Category: Occupational Safety and Health

IUF Global Sugar Program and KUSPAW: Workers’ Memorial Day in the Sugar Industry of Kenya: 22-28 April 2014

We remember the dead. We fight for the living.

On Workers’ Memorial Day unions mourn those who died in preventable accidents and those who are injured or disabled at work or suffer ill health because of their work. Workers’ Memorial Day is also to mobilise for improvements to protect the living.

The IUF Global Sugar …

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Nicaragua: One dead, three wounded in chronic kidney disease protests

On Saturday 18 January, reports the Spanish El País, the Nicaraguan police attacked hundreds of former cane cutters, who were peacefully demonstrating near the Ingenio San Antonio in Chichigalpa, in support to their demands for compensation for the chronic kidney disease, insuficiencia renal in Spanish. One dead and three wounded were the result of the …

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Kenya: Cane Yard, stagnant water and Malaria in a sugar factory: What’s the cost?

It’s common to hear that Occupational Safety and Health issues (OSH) are everyone’s responsibility. Paraphrasing Orwell’s Animal Farm, however, sometimes it feels like it’s more the responsibility of some than of everybody. For some, it’s the suffering of health ailments that might greatly affect their quality of life; for others, it might be only a …

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Kenya: OSH research, policy documents and IUF’s OFW Agenda in Kenya

As a result of a truly inclusive process, which started in September 2007 and has involved about one hundred KUSPAW grass-root members, the workshop held from November 4-6, gathered thirteen delegates from KUSPAW branches to hear reports on research conducted by KUSPAW members and to discuss two main OSH union documents, which have been under …

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Fiji: Sugar worker dies of burns at the Lautoka mill

Early in the morning of Thursday 25 July, the bottom cone of a pressure vessel collapsed, says the Fiji Sugar and General Workers Union (FSGWU), and a worker was splashed with very hot cane juice. The worker, Samuela Sigatokacake, suffered severe burnings in 60 percent of his body, and was taken to the Intensive Care …

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Occupational Health and Safety in the Sugar Industry of Kenya – A Special Publication of the IUF Global Sugar Program.

This Special Publication presents information on the activities on Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) in the sugar industry in Kenya, developed by the IUF Global Sugar Program and the Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation Workers (KUSPW) in the context of the IUF Sugar Project in East and Southern Africa running from October 2007 to September …

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Kenya: Workshop on Occupation Health and Safety Standards in the Sugar Industry of Kenya

Thirty-three delegates representing ten branches of the Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation Workers (KUSPW) gathered from 29 -31 August at the Tom Mboya Labour College in Kisumu to discuss KUSPW policy on Occupational Health and Safety Standards in the sugar sector, and to outline an action plan for the joint work of the IUF Global …

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Kenya: KUSPW develops Training Workshops in coordination with Nzoia Sugar

From 30 July-3 Aug. 2012 the IUF-affiliated union, KUSPW, in coordination with Nzoia Sugar Company organized a five-day “train the trainers” workshop  for leaders of the so-called Study Circles, an Advanced Course on Conflict Prevention Programme. A total of 16 worker representatives, which included four women, in addition to two management staff participated in the …

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US: Imperial Sugar fined on 2008 explosion at its Savannah refinery

Texas-based Imperial Sugar Company (ISC) will pay USD 6.05 million in safety and health violations fines in relation to the 7 February 2008 explosion that killed 14 workers and injured an additional 36 at its refinery in Port Wentworth, Savannah, Georgia.

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Kenya: OHS Activities in the Sugar Sector

A two-week program successfully completed the first phase of the work with KUPSAW focussed on health and safety issues in the sugar sector of Kenya, under the IUF Global Sugar project in East and Southern Africa. Tangible results have been achieved in the 2007-2010 period, benefitting thousands of sugar workers. Quite probably, the main impact …

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