In August 1983 the TUC launched its leaflet Sexual Harassment at Work (produced by its Women’s Advisory committee), stressing that ‘sexual harassment is a form of victimisation about which increasing concern is being expressed in the workplace’. It acknowledged there had been difficulties within the movement: ‘Many trade unionists still regard it as a “fuss about nothing”, something that is an “inevitable consequence of men and women working together”, or harmless fun’. The leaflet argued that the ‘structure of British industry’ (with women concentrated in lower status occupations and at lower levels in trade unions) meant they were more likely than men to experience sexual harassment (although this was not exclusively so). Solutions lay in training and education, producing internal guidelines, negotiating effective policies with employers, and enabling women to report cases without fear, guilt or insecurity.

Women in the print and media unions (the NUJ, the NGA and SOGAT) were also prominent in tackling the issue at TUC level and within their own male-dominated industry. They set up the London Print Campaign Against Sexual Harassment in 1983, which held meetings, organised a support network and ran a helpline.