CCOO and UGT unions in Castilla-La Mancha have demanded the establishment of a direct reporting protocol to the Public Prosecutor’s Office for cases of work-related accidents and hazardous situations due to violations of preventive measures. At a meeting of the Regional Commission for the Development and Monitoring of the Collaboration Agreement between the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Castilla-La Mancha and CCOO and UGT concerning work-related accidents on Friday, the unions emphasized the need to establish the protocol. The aim is to ratify and promote the existing collaboration agreement signed in 2007, which aims to reduce work-related accidents by raising awareness among companies about the need for measures to prevent occupational hazards to ensure safe and healthy workplaces.
The proposed protocol will allow unions to report cases of work-related accidents resulting in serious injuries or fatalities, as well as cases of hazardous situations posing a severe danger due to preventive measures violations, directly to the Prosecutor’s Office. Additionally, during the meeting of the Monitoring Commission, the Lieutenant Prosecutor of the Public Prosecutor’s Office presented statistics relating to the causes of work-related fatalities and injuries in 2022, the proceedings underway, the prosecution written pleadings, and judgments issued.
CCOO and UGT expressed concern about the alarming work-related accidents statistics in the region. Last year, a total of 31,119 work-related accidents were recorded, up 10.2% from the previous year, and 37 worker fatalities, up 19.4% from 2021. The Public Prosecutor’s Office and unions aim to enhance collaboration to reduce high work-related accidents in Castilla-La Mancha, ratify the collaboration agreement, and expand the activities outlined in the agreement. The main focus is the establishment of the protocol to empower unions to report to the Prosecutor’s Office directly.