It has been discovered that the former apartheid regime colluded with the mining giant, British Cape Asbestos Property Limited to run South African mines for another decade even though it impacted negatively on the workers' health. The company, which is now known as Cape Plc, has been sued by 6 500 South Africans who have contracted asbestosis.
Citing new data showing some 23 million workers
worldwide now infected with HIV/AIDS, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Juan Somavia plans to formally launch a pioneering Code of Practice on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work at the U.N General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS in New York on 25-27 June. The ILO Code of Practice will provide workers, employers and governments with new global guidelines - based on international labour standards - for addressing HIV/AIDS and its impact at the enterprise, community and national levels where most infections occur. It will also help boost efforts to prevent the spread of HIV, manage its impact, provide care and support for those suffering from its effects and staunch stigma and discrimination which arise from it.
Doctors and nurses in Nigeria Friday called off their 18-day strike action, called to protest against the government's failure to offer better conditions of service, according to report by the state-owned Federal Radio Corporation Network news.
Striking public workers in Zambia have scaled down their demands from a 100 percent pay hike to a "reasonable" salary increment, a union leader said Monday. "We have come down from our initial demand. We have asked the government to give us a reasonable offer," Darison Chaala, secretary general of the Civil Servants Union of Zambia, told AFP.
A three-week long strike by Zambian public sector workers has crippled hundreds of schools and hospitals and slowed the delivery of other key government services in this impoverished southern African country. However, a preoccupation with an unfolding political crisis that could see a parliamentary motion to impeach embattled President Frederick Chiluba being passed appears to have diverted official attention from the resultant social crisis.
How are hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) coping with the large number of children infected with HIV? Can hospital staff deal with the increasing workload? What can hospitals in the developed world do to help?
How is the HIV/AIDS epidemic affecting healthcare systems in developing countries? Can existing services cope? Two-thirds of people infected with HIV live in sub-Saharan Africa. Research by the UK Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine has examined the effect of high HIV prevalence on healthcare services in Kenya and South Africa.
Anaemia affects around two billion people worldwide. Pregnant women and children are the major groups at risk. The World Health Organisation (WHO)recommends anaemia screening for all pregnant women and has developed a simple Haemoglobin Colour Scale test. Can this test be used reliably in regions with limited resources? How effective is the WHO-recommended training programme?
Some 80000 striking state workers in Zambia vowed yesterday to pursue a work stoppage which has paralysed operations in ministries and hospitals if their pay demands were not met, a trade union leader said. Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) deputy president Japhet Moonde said union leaders presented their demands for a 100 percent pay hike to Vice President Enos Kavindele yesterday, as the strike entered its second week.
This week, Nairobi hosted an important workshop to discuss the International Labour Organisation's Maternity Protection Convention.
A striking feature of the meeting was the low-level of involvement by both the Government and the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu).
As one speaker reminded the participants, women - biologically the only ones equipped to carry and bear children - should not be penalised for this vital role. Thus the campaign to provide better maternity protection is not a women's issue. It is a social responsibility that should be borne by all. ILO Convention 183 aims to provide better working conditions and terms for expectant and nursing mothers, including adequate paid leave and protection from discrimination, and a working environment that may harm the health of mother and child.