Looking at the 8 working hours, workload issues (work overload, inability to distribute work, work carried home, antisocial work hours, leisure activities, time allocated to leisure) can affect health in the form of stress. Stress damages relations (as when one gets impatient with colleagues and overreacts) and also lowers one’s immune status. High stress levels can progress existing health conditions affecting quality of work, man-hours at work , income expenditure and at times the period of employment (early termination of work).
What happens when one does not feel adequately recognized, appreciated or have attention specially meant for them? (discussion)Find out about “solace” issues.
Wellness demands that one take active action to be well.
These are some of the work-related rights in the Constitution of the Republic of Zimbabwe.
How real is this right in Zimbabwe where we have a very high unemployment rate? What is the unemployment rate for Zimbabwe?When many professionals are on the street their presence on the street poses a threat of employment security for the employed as employer is spoilt for choice.More professionals then get contract employment which has no terminal benefits.Contract employment also threatens permanent workers because the contract workers accept below standard packages because that little money is a means of survival.Zimbabweans, do you have freedom of profession or occupation?
Talking of HIV, there is need to change issues related to breastfeeding. How feasible is it for a mother working away from home to exclusively breastfeed a baby for 6 months with an allowance of one hour away from work per day? What are the chances of an employed woman preventing mother to child transmission of HIV? How are working HIV+ women expected to contribute to the HIV free generation? The presence of crèches and nurseries at workplaces is a possible solution. Allow me to ask our government to spearhead this one by creating baby friendly workplaces.
Health, (WHO 1947) A state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Quality of food (a healthy plate) is highly dependent on what one can afford to buy, does your salary help you meet basic needs for survival?How do you adjust your budget/diet?How do you get the extra income to supplement/complement personal budget deficits?Most of our workplaces do not have sufficient safe potable water yet our bodies are over 65% water and we need to constantly cleanse our insides for biological processes to be successful (adult minimal water requirement being 8-10 glasses or more depending on weather or health status).How is the food situation for you at your workplace, if you bring food from home where do you keep it? How warm is the food brought from home when you finally consume it?
The government of Zimbabwe contributes 80% medical aid fees for government workers, if these workers subscribe to PSMAS Medical Aid. At my workplace PSMAS claims have not come as expected. As many of us including students are on PSMAS Medical aid schemes we followed it up. PSMAS has not paid for services given to members by Marondera Provincial Hospital because government has not given them employee contributions. How do we as workers or our families and dependents access basic health services?Thae government is not paying companies providing services to the hospital, this reduces the quality of the health package patients receive.Hospial/clinic resoures also affect this right. Workers, claim your right to health care. Without healthcare you cannot access the basics of life.
These days we do not just worry about HIV, we have moved to include non communicable diseases. All of us suffer from this or that. We need to be well even in our workplaces.
Psa union workers walking the talk, hiv
PSA UNION WORKERS WALKINGTHE TALK, HIV/AIDS & WELLNESSINFORMATION SHARINGWORKSHOPTHE LINK BETWEEN OHS ATWORKPLACE AND HIV/AIDS23-24 APRIL 2013.MIRRIAM GURAJENA.
INTRODUCTIONWorkers according to the idea behind workersday work 8 hours a day, sleep 8 hours a dayand do anything else they want to do in theremaining 8 hours.The 8 working hours comprise the mostproductive part of a worker’s life and thesepass when one is alert, active and away fromhome.2
INTRODUCTION CONT…During the work 8 hours, workers expect to berecognized and appreciated.Many get, change or share their life partnersduring this time.Occurrences at work determine one’s wellnessstatus as many choices and decisions aremade on the way to work, at work or fromwork.3
OBJECTIVESDuring this session it is hoped that we will beable to share information on HIV/AIDS andwellness at the workplace.During and after this session make decisions toinfluence workplace wellness.Following this session be well at work.4
DECLARATION OF RIGHTSCONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWECHAPTER 4 PART ONE.• 4.14 Freedom of profession or occupation.• 4.15 Labour.• 4.23Health care.• 4.20 Environment• 4.24 Food and water5
Freedom of profession or occupationEveryone has the right to choose and carry onany profession or occupation, but the practiceof a profession or occupation may beregulated by law.6
Labour relations1) Everyone has the right to safe and fair labourpractices and standards and to be paid a fairwage.2) Everyone has the right to form and join tradeunions, employee or employer’s associationof their choice.3) Every employee has the right to strike, sit in,withdraw their labour or take other similarconcerted action.7
Labour relations cont.4) Every employee, trade union, employeeorganization, employer or employer’sorganization has the right to engage incollective bargaining.5) Women and men have a right to equalremuneration for similar work.6) Women employees have a right to fully paidmaternity leave for a period of at least threemonths.8
EnvironmentEveryone has the right-a) To an environment that is not harmful totheir health or wellbeing; andb) To have an environment protected for thebenefit of present and future generationsthrough reasonable legislative and othermeasures that-9
Environment cont…i) Prevent pollution and ecological degradation.ii) Promote conversation; andiii) Secure ecologically sustainable developmentand use of natural resources while promotingjustifiable economic and social development..10
Food and waterEveryone has the right to sufficient and safefood and safe potable water, and the statemust take reasonable legislative and othermeasures, within its available resources toachieve the progressive realization of thisright.11
Health care1) Everyone has a right to have access to basichealth care services provided or funded by thestate.2) No one may be refused emergency medicaltreatment.3) The State must take reasonable legislative andother measures within its available resources, toachieve the progressive realization of their rightsset out in this section.12
SUMMARYPeople work to make themselves more comfortablein life.Most of a worker’s productive life is spent at work.Most of the sexual active people are workers.Most of the HIV infections are sexually acquired.HIV infections negatively affect productivity and cancompromise the quality of lives.A workplace needs to be legal and safe.In Zimbabwe it is legal to be well at work.13