ILO adopts anti-violence Convention

ILO adopts anti-violence ConventionThe 100th Anniversary Conference of the International Labour Organisation has concluded with the adoption of a crucial new international Convention to tackle violence and harassment at work. “The landmark Convention against violence and harassment at work is the culmination of an exceptional campaign for this new global standard, and efforts will now turn to ensuring that it is ratified by governments and put into action,” said ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow.

The new Convention adopted at the Conference guarantees that the world of work must be free of violence and harassment, providing urgently-needed momentum in the quest to protect hundreds of millions of workers, mostly women. It takes an inclusive approach, extending protection to all workers irrespective of their contractual status, including individuals who are exercising the authority of an employer, as well as jobseekers, trainees, interns and apprentices, volunteers and others.

The Convention also makes it clear that violence and harassment involving third parties—whether they are clients, customers, patients, or members of the public—must be considered and addressed. For workers whose jobs involve dealing with the public and in public space, this recognition is extremely important.

Source: ITUC

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