The results of a recent United Voice survey show the sad reality of the of sexual harassment in the hospitality sector.
Statistics show 89% of the 306 female hospitality workers questioned have experienced some form of sexual harassment whilst at work, with 19% of those surveyed having been sexually assaulted.
A staggering 48% of those surveyed believe their management do not take the issue seriously.
Sexual harassment does not need to be physical or obvious and it does not need to happen in front of people, or even in the workplace.
Sexual harassment is regarded as any unwelcome sexual action or behaviour which makes you feel uncomfortable, threatened, offended or humiliated.
It can happen to anyone, by anyone and can be ongoing or an isolated incident .
Hospitality members know all too well of sexual harassment in workplaces and are speaking up and making these issues heard.
Hospitality member of 6 years Jo said people don’t think of the how comments will affect workers.
“People need to actually think about what they are saying, I think people just think we are just there to serve them,”
“I have feelings and sexual harassment is not alright, ever.” She said.
Respect is the Rule is a United Voice campaign supporting hospitality workers in their fight to eliminate sexual harassment in their workplace.
This campaign is encouraging workers and employers to sign the pledge in solidarity, to make their workplaces a safe and respectful environment.
Jo said that she feels helpless watching it happen to other people.
“I feel so angry, yet so helpless when it happens to others…I speak up, but not everyone does,”
“Please don’t be afraid to go to someone about this, you need to talk to someone you feel comfortable with.” She said.
While it can be a tough issue to talk about, United Voice members are encouraged to speak up about sexual harassment they have experienced in the workplace.
If members feel uncomfortable at work and need to speak to someone about it, they can contact the Member Support Team on 9388 5400.
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