoral delegate figure.

The articles in the Guide should be included in collective agreements, either directly or by adapting to the reality of the company or sector. The important thing is that the legislation in this area is better regulated. The union considers that the temporary duration of contracts supports updated protection of safety and health, as it allows to take into account changes in the production system, applied technological innovations and even the emergence of new risks such as harassment. workplace morale, those resulting from the effects of Climate Change, or new diseases associated with the introduction of new technologies whose effects on workers’ health have not yet been adequately studied.

2022 will be quite dramatic

Ana García de la Torre stated that in 2021, the number of occupational accidents increased by 19% compared to 2020, and although fatal accidents decreased somewhat, according to our estimates, 2022 will be quite dramatic this year. The year is expected to end with more than 800 job deaths. And an average of two people continue to die every day. Unacceptable numbers that we as a society cannot abide by.

Therefore, the UGT Secretary of Occupational Health once again requested the Government to urgently call on the Social Dialogue desk to adopt agreed measures, such as strengthen the Labor Inspection, because if the Occupational Risk Prevention Act were followed there would be fewer accidents, involving psychosocial risks (heart attacks and a more ambitious Collision Plan against accidents, which also addresses the need to strengthen collective bargaining on this issue (as strokes remain the leading cause of death in the workplace).

► Guide: “Traditional provisions on occupational health and safety”

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