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Breaking the silence about hostility towards women in male-dominated workplaces as a form of violence

At the ETUC conference ‘Safe at work, Safe at home’ in Madrid today #25N, Mila Nikolova from the Federation of Transport Trade Unions in Bulgaria @FTTUB describes hostility towards women in male-dominated transport workplaces as a hidden form of violence. One that needs to be recognised and identified.

Do your part this UN Day #25N and make a short video telling us what violence against women looks like in your country and transport sector.  Share it with @ITFwomen on social media! #ITFwomen #ILOConvention #VAW #BreakTheSilence #25N

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Not everyone agrees women transport workers need an ILO Convention on violence..

At this stage of the fight for the ILO Convention campaign, we have a real opportunity to provide evidence for the need of a strong and binding instrument which recognises women transport workers as high risk. In April 2017, the ILO will circulate a questionnaire to governments, employer organisations and trade union national centres to gather vital evidence which will affect what a potential instrument could look like.

There will be strong contributions sectors such as government, teaching and healthcare, where women work in numbers, so we need to ensure the voices of women transport workers are included in the response of the questionnaire. You can make sure this happens in your country or other countries where you have connections! Here is Chidi King, the Equality Director from the ITUC, talking about how sector specific unions should work with their national centres to prepare responses.

The ITUC will be supporting their affiliated national centres to complete the questionnaire by preparing guide answers and we will be sharing these guide responses with our networks when they become available.

Worker stories and employer policies will be helpful for governments and workers responding to the questionnaire – and crucial for the discussion itself. ITF Women are working across ITF sections and regions to support our affiliates to contribute to this important body of evidence.

Download our lobbying support pack (Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish can be found in the Take Action Toolkit under 02 Lobbying and collective bargaining).  English, German and Portuguese are below.

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The power of partnership

Ludo McFerran, from Australia, has worked in domestic violence prevention for nearly 40 years. She is a trailblazer in the field and a member of the DV@Work network. After 15 years of discussions with employers about policy and support for employees, and not much progress, Ludo decided to approach the trade union movement. In collaboration with the trade union movement, she initiated the concept of domestic violence paid leave and protection at work through collective bargaining. Today there are, in Australia, something like 1500 collective agreements that contain a domestic violence clause.


Listen to Ludo tell the story of how building an alliance between the domestic violence sector and the trade union movement changed everything and got results for Australian workers experiencing domestic violence.


Ludo made this video in November 2016 for participants attending the ETUC ‘Safe at home, safe at work’ conference in Madrid.  Many thanks to the ETUC for sharing.

Пакет «Инструментарий активиста» сегодня выходит в свет. Начните свою кампанию, чтобы покончить с насилием в отношении женщин-транспортников!

«Инструментарий активиста», который сегодня можно скачать – это структурированная подборка, где материалы сгруппированы по темам. Для вашей работы по Конвенции МОТ там можно найти наиболее подходящие темы, такие как «Личные и коллективные мнения женщин», «Лоббирование и коллективные переговоры» и «Ведение кампаний и создание альянсов».

На текущем этапе кампания в поддержку Конвенции МОТ собирает свидетельства того, как проявляется насилие в отношении женщин-транспортников в разных регионах мира.  Крайне важно, чтобы активисты и лидеры приносили доказательства сюжетов и тенденций насилия в своих странах и секторах и выкладывали короткие видеосюжеты в Фейсбуке и Твиттере.  Наши странички есть в Фейсбуке (ITF Women) и в Твиттере Twitter@ITF_Women. Не забывайте про хэштеги  #ITFwomen #ILOConvention #VAW

Мы надеемся, что эти материалы принесут пользу и станут мощным средством поддержки в организационной работе, ведении переговоров и проведении кампаний.  Мы будем рады получить ваши разработки для пополнения пакета материалов и повышения активности других профсоюзов.  Мы будем также рады получить ваши отзывы на наши Методические материалы. Присылайте ваши материалы и отзывы на любом языке по адресу: и укажите хэштеги, которые будут хорошо работать по каждой из тем.

La Boîte à outils « Passez à l’action » est désormais disponible. Démarrez votre campagne ! Il est temps de mettre fin à la violence à l’égard des travailleuses des transports !

La Boîte à outils « Passez à l’action », que vous pouvez télécharger dès aujourd’hui, est un cadre de ressources dans lequel nous avons regroupé des supports pertinents par thème. Certains thèmes pourraient présenter un intérêt particulier dans le cadre des activités que vous entreprendrez pour militer en faveur d’une convention de l’OIT : « Les voix des femmes : individuelles et collectives », « Lobbying et négociation collective » et « Faire campagne et forger des alliances ».

Continue reading “La Boîte à outils « Passez à l’action » est désormais disponible. Démarrez votre campagne ! Il est temps de mettre fin à la violence à l’égard des travailleuses des transports !”

سوف تظهر حزمة العمل هذه للعلن مباشرة في هذا اليوم. ابدأوا العمل في حملتكم وأنهوا العنف ضد النساء العاملات بالنقل!

هذه المرحلة من الحملة للتوصل إلى اتفاقية ILO تتمحور حول بناء الأدلة  حول شكل العنف على النساء العاملات بالنقل حول العالم. من المهم جداً أن يقوم النشطاء والقادة بتوفير أدلة للأفكار والنزعات للعنف في بلدانهم وقطاعاتهم عن طريق تمرير فيديو قصير على فيسبوك أو تويتر. نتواجد على فيسبوك على (ITF Women) وعلى تويتر @ITF_Women. تذكروا استخدام #ITFWomen #ILOconvention #VAW

نأمل أن تكون هذه الحزمة أداة قوية ومفيدة لدعم التنظيم، المفاوضات وعمل الحملات. ونرحب بالمواد من طرفكم لبناء حزمة عمل أكثر شمولا وإلهاما ودعما للنقابات الأخرى من أجل اتخاذ المزيد من الإجراءات. نحن متشوقون لسماع ردودكم حول هذه الحزمة. أرسلوا مساهماتكم وتعليقاتكم وبأي لغة إلى   مع إضافة أي هاشتاغات تعتقدون أنها مناسبة لكل فكرة.

Hoy es el día del lanzamiento del kit Pasar a la Acción. ¡Denle un buen impulso a su campaña y pongamos fin a la violencia contra las mujeres trabajadoras del transporte!

Desde hoy ya está disponible para su descarga el kit Pasar a la Acción, un armazón de recursos en el que se agrupan por temas materiales relevantes. Aquí encontrarán temas que pueden ser especialmente relevantes con miras a la Convención de la OIT, como por ejemplo “La voz de las mujeres: individuales y colectivas”, “Presión y negociación colectiva” y “Organización de campañas y formación de alianzas”.

Continue reading “Hoy es el día del lanzamiento del kit Pasar a la Acción. ¡Denle un buen impulso a su campaña y pongamos fin a la violencia contra las mujeres trabajadoras del transporte!”

The Take Action Toolkit goes live today. Kick-start your campaign action and end violence against women transport workers!

The Take Action Toolkit, available to download today, is a framework of resources where relevant materials are grouped together by theme. For your work towards the ILO Convention you may find certain themes especially relevant; such as ‘Women’s voices – individual and collective’, ‘Lobbying and collective bargaining’ and ‘Campaigning and building alliances’.

This current stage of the ILO Convention campaign is about building the evidence of what violence looks like for women transport workers around the world.  It’s vital that activists and leaders provide evidence of themes and trends of violence in their country and sector by posting a short video on Facebook and Twitter.  We’re on Facebook (ITF Women) and Twitter @ITF_Women. Remember to use #ITFwomen #ILOConvention #VAW

We hope this toolkit will be a useful and powerful tool to support organising, bargaining and campaigning work.  We welcome your materials to build a more comprehensive toolkit and inspire and support other unions to take more action.  We’re eager for feedback on the Take Action Toolkit too. Send your contributions and comments, in any language, to including hashtags you feel work well for each theme.

One step closer to an ILO Convention: The conclusions from the meeting of experts are now public!

It’s official, the agreed conclusions and report of the ILO tripartite meeting of experts (TME), where ITF representatives played an integral role, are out for circulation and available on the ILO website in English, French and Spanish.

These conclusions are not a Convention but they do set the parameters for what the first draft of the proposed international standard(s)will look like.
Text of particular interest to women transport workers covers:
• Recognition that an integrated approach is needed incorporating joint strategies and collaboration between employers, workers, trade unions and governments
• The need for a particular focus to be placed on gender-based violence.
• Recognition that domestic violence impacts the workplace and that employers have a responsibility to provide safe and healthy workplaces.
• The need for a new instrument(s) focused specifically on violence at work and the urgency of preventing violence through an integrated approach.
• That violence should not be seen ‘as part of the job’, as is too often the case for transport workers.
• Prevention and support are key components to addressing violence and that prevention should address negative societal and workplace culture.

An amendment has been made to the title of the proposed standard(s) to include the word ‘harassment’, with the reasoning that “using the overarching concept of ‘violence and harassment’ in lieu of only ‘violence’ ensures that the range of unacceptable behaviour being targeted is adequately addressed and understood.” (Final report of TME outcomes, page 2)

As for the 2018 International Labour Conference, we now know ‘violence and harassment against women and men in the world of work’ will be the only standard setting item on the agenda and likely to be the most well attended! Looking forward, let’s do everything we can to prepare for the challenge of defending and improving the language of a new ILO convention and recommendation at the conference!

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