28 April 2017: Unsafe and unfair

Every 15 seconds, a worker dies from a work-related accident or disease. Every 15 seconds, 153 workers have a work-related accident. Every day, 6,300 people die as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases – more than 2.3 million deaths per year.

317 million accidents occur on the job annually. At least 160 million workers are affected by occupational diseases every year — most of them, due to exposure to chemical agents. Occupational stress and strain injuries also claim a phenomenal toll, making up the largest occupational health challenges in many workplaces.

These figures hide a more worrying reality: Deaths or illnesses are not distributed equally across society. Gender, race and class discrimination make some workers more vulnerable than others.

This April 28, the international labour movement is calling on everyone to reflect on these discriminations and unite workers in a massive call for actions, large and small, to highlight health and safety for all.