News and Press releases

June 2020

  1. ILO and JICA Co-organize Online Study Session on Child Labour and Business

    03 June 2020

    The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) jointly organised an online study Session on Child Labour and Business on how to strengthen the collaboration in the area of child labour in order to accelerate actions for achieving Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

May 2020

  1. Recovering from the COVID-19 crisis: What policies are needed?

    29 May 2020

    For workers, what risks and opportunities has the COVID-19 crisis brought about? Catelene Passchier, Chair of the Workers’ Group of the ILO Governing Body shares her views on the policies needed to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. She also calls for more regulation of digital work and enhancement of social dialogue and tripartism to provide social justice and decent work for all.

  2. COVID-19 and Workers’Organizations: Interview with Sharan Burrow

    04 May 2020

    What should be the key policy measures to relaunch the Global economy affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic? Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) shares her views on the needs and expectations from the trade union movement on how to address the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Ms Burrow calls also for more solidarity and the need to strengthen Multilateralism…

  3. ILO Commends Nigerian Workers for their commitment in Combating COVID-19

    04 May 2020

    As was the case in other parts of the world, Nigerian workers celebrated the 2020 May Day in a style never anticipated due to the emergence of COVID-19 and its impacts across countries and sectors of economies.

April 2020

  1. Small businesses in Bulawayo contribute to the COVID-19 response

    29 April 2020

    As the world comes to terms with the impact of COVID-19, manufacturers of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves and medical robes are struggling to address shortages in key inputs for their production following disturbances in the global supply chains. Zimbabwe is no exception. As a result, we have witnessed an increase in small businesses, including those in the informal sector, repurposing their production lines to address the urgent need for facemasks, gowns and gloves. With the business development support from the ILO, the Bulawayo Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises (BCSME) is ensuring that its members are at the forefront in filling the PPE gaps in Bulawayo.

  2. Safety and Health at Work Can Save Lives and Help Stop the Covid-19 Pandemic

    28 April 2020

    As the world celebrate this year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work, commemorated on 28 April each year, there is need to address the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus in the world’s workplaces. In Malawi, the International Labour Organization (ILO) is supporting the Government, workers, and employers to prepare for and respond to COVID-19 by reinforcing the social protection and labour protection clusters of the National Preparedness and Response Plan and sponsoring rapid assessments of the impacts of the crisis on the labour market, so that the ILO can support our partners and the broader United Nations (UN) country team to target our responses for maximum impact.

  3. AUDA-NEPAD, ILO and partners organize webinar on Occupational Safety and Health in Africa

    27 April 2020

  4. Multilateralism, SDGs and COVID-19: What role for workers'organisations?

    21 April 2020

    Why Multilaterialism and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are even more relevant as overarching responses to the COVID-19 pandemic? Maria Helena ANDRE, Director of the ILO’s Bureau for Workers ‘Activities shares her thoughts on the critical role to be played by Workers'organisations to respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic…

  5. More than Jobs for Refugees

    16 April 2020

  6. COVID-19: Challenges and Impact on the Garment and Textile Industry

    14 April 2020

    The ILO Siraye programme on Advancing Decent Work and Inclusive Industrialization in Ethiopia hosted the first of a planned series of webinar aimed at bringing together representatives from the garment and textile factories and brands to address challenges and concerns emerging since the outbreak of COVID-19.