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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

Genuine reactions from men over violence against women at work

These union men are calling out to end sexual harassment and assault in the hospitality industry in Chicago, USA.

They were handed a sheet of paper with a real story in the real words of a woman…and told to read it. No warning. No rehearsal. They knew that it was going to be about sexual harassment in hotels and casinos. But no one told them they were supposed to say. Watch their genuine reactions to the stories of housekeepers and waitresses. Share this video with #HandsOffPantsOn to amplify their call to end sexual harassment & assault.

Visit http://www.HandsOffPantsOn.org and join the campaign protect women in Chicago’s hospitality industry.

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!”

What would an ILO Convention mean to you?

Take action! Print this template and write out what a Convention on violence against women and men in the world of work would mean to you in your workplace. Take a selfie with your template and share on twitter using the hashtags #ILOConvention #VAW

We now have the template in languages!

Arabic template

French template

Russian template

Spanish template

Read more about the ILO Convention and the tripartite meeting of experts beginning on Monday 3 October.

The ILO Tripartite Meeting of Experts (TME) 3-6 October: A big step towards an international law on violence at work!

The TME is just a few days away and reaches an important point in the long-standing campaign working towards an ILO convention on violence against women and men in the world of work. The meeting is between nominated experts from the tripartite group; workers, employers and governments. Two members of the ITF women’s committee and the ITF women transport workers and equality officer will be there in Geneva, as well a number of ITF allies.  We want to help you feel more involved throughout the TME and will be working to bring the discussion and outcomes closer to you via this blog.

Continue reading “The ILO Tripartite Meeting of Experts (TME) 3-6 October: A big step towards an international law on violence at work!”

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