Solidar Suisse raises awareness among workers in Africa and South Asia. In Africa, we work with the international trade union, the Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI). Unions warn construction workers about the long-term damage caused by asbestos and familiarise them with protective measures that should be taken in the workplace. In South Asia, through our partner organisation Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC), Solidar Suisse supports national and international networks that campaign against the use of asbestos.
In addition, we advocate for the Parties of the Rotterdam Convention on the International Trade in Hazardous Chemicals to hold further negotiations on the inclusion of asbestos on the list of hazardous chemicals. This would significantly restrict the international trade in asbestos and protect hundreds of thousands of workers.