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Sexual harassment code to be included in collective agreements

Employers and Industrialists Federation OEB and labour unions Sek and Peo have signed a code of conduct for sexual harassment in the workplace, with the view to incorporate it into collective labour agreements for the first time, OEB said in a statement on Friday.

The code aims at preventing and effectively tackling unacceptable behaviours which create an unpleasant work environment that affects human dignity and disrupts the smooth operation of a company.

“Dealing with such phenomena does not have opposition, the goal is common,” said Lena Panayiotou, OEB’s head of labour relations and social policy.

“Through the incorporation of the code into the hundreds of collective agreements signed by the three organisations we aim to create an appropriate culture and to provide a useful tool for workers and employers to protect those who in good faith complain or testify in relevant cases, the victims themselves and employers who are responsible for providing workers with a safe and healthy working environment,” she added.

The three organisations, OEB, Sek and Peo, represent the vast majority of employees and employers in the private and semi-public sector where collective labour agreements are negotiated, agreed upon and applied, OEB said.

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Source: Cyprus News Agency