Unions and rights groups call for global convention on violence and harassment in the workplace


A global coalition of trade unions, labour rights and human rights organizations are demanding a new global standard to end violence and sexual harassment in the workplace. A number of them are gathered in the 107th Session of the International Labour Conference (28 May to 8 June 2018), where a proposed international treaty on violence and harassment in the world of work is being discussed.

Below are reports and other materials outlining related issues and advancing arguments in support of the proposed treaty.

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5 June 2018

Commentary: From #metoo to a global convention on sexual harassment at work

Author: Cathy Feingold

29 May 2018

Labor unions around the globe are heading to the International Labor Conference to demand a new global standard to end violence and sexual harassment in the workplace. This epidemic of unwanted touching, sexual comments, requests for sexual favors and sexual assault happens in palm fields in Honduras, garment factories in Cambodia and hotels in the United States. Violence in the workplace hurts both women and men, but women and workers with nonconforming gender identities experience the highest rates of violence…

The most vulnerable workers are those who lack unions and who work in precarious arrangements with little or no oversight or accountability. We can help more workers address violence in the workplace by strengthening the freedom of workers to join or form unions and to bargain collectively. A binding standard needs to address the issues of all workers, including those in the informal economy like home-based workers to the most formal economy workers…

The time is right for a new International Labor Organization global standard aimed at ending violence and sexual harassment at work. Years of advocacy from unions and our allies have yielded a commitment to a two-year, tripartite negotiation process between unions, employers and governments. The result will be a new ILO standard, possibly a binding convention, directly focused on violence and sexual harassment in the world of work…

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5 June 2018

Female workers in factories supplying to Gap & H&M face harassment & abuse, report finds; co's to investigate

Author: Kate Hodal, The Guardian

Pressure to meet fast fashion deadlines is leading to women working in Asian factories supplying Gap and H&M being sexually and physically abused..., according to [...] reports published last week by Global Labour Justice on gender-based violence... 

Publication [...] comes as negotiations are being held this week at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to tackle workplace harassment... 

Gap and H&M both told the Guardian they would investigate the allegations and that they welcomed initiatives to tackle violence, including an ILO convention...

H&M [said] “All forms of abuse or harassment are against everything that H&M group stands for... We will go through every section of the report and follow-up on factory level with our local teams...”

Gap said it was “deeply concerned” about the allegations and was now conducting due diligence to investigate and address these issues.

“We are committed to making sure that the people who make our clothes work in safe conditions and are treated with respect..."

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5 June 2018

International Effort to End ‘Me Too’ Abuses: Report Highlights Key Issues of Workplace Harassment, Violence

Author: Human Rights Watch

27 May 2018

Governments, employers, and workers from around the world will meet beginning May 28, 2018, to discuss a proposed international treaty on violence and harassment in the workplace, Human Rights Watch said...Human Rights Watch has issued a 16-page report outlining key issues in advance of the International Labour Organization (ILO) conference, scheduled through June 8, in Geneva.

The report sets out research on violence and harassment at work, particularly for domestic workers, garment workers, fishers, farm workers, and migrant workers. It also highlights examples of good government practices and includes recommendations for essential elements to a proposed international ILO convention and for ending violence and harassment in the workplace…

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4 June 2018

B Team urges Intl. Organisation of Employers to support a new ILO Convention and Recommendation to end workplace violence & harassment

Author: The B Team

"ILO Convention Crucial to Ending Gender-Based Violence at Work", 25 May 2018

Corporationscompany leaders and workers’ and social movements are taking a stand to end violence and harassment, including gender-based violence, in the workplace. Today, B Team Leaders Bob Collymore, Mats Granryd, Arianna Huffington, Mo Ibrahim, François-Henri Pinault and Paul Polman, have joined them. They have sent a letter to the International Organisation of Employers urging support of an ILO Convention and Recommendation to end workplace violence and harassment. They join the many governments and workers’ groups rallying around this ILO Convention, signaling that it’s time for urgent action to end these harmful practices. Business leaders are invited to join B Team Leaders in expressing support for this ILO standard, which is critical to achieving decent work for all and gender equality. Please contact Michelle Lau-Burke at [email protected] to learn more. Read the full letter...

[Letter signed by Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom Limited, Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA, Arianna Huffington, CEO, Thrive Global, Mo Ibrahim, Founder, Celtel, François-Henri Pinault, CEO, Kering, Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever]

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4 June 2018

Recommendations to ILO

Author: Global Labor Justice

This file is available on this page: https://www.globallaborjustice.org/ilc/ 

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3 June 2018

Campaign Toolkit: Stop gender-based violence at work - support an ILO Convention

Author: International Trade Union Confederation

...This campaign toolkit aims to support unions and their allies in the following:

- Understanding the ILO process;

- Lobbying governments and employers to support the adoption of a comprehensive ILO Convention and Recommendation on violence and harassment in the world of work;

- Developing key actions in campaigning for an ILO Convention; and

- Building a broad cross-movement alliance to eradicate gender-based violence from the world of work.

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