Category: Health and Safety

Kenya: IUF Global Sugar Program successfully ends two-year project with KUSPAW

On 20-22 August a workshop held by the IUF Global Sugar Program successfully finalise a two-year project on Occupational Safety and Health with the Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation Agricultural Workers Union (KUSPAW), which focused on the policy and political aspects of safety and health, moving the union towards a meaningful engagement with management on …

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Kenya: OSH Workshop by KUSPAW West Kenya (Kabras) Branch

The Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation and Allied Workers (KUSPAW) through its national office and the Kabras Branch in coordination with the management of the West Kenya Sugar Company held a workshop to look at constituting the company’s Joint Safety Committee, writes Norbert Oloo, KUSPAW education officer. The workshop is a result of the ongoing …

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Pakistan: Sindh Sugar Workers Federation on the Chashma tragedy

On 27 May, the Sindh Sugar Mills Workers Federation issued an statement on the tragedy that saw ten people died at the Chashma sugar mills in DI Khan. The statement reiterates, from the workers’ viewpoint, two major faults in the sugar sector of Pakistan.

First is the environmental issue. The Federation says: “The discharging of …

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Pakistan: Ten died because of untreated distillery effluents at Chashma Sugar

Reports of this Pakistani sugar tragedy are depressingly graphic. On 2 May, a girl walks over a wooden board to cross a drain through which the untreated effluents from an ethanol distillery run. She slipped and fell in the drain, probably because of inhaling the toxic vapors emaniting from the effluents. Her mother and a friend jumped to …

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Kenya: IUF Sugar/KUSPAW Mobilising for Safety and Health in the Sugar Sector

April 28  International Workers’ Memorial Day!

A week-long program of activities in five sugar estates in Kenya ended successfully on April 28 with a march along the main road leading to the Nzoia Sugar factory in Bungoma, Western Province. The march, greeted warmly by the local population, was the closing act of an Occupational Health …

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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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