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Anti-sexual harassment code to be included in collective agreements

Labour Minister: Zeta Emilianidou

A comprehensive code covering sexual harassment is to be added to collective agreements as they come up for renewal, Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou said on Tuesday.

This was another important step towards gender equality, she said after being handed a summary of the Code of Prevention and Countering Harassment and Sexual Harassment at Work in Collective Agreements.

The document was handed to the minister by a joint delegation from the Sek and Peo trade unions and the Employers and Industrialists Federation.

In a statement, Emilianidou said both the public service and private sectors had now completed steps to tackle the phenomenon.

The minister congratulated the unions and employer organisation for working together to prepare the code, which will be incorporated into collective agreements signed between employers and employees, “with the aim of avoiding such incidents and strictly enforcing the relevant legislation”, the minister said.

When asked when the code would be implemented, the minister said it would be incorporated into each collective agreement as and when they come up for renewal. The public sector has already done this, she said.

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