PH takes strong position vs workplace harassment, violence

from July 1, 2019 01:00 am to July 1, 2019 01:00 am

The Philippines is among the countries that strongly batted for enhanced protection of workers from any threats at workplaces as it worked hard for the adoption of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention against Violence and Harassment.


Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the adoption of the new ILO convention will ensure heightened protection of workers, especially for women and other sectors vulnerable to violence and discrimination at work.

“We hope that through the global pact and implementation of the new convention, all places of work will be free from any violence and harassment to further promote decent work for all working people,” Bello said.

In the final day of the 108th session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva, delegates, including Philippines adopted the new convention with 439 votes cast in favor, seven against and 30 abstentions. Bello addressed the plenary session of the conference.

The new convention defines violence and harassment as behaviors, practices or threats that “aim at, result in, or are likely to result in physical, psychological, sexual or economic harm.”

Under the convention, all workers and other persons in the world of work shall be protected from any discrimination and labor law abuse.

According to ILO, violence and harassment at workplaces are unacceptable and incompatible with decent work as it constitutes threat to equal opportunities and human rights violation.

The Convention will officially come into force 12 months after two member states have ratified it.

“We in the Philippines shall work together to implement its principle once it is ratified. We fully support the adoption of the standard that assures inclusivity and equality in the labor force. We believe that harassment and violence have no place at any workplace,” Bello said. ###AbegailDeVega