The ETF is opposed to any form of discrimination based on gender, nationality, race or colour, age, sexual orientation, disability or belief.
As trade unionists, we advocate respect and dignity to all individuals and recognise each individual’s right to have an opinion. As such, we will ensure each person feels confident to speak candidly – in an honest or direct way – without fear of reprisal.
The ETF is committed to promoting a work environment based on dignity and mutual respect and along with our affiliates we operate a zero tolerance policy toward those who seek to undermine another’s self-esteem or dignity, or those who threaten to create/condone a hostile, offensive or abusive work environment. This commitment applies to all participants and delegates in ETF meetings, activities and social gatherings wherever they take place around Europe.
As an employer, the ETF has a moral and a legal duty to protect employees from any forms of harassment, abuse – verbal or physical – or similarly unacceptable behaviour; this applies equally to any ETF meetings wherever they are held, and to the working environment in the Brussels office. All social and work-related functions assume liability of the ETF as employer, and any such incidents should be submitted in writing to trigger an investigation into the matter.
An appropriate member of staff will be designated to this purpose.
It is a recommendation that the Secretariat should provide guidelines and expectations for all affiliates members who may attend any ETF organised meeting/function on the understanding that they are obliged to comply.
What we ask of you:
What is unacceptable behaviour?
This includes unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct; also using social media as a means to undermine, intimidate, harass or abuse.
Discrimination against people of protected characteristics will be deemed to be classed as unacceptable behaviour if the focus is on:
This may include such unacceptable behaviour as, but not limited to:
The ETF strives to ensure all delegates/attendees and affiliates leave any ETF associated function having had the opportunity to interact, to offer their opinion and to have enjoyed a positive experience.
Electronic communications can be harmful to people, and we should bear in mind particular areas of concern. Offensive, derogatory and discriminatory e-mails pertaining to the protected characteristics of people, equally pornographic content will be deemed as unacceptable behaviour and should be reported in writing or forwarded to an appropriate manager.
Guidance on writing e-mails
Please ensure that usage of all social media platforms conform to legislation.
Adopted by the ETF Executive Committee on 10 May 2019