BWI hails UK and San Marino for ratifying ILO Convention 190

Two new countries ratified the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention No. 190 on the Violence and Harassment in Workplaces, bringing to 12 the number of countries that ratified the measure. 

On 7 March, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland deposited the instrument of ratification of the Convention with the Director-General of the ILO. By submitting the instrument of ratification, it became the third country in Europe to ratify ILO Convention No. 190.

Meanwhile, On 14 April, the Republic of San Marino deposited its own instrument of ratification of the convention with the ILO, making it the latest country to ratify the measure and the fourth European country to do so. 

Rt Hon Dr. Thérèse Coffey MP, Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, said that no one should be the target of violence and harassment, especially for simply doing their job. “I am pleased to be here to mark the UK’s ratification of the ILO Violence and Harassment Convention; the first international treaty to recognise the right to a world of work free from violence and harassment,” said Coffey at the ceremony of the depositing of the official instrument of ratification held at the ILO in Geneva. 

Republic of San Marino Labour Minister Teodoro Lonfernini underlined the need to maintain the attention on the issue of violence and harassment at work and stated that “the Government and the Trade Unions and Employers' Associations are working, with an inclusive approach, recognizing the complementary role and functions of all the actors, for the preparation of a "Multi-annual National Plan on the elimination of violence, harassment and gender discrimination in the world of work" in accordance with the provisions of the Convention.”

The Building and Woodworkers’ International (BWI) welcomed the latest ratifications, calling them major advancements in the fight for women workers’ rights and against workplace gender-based violence and discrimination. 

“The UK and the Republic of San Marino’s ratifications are major sources of inspiration as we push forward the campaign for more country ratifications of the convention. Our trade union affiliates, partners and allies will not stop until this convention attains universal ratification and workplace gender-based violence, discrimination and inequality became relics of an old, patriarchal past,” BWI said. 

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