Sexual abuse at work is at last beginning to be tackled.

We have been campaigning together with the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (fast food and hospitality workers) to end it. Low pay, zero hours contracts and the lack of benefits available make us particularly vulnerable to abusive employers, colleagues and customers. Job precarity and risk of worsening poverty and homelessness make it much harder for women to speak out and get help for fear their family will go under. Single mothers, women with insecure immigration status and younger women are often also seen as disposable and are targeted for abuse.


Decades of campaigning by organisations like ours and individuals who fought back have enabled global movements to grow like #MeToo and win some visibility and protection.

This has strengthened many women workers to speak out including in low paid jobs. In the US there have been widespread strikes by abuse survivors, particularly at McDonalds.

What you can do

Find out your rights and get a trusted friend to help you take action.

  • Contact your union to get help to take up your case. Union support may also be called on if you suffer domestic abuse at home.
  • Get in touch with WAR. Let’s build a strong movement together to end sexual violence everywhere. Let employers and their friends in high places know they will not get away with it any more. You’re not alone and you don’t have to put up with it!

More about our work with the Bakers Union

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Jail Rapists Not Survivors, meeting in Parliament, 2014
  • WAR speaking at the BFAWU annual conference, 2019
  • Bakers Union launches sexual harassment campaign supported by our sisters at WAR
  • Report in The Caterer

Read more about this isssue here:

More than 1,000 reports of sexual abuse and harassment at UK McDonald’s, campaigners say

By WomenAgainstRape | 28 July 2019 Exclusive: ‘He texted me to say he was at home alone with just the kids. I just blocked his number. That resulted in him pulling his pants down in the stockroom where there were no cameras,’ says McDonald’s employee Maya OppenheimWomen’s Correspondent @mayaoppenheimSaturday 20 July 2019 12:45  The president of the UK’s largest independent trade union in …

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WAR addressing Baker’s Union annual conference 2019

By WomenAgainstRape | 12 June 2019

WAR addressing Baker’s Union annual conference 2019 The Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union has been working with WAR on an inspirational campaign to stop sexual harassment in the workplace. They invited Lisa to speak at their annual conference in Southport on 10 June 2019, about the campaign. Watch the film here on You Tube

Union launches campaign against sexual harassment in hospitality

By WomenAgainstRape | 30 January 2019

Union launches campaign against sexual harassment in hospitality Published in The Caterer THURSDAY, JANUARY 10TH 2019, 10:07 WRITTEN BY: EMMA LAKE The union has joined forces with Women Against Rape to launch the campaign. The charity said: “Sexual violence in the hospitality industry is much more common than we all think. We don’t exactly know …

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