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Sexual harassment has no place in the workplace #ThisIsNotWorking

Every day, people across the UK are sexually harassed at work. Our current laws put the onus on individuals to report such incidents but 4 out of 5 don’t feel able to their employer. #ThisIsNotWorking
Our objectives

We call on the government to take immediate action. We demand a new, easily enforceable legal duty requiring employers to take all reasonable steps to protect workers from sexual harassment and victimisation.

We demand:

  • Compulsory guidance to explain exactly what employers need to do to prevent harassment – things like mandatory training
  • Ability to report anonymously to the regulator, bypassing toxic workplace environments that leave victims unable to speak out
  • Consequences for employers who don’t comply with the measures, making sure the onus lies with employers and not with the victim.

Latest updates -

New TUC poll: 2 in 3 young women have experienced sexual harassment, bullying or verbal abuse at work

Poll of more than 1,000 women finds 3 in 5 women say they have experienced harassment at work – rising to almost 2 in 3 women aged 25 to 34. Read more

"The law needs to change to keep workers safe from third party harassment" -  Bec Shale, Usdaw

Bec was sexually assaulted by a customer whilst at work. She told the TUC: “Nine times out of 10 you brush off the behaviour – because otherwise you would be complaining all the time. But it’s not right, and I worry about the younger staff who are only 16 or 17. This treatment traumatises them." Read more

#ThisIsNotWorking alliance responds to government amendment to the worker protection bill

As the bill approaches its third reading in the House of Commons, Government has introduced an amendment that risks undermining these changes that are crucial to making work safe for all. Together, we are urging the Government to drop these last-minute additions and keep their own promises. Read more

A victory for union campaigning!

Government’s consultation on sexual harassment published by the Government Equalities Office on 21 July 2021 sets out government proposals to stamp out sexual harassment at work. A victory for union campaigning! Read more

Managers didn’t seem to care. A lot of them laugh it off because they see it as a joke. Within two years, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been harassed.

It should not be down to the individual to prevent and manage their harassment alone.

We believe, just like health and safety measures protect us from risks to our wellbeing, employers need to protect us from harassment, whether it comes from a colleague or from a third party such as a client, customer, or patient.


We are not alone

All these organisations also think #ThisIsNotWorking and it's time the government took immediate action.

Action Aid 
Amnesty International UK
Business In The Community 
Centenary Action Group
End Violence Against Women
Equality Trust 
Fawcett Society 

Just A Ball Game
LGBT History Month
Musicians' Union 
Not the Job 
Pregnant Then Screwed
Rights of Women 
Schools OUT UK

Survivors UK 
Times UP UK
UK Black Pride
War on Want
Women's Aid
Young Women's Trust 

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