For the first time violence and harassment in the world of work are covered in new international labour standards, adopted at the Centenary International Labour Conference and now open for ratification by ILO member States.
ACLW joins leading Australian organisations to urge the Australian Federal Government to endorse International Labour Organisation ILO Convention 190 (C190), recognising everyone’s right to be free from violence and harassment in the world of work and to safety, dignity and respect at work.
C190 provides the legislative and policy framework for addressing violence and harassment in the world of work, including gender-based violence.
Shauna Olney, Chief, Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch, ILO states, “The process behind these instruments began in 2015, and – with the recent global outcry against violence and harassment – their adoption could not be more timely or relevant. The Convention is strong and practical. Together with the Recommendation , Convention No. 190 provides a clear framework for action and an opportunity to shape a future of work based on dignity and respect, free from violence and harassment. The right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment has never before been clearly articulated in an international treaty. It also recognises that such behaviours can constitute a human rights violation or abuse. The Convention’s focus on inclusivity is very important. It means that everyone who works is protected, irrespective of contractual status, including interns, volunteers, job applicants, and persons exercising the authority of an employer. It applies to the public and private sectors, the formal and informal economy, and urban and rural areas..”