February 2012 posts
The International Commemoration Day (ICD) for Dead and Injured Workers, Workers’ Memorial Day, is a major event for trade unions around the world. This year's motto remains the same as last year - ‘Unions make work safer’ but a lot of the focus this year is on the need for strong regulation and enforcement as part of a holistic occupational safety and health system. Organised by the ITUC , the day is used to highlight the human cost of poor working conditions and campaign for decent work.
The Director of EU-OSHA, Dr Christa Sedlaschek, exchanged the rain of Bilbao for the snow of Stockholm to attend a high-level seminar along with Hillevi Engström, Arbetsmarknadsminister (Minister for work) and Mikael Sjöberg, Director-General of the Arbetsmiljöverket (Swedish Work Environment Authority), to discuss how working life and the work environment has to change and adapt to the new challenges facing Europe's citizens.