In an unprecedented act of mobilization, the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) and the industry’s eleven employer and union associations are making a public commitment to support victims of misconduct, harassment and sexual harassment on construction sites.
Assembled for a press conference held at the CCQ’s head office on November 3, 2017, these partners announced the creation of the Relais-construction line, 1 844 374–4149.
“All construction industry partners are joining forces to fight misconduct, harassment and sexual harassment on construction sites. We are pooling our efforts and expertise to guide those faced with these problems towards the right resources. They often do not know where to turn to get answers to their questions or redress for the wrongs caused to them. A special line is now available to serve as a link between all the organizations and steer people in the right direction,” stated Diane Lemieux, CCQ President and CEO.
This is the commitment all construction sector representatives are making to victims. There are many avenues of recourse for victims of misconduct, harassment or sexual harassment on construction sites; however, it can be difficult to navigate through the many options and it may seem overwhelming to undertake these procedures without assistance.
Don’t try to do the work of law enforcement agencies
“We strongly encourage all victims to file a complaint with the police. The guilty parties must be punished and police agencies have all the expertise required to conduct investigations and protect victims. The special line announced today is in no way a substitute for the work of our law enforcement agencies: we will recommend to anyone reporting what seems to be criminal acts that they inform the police,” added Diane Lemieux.
Fostering a healthy work environment on construction sites
In the current social context, where misconduct, harassment and sexual harassment are being unequivocally condemned, organizations have to take action to eliminate these behaviours.
“This special referral and information line is a first step, which will be followed by others. For example, the construction industry established a target of having women represent 3% of construction site workers in 2018. The work environment is a clearly a major obstacle for women wanting to pursue a career in construction. In 2018, the CCQ will offer the industry other measures to fight misconduct, harassment and sexual harassment in the construction industry,” concluded the CEO.