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UK implements European social partner agreement on violence at work
The European social partner framework agreement on preventing work-related violence and harassment at work was signed by the European social partners in April 2007. Member states have three years from that date to implement the agreement.
Over the past year, the UK social partners PPE, TUC and CBI have been working together to prepare a draft implementing the agreement in the UK. This work has been facilitated by officials from BIS, and assisted by Acas and HSE. The UK agreement was launched on 17 November at the European Commission offices in Westminster. The event was chaired by Lord Young of Norwood Green, Minister for Postal Affairs and Employment Relations.
At the launch, short presentations were given supporting the agreement by Minister Sarah Lambert, Jane Willis of the HSE, and Jan Dixon of Acas. The social partners were represented by Tina Weber, Director of PPE, Katja Hall, Director of Employment Policy CBI and Frances O'Grady, Deputy Director, General TUC. All gave short presentations expressing their intention to support implementation of the agreement.
This is an important agreement and local authorities are encouraged to download the booklet and assess whether their existing policies and procedures implement the guidance within their organisations. They are also encouraged to work with their trade union colleagues to ensure that the workforce are effectively engaged in the implementation process. This document is of particular interest to the public sector as it highlights third party violence. That is threats of or actual violence perpetrated upon an employee by a client or service user. This is a type of violence which is of particular relevance to public sector employers and employees.
Copies of the booklet can be downloaded from the workplace harrassment website.