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ILO affirms its commitment to addressing violence and harassment in the workplace


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

The ILO Working Group expressed its commitment to addressing unacceptable behavior of violence and harassment at work, asserting that in the twenty-first century this type of behavior must be eliminated.

Only weeks before the 108th session of the International Labor Conference (ILO) from 10 to 21 June, the ILO’s proposed documents on violence and harassment at work will be considered, the group said in a statement.

The Working Group noted that in order for this to become a reality, the International Labor Organization (ILO) should provide universally universally applicable and universally applicable international standards and apply them to national law and practice in as many countries as possible, stressing that such laws must be reasonable and contribute to Change behavior and strengthen prevention measures and provide remedies to victims of violence and harassment.

The employers’ statement referred to four main objections to the ILO proposed text on the elimination of violence and harassment at work, noting that the ILO implicitly refused to include in the proposed text separate definitions of violence and harassment, The practice of all existing national and regional laws and conventions in this area.

The group noted that for regulations and practices to be effective, they need to address various violations with appropriate prevention efforts and legal responses, adding that the draft ILO proposal combines the two concepts into one ambiguous definition of a “set of unacceptable behaviors”.

The Employers’ Group statement stated that failure to define the meaning of harassment and violence threatened to make preventive measures very extensive and that punitive measures were ineffective and counterproductive.

The Employers’ Group also considered – in the context of its objections – that the draft text of the current Convention submitted by the ILO was largely vague on the responsibilities of employers, pointing out that it was very difficult for the employer whether a small, medium or large company to know where to start his responsibilities or Finally, because of the broad concept of the world of work, employers will have to take responsibility for incidents involving people they have never met (for example, job seekers), in places beyond their reach (public places) and in situations Beyond their will (pleasing flights work experience).

The employers’ group statement warned that this could have worrisome consequences, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises.

The employers’ group statement also stated that the ILO proposed text did not provide any obligation to protect employers who were subjected to violence or harassment; the current draft covered only workers and other persons.

The statement stressed that all individuals must be clearly protected, including employers, especially as employers in many regions of the world are also victims of physical violence or threats, pointing out that future negotiations at the International Labor Conference on this subject could provide a good opportunity to formulate support And to find effective ILO tools to address this problem, stressing that they will make every effort to reach a meaningful and effective outcome.

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