This framework agreement on harassment and violence at the workplace was negotiated in 2006 between the European social partners. On 26 April 2007, in the presence of Commissioner Spidla, the secretaries general of ETUC, BUSINESSEUROPE, UEAPME and CEEP officially signed the autonomous framework agreement. The text commits the members of the signatory parties to combat all unacceptable behaviour that can lead to harassment and violence at the workplace.
Content of the ETUC-UNICE/UEAPME-CEEP Agreement on violence at work
Building on EU and national law, European social partners condemn all forms of harassment and violence at the work place, whether physical, psychological and/or sexual; be they one-off incidents or more systematic patterns of behaviour; be they amongst colleagues, between superiors and subordinates or perpetrated by third parties; ranking from minor cases of disrespect to more serious acts.
Unacceptable behaviour by one or more individuals at work. It may be carried out by one or more managers or workers, with the purpose or effect of violating a person’s dignity, affecting his/her health and /or creating a hostile work environment
4. Prevention , identification, management