The Institute for Occupational Health and Safety for Development (IOHSAD) launched Women WORKSHOPS (Women to Work for Safety, Health, Organization and Policies) last October 22, 2015 at the Asian Social Institute in Manila. Women WORKSHOPS is a series of discussions among women workers, medical professionals, policy makers, labor and occupational health and safety (OHS) advocates aimed to identify, investigate and analyze current issues on women’s right to safe and healthy workplaces. This series of discussions also aims to empower women to confront, resolve health and safety issues at work and improve their working conditions.
During its first meeting, Women WORKSHOPS focused on the reproductive health issues faced by women workers in the electronics sector. Women committee leaders from NXP Semiconductors Workers’ Union and SMT Workers’ Union shared the working conditions and hazards in their respective workplaces.
Dra. Sylvia dela Paz, an obstetrician-gynecologist, women’s rights and health advocate joined the discussion and shared valuable insights and points on how workers can address the various reproductive health issues in the workplace. She stressed the need for further documentation of the identified cases of miscarriages and infertility among women workers. She also recommended an in-depth study of the chemicals used in the workplace and to seek help from experts to determine its effects on workers. read full article »
A non-government organization focusing on workplace health and safety condemned the Semirara Mining and Power Corporation (SMPC) for the death of nine workers last July 17, noting that the company is responsible for two cases of workers’ death under Pres. Benigno Simeon Aquino III’s presidency. read full article »
A workplace safety NGO expressed disappointment over Pres. Benigno Simeon Aquino III’s report on the Kentex fire tragedy which was presented to the media yesterday, claiming
the long-overdue report raised disturbing questions as to how the governmment gives importance to workers’ health and safety. read full article »
A health and safety organization said today that more than two weeks after the tragic Kentex fire which claimed the lives of more than 72 workers, the Aquino government has merely resorted to a media blitz with little action on the demands of the families and survivors for justice. read full article »
Violations of occupational health and safety standards committed by the management of Kentex Manufacturing, Inc. caused the death of the workers in the deadly fire in Valenzuela City last Wednesday. A total of 72 workers died and several others are still missing . It should be noted that 69 workers met their death in the second floor of the building. read full article »