Violence and Stress at Work Are Most Common in Predominantly Female Sectors

NW 14:54:31 07-03-2018

Violence and Stress at Work Are Most
Common in Predominantly
Female Sectors

Sofia, March 7 (BTA) - Violence and stress at work are most common in predominantly female sectors, Yanka Takeva, chair of the Union of Bulgarian Teachers with the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB), said here Wednesday. She was speaking at a conference on violence at the workplace co-organized by CITUB and its Commission for Equality, Family, Women and Children.

Takeva also heads this commission.

In Bulgaria, teachers have the most stressful job followed by medical practitioners, journalists, workers in the light industry and the police, according to a survey by the Union of Bulgarian Teachers.

Takeva said that violence, discrimination, lower pay and lower status for women are more common in these sectors than they are in areas with more balanced representation of the sexes.

CITUB Vice President Plamen Nankov suggested that the outbursts of violence may be rooted in the wide-spread feeling of injustice among Bulgarians.

Takeva said that violence against women is a global issue but in Bulgaria it is a generational problem. She also said that this country has strong stereotypes that need to be fought from early age.

CITUB will campaign in favour of having a special law against violence at the work place and preparation of sectoral codes of ethics, for deployment of anti-stress programmes in businesses and establishment of a commission to handle complaints for violence at work.

Deputy Social Minister Rossitsa Dimitrova said that no traditions justify violence at work and the society should develop an attitude of zero tolerance for this problem.

The Ministry is working in partnership with the Social Assistance Agency on a project (Together against Violence) funded by the EU-supported Operational Programme Human Resources Development, and the project activities include drafting legislation for combatting violence and improving the competences of people working with victims of violence, she said. LY/LN/