This is Not Working

Sexual harassment has no place anywhere in the UK. But it’s still happening every day in our workplaces. Community is working with its members, the TUC and other campaigners to end sexual harassment. #ThisIsNotWorking

Our laws rely on individuals reporting harassment to get action taken but #ThisIsNotWorking – four out of five don’t feel able to report sexual harassment to their employer.

We need a new law to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace before it happens.

We’ve launched a petition calling for immediate action. For government and MPs to take notice, we need thousands of people to add their name.

Can you add your name and demand action?

#ThisIsNotWorking objectives

We call on the government to take immediate action. We demand a new, easily enforceable legal duty requiring employers to take all reasonable steps to protect workers from sexual harassment and victimisation.

These are our demands:

  • Compulsory guidance to explain exactly what employers need to do to prevent harassment – things like mandatory training
  • Ability to report anonymously to the regulator, bypassing toxic workplace environments that leave victims unable to speak out
  • Consequences for employers who don’t comply with the measures, making sure the onus lies with employers and not with the victim.

It should not be down to the individual to prevent and manage their harassment alone.

We believe, just like health and safety measures protect us from risks to our wellbeing, employers need to protect us from harassment, whether it comes from a colleague or from a third party such as a client, customer, or patient.

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The scale of the challenge.

We are not alone

All these organisations also think #ThisIsNotWorking and it’s time the government took immediate action.

Accord
Action Aid
Amnesty International UK
BECTU
Business In The Community
Community
CSP
CWU
End Violence Against Women
Equality Trust
Equity
Fawcett Society
FDA
GMB
Imkaan
Just A Ball Game
LGBT History Month
Musicians’ Union
NASWUT
NEU
Not the Job
Prospect
Pregnant Then Screwed
Rights of Women
RMT
Schools OUT UK
Stonewall
TUC
Times UP UK
UCU
Unison
UK Black Pride
Unison
Unite
UK Black Pride
USDAW
War on Want
Women’s Aid
Young Women’s Trust

 

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