European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions
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Eliminating violence against women at work and at home

25/11/2016

25 November 2016 - Today EFFAT joins the ETUC and the other European Trade Unions Federations in the commitment to end of violence against women through collective agreements, and their proper implementation with employers, at national, sectoral and company levels.
 
In a ground-breaking, and unpublished, study ‘Safe at Home-Safe at work’,  presented in Madrid on November 24-25 to mark the International Day against Violence against Women (November 25), the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) reveal how trade unions in Europe have addressed violence against women at work and how support at the workplace can help eliminate violence against women at home.
 
A survey carried out by the British TUC found that more than half of all women, and nearly two-thirds of women aged 18 to 24, experienced sexual harassment at work. A French survey, carried out in 2014, found that 1 in 5 women had been a victim of sexual harassment.
 
Pioneering agreements have been signed in several countries including Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and the Netherlands – see https://www.etuc.org/fr/publications/briefing-notes-etuc-project-safe-home-safe-work#.WDRA5vkrJPZ to more details in a briefing on the ETUC project ‘Safe at home, safe at work’. 
 
Such agreements will guide future European trade union actions to eliminate violence against women at work.

Sexual harrassment is a widespread phenomenon in EFFAT sectors, particularly tourism. Trade unions need to continue to work closely with employers, trade union representatives and negotiate improved conditions in the workplace. Raising awareness and negotiating with employers as well as bringing cases to court are necessary steps towards improving the situation.

EFFAT remains committed in addressing gender equality and sexual harrasmment at work as fundamental items of its work programme.

Please join our online action on social media using the hashtag: #25N

 

 

EFFAT is the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions. As a European Trade Union Federation representing 120 national trade unions from 35 European countries, EFFAT defends the interests of more than 22 million workers towards the European Institutions, European employers’ associations and transnational companies. EFFAT is a member of the ETUC and the European regional organisation of the IUF.