Right to be free from violence and harassment at work confirmed by UK government

The PDA welcomes news that the UK Work and Pensions Secretary, Thérèse Coffey confirmed that the UK government has ratified the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Violence and Harassment Convention.

Tue 16th November 2021 The PDA

The ILO is a tripartite U.N. agency and brings together governments, employers and workers of 187 countries to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men. Participation in the ILO is one way through which trade unions make a difference globally.

ILO Convention No. 190  (or C190 for short) is the first international treaty to recognise the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment, including gender-based violence and harassment.

The Convention was adopted in June 2019, by the International Labour Conference of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and came into force on 25 June 2021.

Governments that ratify C190 will be required to put in place the necessary laws and policy measures to prevent and address violence and harassment in the world of work. The Convention represents a historic opportunity to shape a future of work based on dignity and respect for all.

In her statement today, the Work and Pensions Secretary said, “Ratifying this Convention is the right course of action and I hope it reassures the Houses of the Government’s commitment to tackling violence and harassment in the world of work.”

The PDA has long campaigned for pharmacists to be free from violence at work.

Paul Day, PDA Director, said “We continue to encourage all employers in the pharmacy sector to work constructively with us to ensure that pharmacy workplaces are free of violence and any harassment of employees or locums.”

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