Ratify ILO Convention 190! For a world of work free from violence and harassment
ITUC Campaign Newsletter 6: February 2020

Uruguay, the first country to #Ratify C190!

2019 was a year when history was made with the adoption of ILO Violence and Harassment Convention 190 (C190) and its accompanying Recommendation R206 (R206). In December 2019, in less than six months since the adoption of the instruments, Uruguay became a champion by being the first country to ratify C190. However, at the time of writing, Uruguay still needs to officially convey notice of ratification to the ILO (i.e. deposit the instruments of ratification with the ILO). This, together with one more ratification, is needed for the instrument to come into force.

2020 started with the European commission encouraging EU Member States to ratify C190 and a growing number of governments announcing commitments to early ratification of C190, including Argentina, Spain, Namibia, Barbados, Germany, Ireland, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Mexico and the Netherlands.  

Solidarity works! Let us step up our lobby and advocacy campaigns to achieve a maximum number of ratifications this year. ITUC’s #RatifyC190 campaign, in close cooperation with the Global Union Federations, is intensifying their campaign. In this newsletter, you will find out how unions from a number of countries across the world – from Chile to Ukraine, Nigeria to Germany, Namibia to Sri Lanka – are campaigning for the ratification of C190.

Join the #RatifyC190 campaign for a world of work free from violence and harassment:
Union campaigns around the world

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November and the 16 days of activism, unions across the world called upon their governments to #RatifyC190 (see photo gallery) . All the Global Union Federations stated jointly that ‘It’s time to #ratify C190’ underpinning that C190 and R206 “are powerful tools to improve the working lives of millions of women, especially those most marginalised and working in insecure, low-paid, unsafe jobs and in the informal economy.”  

By region:
Below is a selection of union campaigns including events on 25 November and the 16 days of activism:
  • In the Americas, unions intensified their lobby and advocacy campaign demanding that their governments ratify C190, including in Mexico, Costa Rica and Argentina: CTA and  CTA A; Chile:  CUT; and Guatemala and Panama:  CO.N.U.S.I and CS. Unions initiated petitions asking governments to act: CLC Canada’s petition is asking the prime minister to ratify C190, and in the US, the AFL-CIO’s  petition calls upon senators to pass the Workplace Violence and Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act. The Canadian National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) released a backgrounder entitled, Domestic Violence, Workers, and Workplaces, providing an overview of the prevalence of domestic violence and its impact on workers and workplaces in Canada. . 
Chidi King of ITUC and madeleine kennedy-macfoy of EI talk about ILO Convention 190 against violence and harassment in the world of work and why it's important to get it ratified without delay.
#RatifyC190 blogs, blog spots and videos:  
UNI Commerce will launch “There Is No Store for Violence and Harassment in Commerce” global campaign on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2020.

  • On 28 April, the 2020 World Day for safety and health at work will focus on violence and harassment in the world of work. The ILO will produce a global report highlighting how a comprehensive OSH framework at both national and workplace level could address violence and harassment in the world of work.
  • ILO conducted awareness raising tripartite events, including in Indonesia where 20 trade unions and civil society organisations announced having formed an alliance around #RatifyC190. During the session, the secretary general of the Ministry of Manpower, Chairul Anwar, stated that We recognize the importance of this Convention, as the workplaces should be free from violence and harassment. The workplaces should be a safer place for both workers and employers." (October 2019)
  • Leaders and stakeholders boldly call on member States to ratify the newly adopted ILO Convention on Violence and Harassment at the United Nations General Assembly (September 2019)
Governments: Employers
Share with us your lobby and campaign updates on the ratification process!
  • [email protected] - including new developments in law and practice and collective bargaining agreements, coverage of C190 campaigns events and union news in (social) media.
  • #RatifyC190 - Global Campaign: The campaign aims at the wide ratification of ILO Convention 190 and its effective implementation (including ILO Recommendation 206) to realise a world of work free from violence and harassment with a strong focus on the elimination of gender-based violence.  For more information, have a look at the ITUC campaign webpage  and  Facebook page  or contact [email protected].         

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