Greece first European country to ratify ILO Convention 190

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On 30 August 2021, the Government of Greece deposited with the Director-General of the ILO the instruments of ratification of the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187)  and the Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No. 190).

Convention n. 187 calls on member States to take specific measures, in consultation with the social partners, towards the progressive achievement of a safe and healthy working environment through the development of a national policy, a national system and a national programme on occupational safety and health. It also recognizes the importance of developing support mechanisms for a progressive improvement of OSH conditions in micro-enterprises, in SMEs and in the informal economy.

Convention No. 190 is known for being the first international treaty to address work related violence and harassment. It includes the first international definition of violence and harassment in the world of work, including gender-based violence, and applies to the public and private sectors, formal and informal economies, and urban and rural areas. Read more

The first international treaty on violence and harassment in the world of work came into force on June 25th 2021 – two years after it was adopted by the ILO’s International Labour Conference (ILC). In June this the ILO launched a global campaign to promote its ratification and implementation. The campaign aims to explain in simple terms what the Convention is, the issues it covers and how it seeks to address violence and harassment in the world of work. La Strada International and members are also lobbying at national government level in Europe to get more ratifications of C190.