The ADEDY civil service confederation has submitted a report to the interior ministry which addresses sexual harassment across the public service and puts forwards proposals to amend the relevant regulations. The Confederation argues that physical or verbal violence and harassment suffered by female workers is directly related to the devaluation of their employment. It says that the extent of the problem has to be exposed and full support given to victims. ADEDY has proposed changes to the civil service code and other regulations to ensure that there are clear definitions of sexual harassment and violence and measures in place to protect victims of, and witnesses to such offences.
Confederation calls for action to tackle sexual harassment
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Finland’s largest trade union confederation, SAK, is calling for more action to deal with the issue of equal treatment of sexual and gender minorities at work. The confederation argues for the need for wider acceptance of diversity at the workplace and within trade unions in order to achieve real equality. An important part of SAK’s campaign will be to monitor collective agreements and to use the forthcoming bargaining round in the autumn to eradicate any regulations in collective agreements that discriminate against sexual and gender minorities. [Read more at > SAK (EN)->http://www.sak.fi
On the final day of its centenary conference the International Labour Organisation agreed a new Convention, the first since 2011, against violence and harassment at work. The Convention defines “violence and harassment” as behaviours, practices or threats “that aim at, result in, or are likely to result in physical, psychological, sexual or economic harm.” The Convention covers anyone at the workplace including interns and volunteers and has a broad definition of what constitutes the workplace. There is an accompanying Recommendation which sets out how the Convention should be implemented.
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