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ILO reports more than 1-in-5 experience workplace violence

Only 23 nations have ratified the ILO treaty and it has entered into force in 10 of those nations: Argentina, Ecuador, Fiji, Greece, Italy, Mauritius, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa and Uruguay, according to ILO's latest tally. It will take effect in the other 13 nations at various dates next year.

ILO says its first global survey on violence and harassment at work aims to study a mix of factors.
ILO says its first global survey on violence and harassment at work aims to study a mix of economic, social and cultural factors. (AN/Christina @ wocintechchat.com)

GENEVA (AN) — Almost 23% of the global workforce suffers violence and harassment on the job, according to the International Labor Organization's first survey of reported physical, psychological or sexual incidents.

The survey by ILO, Lloyd’s Register Foundation and Gallup found most victims faced violence and harassment in the past five years, and more than 3-in-5 said it occurred multiple times. Most of the victims are women, youth, and migrants.

“It’s painful to learn that people face violence and harassment not just once but multiple times in their working lives,” said Manuela Tomei, ILO's assistant director-general for governance, rights and dialogue.

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