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ETF campaign to say 'no' to workplace violence against women transport workers

One of the key priorities of the ETF Gender Equality work programme for 2017-2022 (see below under ‘related documents’) is to fight workplace violence against women in transport. Transport is said to be one of the sectors with the worst record in this area and the economic crisis has left women transport workers even more exposed to violence while exercising their work.

Workplace violence has been largely debated in all gender activities organised so far by the ETF Women’s Committee.

Supplementary report with comments from women transport workers

As there was such an extensive range of comments made by women transport workers in the ETF survey on workplace violence against women transport workers, ETF decided to draw together these comments into a single document for reference purposes, and also to show the alarming extent of violence against women transport workers.

Two types of violence are presented in the report:

  1. violence and harassment against women by colleagues, managers and supervisors, and
  2. violence and harassment against women by customers

The supplementary report brings together the written comments of more than 300 women transport workers from all sector who responded to the ETF’s survey. The testimonies were selected on the basis that they were both relevant to, and are a reflection of, the responses given in the survey. They are identified by transport sector and country worked in. 

The supplementary report is available under “related documents”

Violence against women at work in transport - summary report of the findings

The ETF report on workplace violence against women transport workers reveals that women working in the sector are subject to high levels of abuse, threats, intimidation and offensive behaviour. The report is the first of its kind and is based on survey responses from more than 1,400 women transport workers from across Europe who were asked about their experiences of physical, sexual and psychological workplace violence, as well as about reporting of incidents and existing company policies. 

The report was first presented at the ETF Women’s Conference in May 2017.

The report documents a pervasive culture of sexual harassment and sexual intimidation in the workplace. This takes the form of repeated, hostile and offensive verbal, non-verbal and physical forms of violence, including sexual harassment.

Some of the survey outcomes show that:

  • 63% of the respondents have experienced at least one recent act of violence
  • 25% of the survey participants believe that violence against women is a regular occurrence in the transport sector 
  • 26% believe that harassment is considered to be ‘part of the job’ in transport 

Workplace violence is a growing problem in transport, impacting on women’s occupational safety, health and wellbeing at work. It is of particular concern that the survey shows that violence is rarely a one-off experience; rather it is likely to take place repeatedly over the working life of a woman transport worker.

Within the frame of the ETF Fair Transport Campaign, the ETF Women’s Committee will intensify its actions and say ‘NO’ to violence against women transport workers in Europe. 

The report was prepared by Dr Jane Pillinger, who is a renowned researcher on the topic of gender equality. Dr Pillinger has worked amongst others for the International Labour Organisation and for the European Trade Union Confederation.

The report “Violence against women at work in transport” is available under “related documents”

ETF survey on workplace violence against women transport workers

On the occasion of the UN Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November 2016 the ETF Women’s Committee launched an online survey on workplace violence against women transport workers in Europe. 

According to the ILO violence against transport workers is one of the most important factors limiting the attraction of transport jobs for women and breaking the retention of those who are employed in the transport sector. (Source: ILO Transport policy brief 2013)

The aim of the survey was to collect data and evidence on workplace violence against women in the transport sector. It targeted women workers from all transport sectors in Europe and was open until 28 February 2017. During the 3-month period more than 1,400 women transport workers from across Europe responded and shared their experiences. 

 
















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