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Harman calls on men in trade unions to be ‘active male allies’ in tackling sexual harassment

VETERAN Labour MP Harriet Harman called on men in trade unions to be “active male allies” in tackling sexual harassment.

Speaking to delegates on the final day of the TUC Congress in Liverpool today, Ms Harman said that sexual harassment had “long-marred our movement.”

Lauding women in union leadership as “pioneers,” she urged that it was time for men to “back sisters up.” 

Backing a motion on sexual harassment in the trade union movement at Congress on Monday, general secretary of the Bakers Food and Allied Workers union Sarah Woolley underlined the urgent need for a culture change.

“It is no longer acceptable to have open secrets about who should be avoided when the bar is open” she said.

She added that the movement should be “a beacon that society thrives to be.”

Those who act inappropriately have no place in the labour movement “because they are not trade unionists,” she said.

According to a TUC report, more than half of women have experienced some form of sexual harassment in the workplace.


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