Framework Agreement On Harassment And Violence At Work 2007
Home / EU social dialogue / Inter-industry GNI / Results / Framework agreements / Framework agreement on harassment and violence in the workplace (2007) In 2007, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the European Economic Confederation (BUSINESSEUROPE), the European Union of Small and Medium-sized Craft Enterprises (UEAPME) and the European Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation and General Trade Enterprises signed The interest (CEEP) is the ca harassment and violence in the workplace. On the basis of European and national law, the European social partners condemn all forms of harassment and violence in the workplace, whether physically, psychologically and/or sexually; whether they are single incidents or more systematic behaviours; either between colleagues, between superiors and subordinates or committed by third parties; Minor cases ranging from disrespect to more serious acts. However, in most EU Member States, the agreement has been implemented through non-binding measures such as the adoption of recommendations, strategic documents, declarations and other information tools. In six countries, the transposition process was limited to the translation of the text of the Treaty into the national language. This framework agreement on harassment and violence in the workplace was negotiated in 2006 between the European social partners. 26 In the presence of Commissioner Spidla, the Secretaries-General of the ETUC, BUSINESSEUROPE, UEAPME and CEEP officially signed the autonomous framework agreement on 7 April 2007. The text obliges the members of the signatory parties to fight against all unacceptable behaviour that can lead to harassment and violence at work. Content of the ETUC-UNICE/UEAPME-CEEP agreement on violence in the workplace In order to assess the real impact of the agreement on the workplace, the Commission carried out an online survey for company managers and workers` representatives. Although the authors point out that the survey results “should be treated with caution due to the limited coverage of the surveys,” they show some rather disturbing figures on employers` awareness of the subject. For this, just over 30% of the companies surveyed were aware of the European Framework Agreement, and only 17% thought that sick leave related to work-related violence and harassment was a problem. The Framework Agreement of April 2007 led to the adoption of legally binding instruments in a very limited number of countries. In five countries (Cyprus, Denmark, France, Luxembourg and Spain), the national social partners have transposed the European Framework Agreement into collective agreements. In France and Luxembourg, these were later declared universal by the government, while in Denmark, the agreement applies only to the public sector.
In Slovenia, national legislation on health and safety at work has been amended to address the issues raised in the agreement. Implementation of the European Agreement FW on Harassment and Violence at Work – Joint Final Report of the European Social Partners 27 October 2011 (pdf – 451.80 Kb) By signing the Framework Agreement in April 2007, the European social partners recognised that harassment and violence in the workplace can have “serious social and economic consequences”. The signatories also pledged to make a clear statement that such practices “are not tolerated.” Study on the implementation of the autonomous framework agreement on harassment and violence in the workplace – Final report Unacceptable behaviour of one or more persons in the workplace. . . .