On International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018, EFFAT joins trade unions across Europe and around the world calling for Gender Equality NOW!
EFFAT fully supports the ITUC campaign for an ILO Convention on “Violence and Harassment against Women and Men in the World of Work”, including gender-based violence. EFFAT is tackling this issue particularly in the hotel & restaurant, in the agriculture and in the domestic work sectors, where women workers are specifically exposed to sexual harassment and violence by supervisors, co-workers and guests/clients.
In Europe, EFFAT calls for a swift adoption of the proposed Directive on Work-life Balance, as EU legislation in this field would provide for a more equal take up of family-related leave by both women and men and hence strongly enhance equal opportunities for women and men in the labour market. EFFAT is looking forward to soon start working with the ETUC and other ETUFs on the joint project “REBALANCE - Trade unions’ and social partners’ actions to improve reconciliation of work, family and private life for women and men”.
In the field of domestic work, EFFAT pursues its strife for declared and decent work for domestic workers. Progress on service vouchers systems, which EFFAT believes to be an excellent tool to bring domestic workers into the formal labour market, can hopefully be made in the framework of a European Parliament’s Pilot Project, in cooperation with other stakeholders in PHS – Personal and Household Services.
“Gender equality is not only about women’s rights and equal pay for equal work, but it is also about strengthening social responsibility of companies and organisations through strong representation of women in the leadership.” said Harald Wiedenhofer, General Secretary of the European Federation of Trade Unions in the Agriculture, Food and Tourism sectors (EFFAT).