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Issue 367 - 14 March 2013

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High cost of violence

Harassment and violence remain costly to workers and businesses locally and globally.

Sexual harassment is a “form of violence at work”, International Labour Organization (ILO) Bureau for Workers’ Activities Director Dan Cunniah said in a recent media statement.

In the European Union, 40 to 50 per cent of women experienced unwanted sexual advances, physical contact, verbal suggestions or other forms of sexual harassment at work, the ILO said. In Asia-Pacific it was 30 to 40 per cent of women.

In Australia 25 per cent of women had been sexually harassed at work.

“Sexual harassment and other forms of harassment and abuse––physical, verbal or psychological––bullying, mobbing, work-related stress and violence affect all professions and sectors and both women and men,” ILO Bureau for Gender Equality director Jane Hodges said.

“This is a very important issue for employers. Harassment in the workplace leads to absenteeism, increased turnover and lower job performance and productivity,” added ILO Bureau for Employers’ Activities director Deborah France-Massin.

International Organization of Employers (IOE) secretary-general Brent Wilton said: “An appropriate approach towards eliminating violence at work implies targeting the root causes of discriminatory practices and being cognizant [sic] of their many different regional, cultural and social contexts.”

Meanwhile, the ACTU addressed United Nations’ delegates in New York last week on paid domestic violence leave for employees.

For more details, visit the ILO and the ACTU
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