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Sodexo/ IUF declaration of intent on domestic violence

Because domestic violence is widespread and has repercussions on the world of work, the IUF and Sodexo Group want to work together and declare their shared desire to contribute to building an empathic world of work, where trust and confidentiality are key, and to develop a framework with specific measures to implement policies that mitigate the impacts of domestic violence.

“Sodexo” refers to the company Sodexo SA and all subsidiaries under its control;
“IUF” refers to the International Union of Food, Agriculture, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ associations and its affiliated unions in the Sodexo business sectors. Tjhe full declaration can be found here:

ETNO and UNI Europa ICTS joint statement on protecting all telecommunications workers from violence and harassment at the workplace

services workers’ union for workers in ICT and related services,  signed a joint commitment to provide a safe and inclusive work environment for all telecommunications employees. In their joint statement, ETNO and UNI Europa ICTS pledge to work together and apply appropriate measures to prevent violence and harassment in the telecommunications industry workforce. The role played by social dialogue and collective bargaining between trade unions and employers is extremely important, so are the applicable co-decision rights of workers regarding health and safety at work are respected. The joint statement can be found here:

EU Draft Directive on Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence

Commission on 8 March 2022), the European Parliament issued a report on 7 March 2023 Combating violence against women and domestic violence. The proposed directive to combat violence against women and domestic violence would require Member States to criminalise certain offences, take steps to protect and support victims of all forms of violence against women, prevent such violence, improve access to justice, and ensure coordination between relevant authorities and services. The report can be found here:

ILO Violence and Harassment Convention No. 190

By 25 June 2023 31 countries had ratified ILO C190. For the list of countries that have ratified see: For further information about ILO C190 see:

Building safe spaces: domestic violence and the workplace, EU-OSHA Discussion Paper

The effects of domestic violence on survivors’ lives are seldom confined to where it takes place, with the majority of victims experiencing disruptions to their career as a consequence. The negative impact of abuse on their health, productivity and overall wellbeing can also affect their co-workers and employers.
This discussion paper by Jane Pillinger outlines how domestic violence is a workplace issue and provides examples of legal and policy frameworks at the EU and national levels. It also recommends useful workplace measures that can support survivors effectively and help combat abuse.

Domestic violence and the workplace: OSH-Wiki

This article discusses how domestic violence can spill over into the workplace and what practical steps can be taken in the workplace. While domestic violence can affect the workplace, only fairly recently has it been recognised as an issue that should be addressed as part of measures to eliminate violence and harassment at work.

Violence in the workplace: Women and frontline workers face higher risks, Eurofound Blog

Women and frontline workers are most exposed to the risks of adverse social behaviour at work, such as burnout, exhaustion, anxiety and depression.This is according to the European Working Conditions Telephone Survey 2021 (EWCTS): a high quality, probability-based survey covering over 70,000 interviews in 36 countries, conducted between February and November 2021.

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