A big thank you to the Nordic Transport Workers’ Federation (NTF) for inviting us to discuss the ITF programme to end violence against women transport workers (and to SEKO for hosting us!) at their women’s conference in sunny Stockholm yesterday.

The issues on the agenda were the development of the ITF global women’s advocate programme and the work towards the upcoming ILO convention on violence against women and men in the world of work.  Take a look at our presentation here, for an update on our recent work on these issues.  And remember all the materials mentioned are here on this blog.  Just go to the resources and documents pages.

It was a great opportunity to be invited to speak with Nordic women about the work towards the ILO convention at such a crucial time.  Violence in the world of work is happening everyday all over the world yet there is no existing specific international standard dealing with gender-based violence at work.  The International Labour Organisation recognises the transport industry as a high risk environment for workers and they also accept that violence disproportionately affects women (as well as other vulnerable groups).

So here at the ITF, we want to work with our affiliates to ensure that throughout standard-setting discussions for the proposed convention and/or recommendation, the ILO governing body recognises women transport workers as a high risk group and agrees language to support this.  We want to make it clear to them that we need a convention not just a recommendation.  We want recognition of all forms of violence against women in the transport workplace, including the impact of domestic violence.  And we want the role of collective bargaining and union women’s advocates to be included.  As we discussed in Stockholm yesterday, to do this we need evidence of what it’s actually like on the ground for women transport workers.

Our advice to all participants was to get started by reading our factsheet on 9 Things You and Your Union can Do, as well as some useful pointers here of how they can help their government see the real picture of violence against women transport workers in their country.

Here are just some of the reasons why Nordic women transport workers need a convention with strong language, recognising them as a high risk group.