Turkish Metal Workers Union take an important step in drawing up a zero tolerance for violence policy paper

The International Labor Organization (ILO) Office for Türkiye is continuing in its efforts to contribute to the prevention of workplace violence and harassment, through organizing training sessions for the Turkish Metal Workers Union and providing technical input for the preparation of a "Policy Document on Zero Tolerance for Violence."

News | 13 October 2023
The ILO Office for Türkiye organized a “Training on the Policy Document for Zero Tolerance for Violence based on ILO Convention No. 190 on Violence and Harassment” event for the Turkish Metal Workers Union on October 5–6, 2023, in an effort to make technical contributions to the preparation of a “Policy Document on Zero Tolerance for Violence” in line with ILO Convention No. 190 on Violence and Harassment.

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 provided to members, representatives and experts from the Turkish Metal Workers Union. The training included presentations and group works related to the drawing up of a "Policy Document on Zero Tolerance for Violence" based on ILO Convention No. 190 on the Elimination of Violence and Harassment, and highlighted the methods and steps to be followed in such a process.

“We must raise public awareness on ILO 190”

Speaking at the training, Taliphan Kıymaz, Secretary-General of the Turkish Metal Workers Union, said, "Our Union wants to see more women taking part in the workforce under equal conditions, and we dream of a working environment and a world free of violence and harassment targeting women."

Expressing his satisfaction with Türk Metal's cooperation with the ILO, Kıymaz said: “This two-day training is very important and we regard these trainings as a milestone. We will integrate the principles of zero tolerance for violence with our practices, and will launch efforts to ensure the fulfillment of commitments made in the Paper as soon as possible.

We also recognize the need to raise public awareness on the implementation of the ILO Convention on Violence and Harassment No. 190.”

“Training is crucial for the dissemination of the gains throughout all workplaces.”

Sharing information about the ILO and Convention No. 190, Ebru Özberk, Senior Program Manager from the ILO Office for Türkiye said: “The Turkish Metal Workers Union has the highest number of members in the metal industry. This is why the training sessions and works we will hold and carry out here are crucial for the dissemination of the gains to all workplaces.”

Providing an outlook on violence and harassment against women in Türkiye, the scope of Convention No. 190 and its role in preventing violence and harassment in the workplace, Canan Güllü, President of the Federation of Women's Associations of Türkiye, said: “We are here to work out an agreement that will ensure that no women leave work as a result of violence and harassment.”

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 significance, role and scope of the policy payer, and the basic principles, the recommended approach, the drafting process 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. They also got involved in the group works with the participants.

On the second day of the training, lawyer Umut Çiftçi made a presentation on the national legislation related to violence and harassment, and the complaint and application mechanisms to be used when such situations are encountered.

The two-day training was concluded with a certificate presentation ceremony.