Preventing and tackling violence in the workplace remains a key issue for all trade unions throughout the world. – Rosa Pavanelli, PSI General Secretary
On the occasion of International Youth Day 2018, Public Services International (PSI) is calling on all affiliates and young workers to send a strong message that “Violence is NOT part of the job”.
The Weinstein scandal and the #metoo movement came as a brutal awakening to remind us that overt violence is only the tip of the iceberg that should not overshadow other forms of violence such as bullying, harassment and intimidation which have been overlooked for far too long.
The time has come for trade unions to take the fight against these concealed practices to another level. While PSI is playing an active role in preparing the “ILO convention against violence and harassment in the world of work”, each trade union remains at the forefront to prevent all forms of violence, provide shelter and attentive listening to victims and support them in seeking justice, in lengthy, delicate and sometimes unfair legal proceedings.
The vulnerability of young workers and especially young women is exacerbated by the increasing number of precarious contracts, pushing them into accepting intimidation, bullying and harassment at the workplace in order to keep their jobs and have a chance at building a career.
PSI encourages all affiliates to use and disseminate the ILO guides on preventing workplace violence:
- Campaign: Stop Gender-based violence at work!
- PSI Report - "Tackling violence in the Health Sector - A Trade Union Response": Executive Summary - Full report
- ILO, ICN, WHO, PSI Framework Guidelines: Framework guidelines for addressing workplace violence in the health sector
- PSI young workers' page