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Guidance on preventing workplace harassment and violence has been published by employers and trade unions with the Government's backing.
In April 2007 the European social partners (ETUC, Business Europe, CEEP) signed the framework agreement on Preventing Harassment and Violence at Work. The purpose of the agreement was to:
Lord Young, Minister for Employment Relations welcomes the publication of the guidance ‘Preventing Workplace Harassment and Violence’ which was jointly published by the CBI (Confederation of British Industry), Trade Union Congress (TUC), Partnership of Public Employers (PPE) alongside the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) at its Launch on the 17 November at the EC Commission building in London which implements the Autonomous European Framework Agreement on ‘Preventing Harassment and Violence at Work’
Employment Relations Minister Lord Young said:
“Workplace harassment and violence is unacceptable and the Government is committed to addressing these problems. By making sure that employers understand their obligations and workers understand their rights we can promote a better workplace culture.
“This guidance is another step in the right direction and is the product of employers and unions working together with Government and the relevant agencies.”
A copy of 'Preventing Workplace Harassment and Violence – joint guidance implementing a European social partner agreement', can be downloaded from the workplace harassment website.