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Young workers urge the elimination of workplace violence and harassment

As part of the promotion for the ratification of the ILO Convention No. 190, the ILO took part in the discussion with young workers who aspired for workplace free from violence and harassment.

News | Jakarta, Indonesia | 18 October 2021


The ILO participated at an online webinar to promote the ratification of ILO Convention No. 190 (or C190 for short) on Violence and Harassment. The webinar focused on young workers under the title “The Voice of Young Workers: Stop Violence and Harassment at the Workplace”. Held on 14 October, in addition to the ILO, the webinar presented young workers from various professions and a presentative of women organization, Perempuan Mahardhika.

Lack of reporting mechanisms and lack of protection towards the victims of violence and harassment have made many workers prefer to stay silent or they just choose to resign and find new jobs."

Lusiani Julia, ILO’s programme officer
During the discussion, Lusiani Julia, ILO’s programme officer, highlighted that the C190 was the first international treaty to recognize the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment, including gender-based violence and harassment. The violence and harassment at work, she added, takes a range of forms and leads to physical, psychological, sexual and economic harm.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the issue even further. As millions of people work from home or staying at home due to the job loss, a new outbreak is growing, domestic violence,” explained Lusi, adding that the Convention 190 has recognized domestic violence as an element impacting employment and the health and safety of workers.

She also reminded that lack of workers’ complaints or reportages about violence and harassment at the workplaces did not mean that the acts of workplace violence and harassment did not happen. “Lack of reporting mechanisms and lack of protection towards the victims of violence and harassment have made many workers prefer to stay silent or they just choose to resign and find new jobs,” Lusi added.

Thus, according to Lusi, C190 calls on governments to make work safe for all, by recognizing the right to a world of work free from unacceptable behaviours, practices or threats. “Through the ratification of C190, joint collaboration among relevant parties can be strengthened and relevant policies needed can be deliberated,” she concluded.

Without adequate support system and reporting mechanism, many victims of violence and harassment prefer to stay silence due to victim blaming. As a result, we tend to keep the incidents to ourselves; thus, it is important to educate all workers about this."

Ullynara Zungga, a singer
Similar aspirations about the importance of the ratification of C190 were also voiced the participating young workers. Anggita R. Amini, a young apprentice, for example, shared her plight to work long hours during her apprenticeship programme. She also concerned about the apprenticeship agreement that had not yet covered issues related to occupational safety and health (OSH) and workplace harassment.

Meanwhile, Ullynara Zungga, a singer, raised her concern about lack of support system and reporting mechanism. “Without adequate support system and reporting mechanism, many victims of violence and harassment prefer to stay silence due to victim blaming. As a result, we tend to keep the incidents to ourselves; thus, it is important to educate all workers about this,” she added.

The event was also livened up with poetry readings from some women workers on their plights against violence and harassment. The event concluded with an agreement to continue promoting the ratification of C190 in the country.

In addition, the ILO continues its global campaign to promote the ratification and implementation of C190. The public is invited to participate by downloading assets from the ILO campaign hub and sharing them on social media.