June 14, 2021

European unions discuss measures against workplace harassment

European unions discuss measures against workplace harassment

The women's committee of the European Trade Union Confederation today addressed possible actions against workplace harassment, especially against women, on the occasion of the celebration on November 25 of the International Day Against Gender Violence.

The deputy secretary of UGT, Cristina Antoñanzas, who attended the meeting on behalf of that union, told Efe that the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CESI) will start on November 25. a campaign in social networks to act against this type of violence at the global level.

The unions will ask the member countries of the board of administration of the International Labor Organization (ILO) to ratify as an agreement the document on violence and harassment in the workplace created last June in Geneva during a meeting of the International Labor Conference.

They will also demand through their social networks that this document, which addresses for the first time the details of an international standard against all types of harassment and violence in the workplace, is not a mere recommendation, but a mandatory agreement, Antoñanzas noted.

According to the ETUC, it is estimated that at least one of every three women in the world has been sexually coerced, physically attacked or has suffered some other type of abuse in their life, and that for women between the ages of 15 and 44 that violence is an important cause of disability and death.

During the meeting today, other matters were also discussed, such as the proposal for a directive to facilitate the reconciliation of family life and the professional life of parents and caregivers.

The labor consequences of the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union ("brexit"), which, according to representatives of British unions, will affect especially women, are also addressed, since cuts are expected in sectors such as health or services, where there is a high female presence.


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