As workers, we all deserve to be safe at work, Tiarne Crowther writes. The majority of IEU members are women, and we also have a proud collective of workers who do not conform to common notions of gender or gender roles. These workers are more likely to be harmed by sexist attitudes at work.
In fact, a 2016 report by the Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC) and We Are Union Women found that 64% of Victorian women workers experienced bullying, harassment or violence in the workplace.
The report found 60% of women workers felt “unsafe, uncomfortable or at risk” in their workplace, 44% had experienced discrimination at work, and 19% have resigned from a workplace because they did not feel safe.
We know this fits into a broader picture for women in Australia. Nationally, more than one woman per week is killed by a partner or former partner; one in three women have experienced physical violence, and one in five have experienced sexual violence.