ILO continues its training activities at Koop-Iş Union, promoting the elimination of violence and harassment in the workplace

News | 06 October 2023
On October 2–3, 2023 ILO Office for Türkiye delivered its “Training on the Policy Document for Zero Tolerance to Violence based on ILO Convention No. 190 on Violence and Harassment” to representatives of the Koop-İş Union, supporting their development of a “Zero Tolerance to Violence Policy Document” in line with ILO Convention No. 190 on Violence and Harassment.

“Koop-İş Union: "We are Ready to Provide Support"

Under the "More and Better Jobs for Women" Program being carried out by the ILO Office for Türkiye with financing from Sweden, two days of training were delivered to members, representatives and experts serving in the trade, office, education and fine arts branches of the Koop-İş Union – a member of the TÜRK-İŞ Confederation. The training included presentations and group works related to the drawing up of a "Zero Tolerance to Violence Policy Document" based on ILO Convention No. 190 on the Elimination of Violence and Harassment, and detailed the methods and steps to be followed in such a process.

Attending the meeting was Koop-İş Union President Eyüp Alemdar, who stated that violence was witnessed in every sphere of society, on the streets and in shopping malls, and highlighted the importance of the Policy Document that would be developed in this regard. Noting that the problems of violence and harassment also fall under the purview of occupational health and safety, Alemdar thanked the ILO for their efforts to eliminate violence and harassment in the workplace and for the support they provide to the unions, stating that they were ready to provide support to the efforts to ensure decent working conditions and the elimination of violence and harassment.

During the training, Senior Program Coordinator Ebru Özberk Anlı gave information about the mission of the ILO, while Canan Güllü, President of the Federation of Women's Associations of Turkey, provided an overview of violence and harassment against women in Turkey, the scope of the Convention No. 190, and its role in the prevention of violence and harassment at work. Lawyer Umut Çiftçi then provided some information on the national legislation and application mechanisms related to violence and harassment.

ILO activities continuing, expanding into the private sector, NGOs, municipalities and social partners

The training also featured presentations by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ceyhun Güler of İzmir Dokuz Eylül University and Dr. Seher Demirkaya of Karamanoğlu Mehmetbey University, who provided detailed information on the basic principles, the recommended approach and the next steps to be taken for the development of the Union’s Policy Document on Zero Tolerance for Violence in the light of the Convention No. 190, as well as group works with the involvement of the participants.

ILO Office for Türkiye has been engaged in efforts to eliminate violence and harassment in the workplace since 2018, and intensified these efforts with the adoption of Convention No. 190 in 2019, together with social partners, the private sector and civil society. As a result of the efforts of the ILO Office for Türkiye, many unions, private sector organizations, municipalities and non-governmental organizations have developed and accepted the “Zero Tolerance to Violence” Policy Document and have launched their own implementation efforts. In addition, articles compatible with Convention No. 190 have begun to be included in the collective bargaining agreements negotiated and entered into by labor unions.