#MeToo drew attention to the sexual harassment and violence faced by women across many spheres of work, both in the UK and globally. Now, we're saying #ThisIsNotWorking.
We're demanding an end to workplace harassment and asking the UK government to take action.
What are we asking the UK government to do?
In the UK, we are asking the government to:
reinstate third-party harassment laws
introduce a duty on employers to prevent harassment
In the UK, more than half of women polled by the TUC had experienced some form of sexual harassment in the workplace. The Fawcett Society’s Sex Discrimination Law Review found that women in the UK who work in retail, hospitality, and many other sectors that deal with customers and clients on a daily basis currently have little protection from their employer when facing harassment from third parties. That’s why we are campaigning to demand that the UK government reinstate third-party harassment laws and introduce a duty on employers to prevent harassment.
Globally, we are asking the UK government to:
support a legally-binding convention that protects all workers
Worldwide, between 40% and 50% of women experience sexual harassment at work, yet more than one-third of the world's countries do not have domestic laws prohibiting workplace harassment and until recently, there was no international legal standard specifically for protecting women at work from these abuses. Workplace harassment is a global problem that requires a global response.
In June 2018, governments, employers’ organisations and trade unions met at the International Labour Organisation(ILO) – the UN agency in charge of enforcing labour standards – to draft a legally-binding convention to protect women from workplace harassment.
If this new global law was going to protect the world’s poorest and most vulnerable women, we needed to ensure that the draft of the convention was not watered down during the ILO negotiations this June. Through the combined efforts of our campaigns and others, states, employers, and unions agreed to the most invlusive definitions of 'worker' and 'workplace', so that all women around the world are protected.
The Convention on Ending Violence and Harassment in the World of Work was overwhelmingly adopted in June 2019.
But our work is not done. 235 million women stand to benefit from the protections of the Convention, but it only comes into effect when states ratify it. We are calling on the UK government to lead the way in ratifying the Convention as soon as possible. Until the Convention is widely ratified, millions of women remain vulnerabl in the workplace. #ThisIsNotWorking