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Commenting on today’s (Tuesday) announcement by Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey that the UK government has ratified the International Labour Organization’s Violence and Harassment Convention, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“Ratifying the convention is a welcome statement of intent – it now comes down to the action and enforcement that follows.

"No matter who you are, or the job you do, you should be safe from violence and harassment at work. But each year thousands of UK workers are assaulted, abused and harassed while trying to do their job. And we have even seen a rise in violence and abuse towards key workers in the pandemic.

"Unions, government and industry must now work together on the laws and workplace policies needed to prevent abuse and punish those responsible. This should include recognising that not every worker faces the same risks. Insecure workers, frontline staff, women, Black workers and those with other protected characteristics face greater risks that must be addressed.”

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