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Commenting on the government’s response to the Women and Equalities Select Committee report on sexual harassment published today (Tuesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“More than half of women in the UK have been sexually harassed at work, yet only one in five reports it. Sexual harassment has a huge impact on women’s careers and lives. So it’s disappointing that the government is not making the major changes needed for the scale of the problem.

“The law should be changed so that employers are responsible for preventing sexual harassment in workplaces. This would shift the burden of tackling sexual harassment away from the victims. And it would help end toxic workplace cultures that silence those who’ve been harassed.

“Unions have been leading the way in tackling sexual harassment. Anyone experiencing sexual harassment at work should join a union to make sure they are protected and respected at work.”

Editors note

- The TUC’s report on sexual harassment at work Still Just a Bit of Banter? is available at: www.tuc.org.uk/research-analysis/reports/still-just-bit-banter
- The TUC has also published a Know Your Rights leaflet about sexual harassment which is available at: www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/Protection_From_Sexual_Harassment_2016_Know_Your_Rights_Booklet_LR.pdf and a guide for union reps is available at: www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/sexualharassmentguideforreps.pdf
- The Trades Union Congress (TUC) exists to make the working world a better place for everyone. We bring together more than 5.5 million working people who make up our 49 member unions. We support unions to grow and thrive, and we stand up for everyone who works for a living.