National Day of Mourning

Violence and harassment: Not part of the job

Violence and harassment are a daily reality for far too many workers in Canada. Both are preventable, and neither should ever be seen as “just part of the job.” That’s why this Day of Mourning, Canada’s unions are asking our government to do more to prevent and stop workplace violence and harassment.

Add your voice to our call on the federal government to help prevent and stop workplace harassment and violence:

  • Make it safe for workers to report harassment and violence by implementing anti-reprisal measures, including whistleblower protection.
  • Ensure federal health and safety officers can be as effective as possible. That means hiring more officers and ensuring they receive the robust training they need.
  • Recognize domestic violence as a workplace hazard. This will raise awareness around the need for employers to conduct workplace risk assessments, training and safety planning, and to ensure supports are in place for workers experiencing domestic violence.

What is workplace violence and harassment?

Workplace violence isn’t just physical assault or attacks. It also includes threatening behaviour, verbal or written threats, harassment and verbal abuse. It can happen once, or be part of a pattern.

All workers can experience violence and harassment on the job, but there are many factors – such as working with the public, with money, where alcohol is served, or in isolation – that leave some workers more at risk.

Perpetrators can be clients, co-workers, supervisors or members of the public. Violence and harassment can happen in the traditional workplace, or off-site at work-related events.

Workers experiencing domestic violence often experience harassment, stalking and violence from abusers when they’re at work. This can put co-workers and others in the workplace at risk too.