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Employers and governments must act to end gender-based violence at work

December 5, 2022 | Statements

At this time of year, we remember the 14 women murdered at l’École polytechnique de Montréal on December 6, 1989, and all others who have lost their lives to gender-based violence.

The USW is joining with unions and social-justice organizations around the world to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. From Nov. 25 until Dec. 10 – including Dec. 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women – we amplify our demand for an end to the violence.

In 2022, we demand that governments act to end gender-based violence at work. This violence often takes the form of harassment and disproportionately impacts women, Two Spirit, trans, non-binary and gender-nonconforming workers.

Employers must ensure a safe and healthy workplace. And the federal government must put in place a concrete plan to ratify and implement the new international convention, C-190, to eliminate violence and harassment from the world of work.

An injury to one is an injury to all!

In solidarity,

Marty Warren
National Director for Canada

Scott Lunny
District 3 Director

Dominic Lemieux
District 5 Director

Myles Sullivan
District 6 Director


USW Action Guide for Raising the Bar on Women’s Health and Safety, including sections on harassment and on domestic and sexual violence.

USW Bargaining Guide for Addressing Domestic Violence in USW Collective Agreements

National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit/LGBTQ+ People

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