We know sexual harassment is a huge problem for staff working in the hospitality sector. It’s not alright, it’s unlawful and you shouldn’t put up with it.

Sexual harassment is a form of sexual violence and includes unwelcome behaviour which can range from leering looks and verbal abuse of a sexual nature, displaying pin ups and other sexually suggestive pictures, objects or written materials, unwelcome touching and, forced kissing and in extreme cases, assault and even rape.

Unite recently conducted a survey on sexual harassment at work. Hundreds of workers responded.

47% said they’d directly experienced sexual harassment at work and 62% said they had witnessed it.

This is what some of our members said.

“As a woman in the industy it is almost the norm to find that colleagues will ‘accidentally’ brush up against you.”

“You experience behaviour that could be classed as harassment or at the very least sexism so often you stop noticing it’s not acceptable”

“Customers feel entitled to your body and to be sexually suggestive just because you are serving them on the bar.”

 

 

We know sexual harassment is a huge problem for staff working in the hospitality sector. It’s not alright, it’s unlawful and you shouldn’t put up with it.

Sexual harassment is a form of sexual violence and includes unwelcome behaviour which can range from leering looks and verbal abuse of a sexual nature, displaying pin ups and other sexually suggestive pictures, objects or written materials, unwelcome touching and, forced kissing and in extreme cases, assault and even rape.

Unite recently conducted a survey on sexual harassment at work. Hundreds of workers responded.

47% said they’d directly experienced sexual harassment at work and 62% said they had witnessed it.

This is what some of our members said.

“As a woman in the industy it is almost the norm to find that colleagues will ‘accidentally’ brush up against you.”

“You experience behaviour that could be classed as harassment or at the very least sexism so often you stop noticing it’s not acceptable”

“Customers feel entitled to your body and to be sexually suggestive just because you are serving them on the bar.”

We are calling for a zero tolerance approach in the workplace and have already negotiated protocols with a number of employers.

We are calling for employers and local authorities to ensure safe transport home for workers in the night time economy.

We are calling for the UK Goverment to ratify International Convention 190 on the Prevention of Violence it the workplace.

Please sign our petition here.

https://www.megaphone.org.uk/petitions/call-on-the-uk-government-to-ratify-ilo-convention-190

 

 

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