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The ILO questionnaire is out; have your say!

ITUC campaign toolkit (2).pngA new international treaty is possible on violence at work – to support trade union campaign activity and collective bargaining efforts where you live and work.

 
The ILO questionnaire about the proposed convention on violence and harassment against women and men in the world of work has now been circulated to trade union national centres, governments, and employer bodies. The questionnaire can be found on the ITUC campaign page, or on page 109 of the law and practice report which offers legal analysis of law and practice in 80 countries. Remember, neither Global Union Federations (like the ITF) or individual trade unions are invited to complete the questionnaire. Responses are expected to come from trade union national centres (along with employer bodies and governments).

 
However, for trade unions, it’s important to read the questionnaire, know what is being asked and take information on women transport worker to your trade union national centre. It may be that you submit a version for your national centre to consider or that your work on the questionnaire together with them. It’s important for unions to build sustainable relationships with their national centres, investing in cooperation and alliance building to provide a unified response to the ILO. If you are unable to connect with your national centre directly, you can contact the ITUC who will assist.

 
The ITUC campaign toolkit (shown above) gives advice on how to engage with employer bodies and governments and provides model answers to assist trade union national centres in their responses to the ILO questionnaire.

The questionnaire will include questions concerning:
• what form a possible new instrument(s) should take;
• the scope of the new instrument(s), i.e., what such instrument(s) should cover;
• whether the instrument(s) should specifically address the gender dimensions of violence in the world of work; and
• how wide the definition of the world of work should be

The questionnaire responses will form the basis of the background report for the ILC discussion next year. In the mean time it’s important that ITF affiliated trade unions continue their campaigns and lobby national centres and governments with evidence of gender-based violence in the transport sector and show the impact on workers, particularly women.

ITF lobbying guidance can be found at our ITF Take Action Toolkit

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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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For updates on our work, follow our blog and subscribe to our campaign newsletter. If you want to get involved in campaign action to win an ILO Convention, contact women@itf.org.uk

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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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!

Action needed for Argentine cabin crew experiencing harassment at work

In this video (Spanish only) Horacio Calculli, from the Asociación Argentina de Aeronavegantes (Argentinian Association of Air Navigators), speaks about the importance of campaigning in response to gender-based violence at work. He says that action is needed for cabin crew in Argentina who are experiencing harassment in their jobs.

Make a short video telling us what violence against women looks like in your country and transport sector and share it on social media. We’re on Facebook (ITF Women) and Twitter @ITF_Women. Remember to use #ITFwomen #ILOConvention #VAW

For survivors, the violence can be impossible to talk about. But women activists, you can be a voice!

We know that violence against women in the transport industry is perpetrated by colleagues, managers, vehicle owners, local authorities and even the police. The power and control which lie beneath this violence and the silencing tactics that perpetrators use, mean that many survivors find it incredibly difficult to talk about. Many stay silent. Societal attitudes about violence against women and women not belonging in the transport industry also serve as powerful barriers for women speaking out about their experiences of violence.  Male domination of jobs and management often results in a workplace culture where women are under pressure to prove their competence. This makes speaking up about harassment and other forms of violence they face, at work or at home, even more challenging.

Continue reading “For survivors, the violence can be impossible to talk about. But women activists, you can be a voice!”

This is how transport workers around the world experience violence against women… And this is why we need an ILO Convention…

Why do we need an ILO Convention? Because women have the right to feel safe at work. Yes. Because violence shouldn’t be part of the job. Agreed. But, how exactly are women unsafe at work and what does violence actually look like in transport workplaces?

Continue reading “This is how transport workers around the world experience violence against women… And this is why we need an ILO Convention…”

There’s still so much we need to do!

In last week’s post we highlighted the importance of the next few months in raising the issue of violence against women transport workers and the need for an Convention and recommendation on violence against women in the world of work.

The agreed conclusions and report of the ILO tripartite meeting of experts (the TME which took place in Geneva last week) will go to the ILO Governing Body in November before being circulated more widely. The conclusions and report will form a sound basis for the ILO Office to produce the Law and Practice report, as well as the questionnaire that will go to governments, trade union national centres and employers’ organisations.

This questionnaire will be a golden opportunity to get the voices of women transport workers on the table. The questionnaire is expected to be circulated in April 2017. It will be very important for as many ITF affiliated unions as possible to work with their trade union national centre on the questionnaire, so please make contact indicating your willingness to be involved!! The ITUC will issue guide responses to the questionnaire for trade union national centres and global union federations. We expect one of the key questions to be on the form that the instrument should take – i.e. a Convention, supplemented by a Recommendation; a Convention (without Recommendation); or a stand-alone Recommendation. We are all campaigning for a Convention, supplemented by a Recommendation and it is important that we start lobbying governments to support this NOW.

The ITUC and ITF will soon circulate more news on this campaign, which will include tools you can use for lobbying governments, as well as case studies and good practice examples on organising around violence against women in the world of work. We’ll post a link on these valuable materials as soon as they are released. Women transport workers whose working lives are shaped by violence are counting on you!

The TME may be over but we don’t have a convention yet!

The women in this photo are the workers group, gathered in Geneva yesterday at the ILO tripartite meeting of experts (TME). Experts and observers representing the ITUC, a number of GUFs, national centres, and social partners. Continue reading “The TME may be over but we don’t have a convention yet!”

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