Sexual harassment

Report: Sexual harassment is a widespread problem in the tourism industry. The industry needs systemic change in order to realize its full potential and become an attractive industry to work in.

While some may see the behavior associated with sexual harassment as harmless horseplay, others see it as violation of their dignity. The social partners should give priority to issues of third-party violence and harassment in their efforts to improve workplace conditions, as sexual harassment may have negative consequences not only for the direct victims but also for their families and co-workers, as well as for organizations and society at large.

In recent years there has been growing awareness among Nordic trade unions in the tourism sector of sexual harassment being a serious health and safety problem. On 8-9 June 2015, the Nordic Union of Hotel, Restaurant, Catering and Tourism Workers and its member organizations hosted a conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, on the subject of sexism and sexual harassment in the tourism sector.

The attached report is partly the result of the conference.

The aim of this report is to provide information and strategies for how to raise awareness about sexual harassment in the workplace and on how to eradicate it. Employers and workers have a shared responsibility for health and safety at work. However, the main responsibility for preventing any form of harassment lies with employers, who have a statutory duty to provide a safe working environment and safeguard the health and safety of their employees.

Report on sexual harassment - ENG

Report on sexual harassment - DA

Report on sexual harassment - SV


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The Nordic Union for Hotel, Restaurant, Catering and Tourism sector, is an association of unions in Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, all of which unionise workers of the HRCT industry. The member unions have all made collective agreements with employers organizations and companies in the NU HRCT.

All in all NU HRCT covers seven unions with a total of about 115,000 members.