EU Council Calls upon Member States to Ratify C190

Violence and harassment in the workplace are not only unethical and unjust but are pervasive issues that threaten the safety, dignity, and rights of workers globally. The International Labour Organization’s Convention No. 190 (C190), alongside Recommendation No. 206, represents a huge step towards work environments free from violence and harassment, including gender-based violence. The convention was adopted in 2019, during the ILO’s Centenary Declaration on the Future of Work. In Europe, it is currently in force in Albania, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Norway, UK/Northern Ireland, San Marino and Spain. The EU Council has ratified the Convention and has called upon EU Member States to ratify C190.

C190 is crucial, as it sets a global standard for the first time to protect workers from violence and harassment in the workplace. It’s comprehensive, applying to everyone, regardless of their employment (legal) status or sector, ensuring that both those in formal and informal economies are protected. This broad coverage is essential for fostering safe and inclusive work environments.

The convention acknowledges the particular vulnerabilities faced by women and marginalized groups, who are disproportionately affected by workplace violence and harassment. It promotes an inclusive approach, which is fundamental for addressing the underlying causes of these issues. By focusing on prevention and protection, the convention aims to establish a culture of dignity and respect, contributing to equality and safety for all workers.

On June 21 this year, the Convention will celebrate its 5th anniversary. La Strada International calls upon European Countries to ratify C190 to protect workers against violence and abuse. You can help us to urge your government, check here if you government has already ratified this convention.