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April 2021

  1. Decent work

    Now I know the great feeling of having decent work

    16 April 2021

    Jordanian Omar Abu Noa’aj has struggled to find work for years due to his physical disability. Last year, an ILO employment centre helped him secure his first formal job at a garment factory, giving him a new sense of independence and purpose.

  2. ILO Infostory

    Fair recruitment. Decent work

    15 April 2021

    Many migrant workers – particularly low skilled workers – find themselves paying large recruitment fees to intermediaries in order to secure work overseas. The recruitment processes are often unclear and opens them up to abuse. The ILO has been addressing the issue through its Fair Recruitment Initiative. Find out more in our latest Infostory.

  3. UN Year: End Child Labour 2021

    Lokua Kanza: We can all act to ensure a better future for our children

    09 April 2021

    Congolese singer and songwriter, Lokua Kanza, will be one of the judges of the Music Against Child Labour Initiative’s global music competition, launched by the youth music organization Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) in collaboration with the ILO. He says it’s time to act to ensure a better future for children, and called on musicians to raise awareness of child labour by taking part in the competition, which closes on 12 April.

  4. Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank

    COVID-19 strategies must invest in human-centred recovery, ILO tells World Bank/IMF

    09 April 2021

    Economic and social recovery from the pandemic will require policies that promote decent work, address poverty and inequalities, and encourage a green recovery, the ILO’s Director-General has said in statements to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s Spring Meetings.

  5. 2021 Labour Overview Series

    26 million jobs lost in Latin America and the Caribbean during pandemic

    08 April 2021

    A new ILO analysis warns that "ambitious actions" are needed for the regional labour market to recover in 2021 – a year that began marked by new waves of contagion. The strong labour impact of COVID-19 was aggravated by pre-existing structural problems.

  6. Decent work

    ILO calls for urgent action to create decent jobs in Syria

    08 April 2021

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, has called for a strong push to develop formal employment in Syria as part of the humanitarian efforts deployed in the country. Decent work opportunities and decent livelihoods will contribute to creating resilience and to promoting peace highlighted Ryder in a message to the Brussels conference on Syria.

  7. UN Year: End Child Labour 2021

    Juan Diego Flórez: Music offers hope to children

    07 April 2021

    The Music Against Child Labour Initiative's international song competition will be judged by celebrated opera singer, Juan Diego Flórez.

  8. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Protect the mental health of health and care workers in the COVID-19 pandemic

    07 April 2021

    Health and care workers have been at the forefront of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic for more than a year. It has resulted in heavier workloads and longer working hours, with insufficient time for rest and recuperation while continuously being exposed to the risk of infection. In addition, many face violence, harassment and stigmatization as they try to do their jobs. All this is taking a toll on health workers’ mental health and wellbeing.

  9. Video

    The Future of Work Podcast: The role of digital labour platforms in transforming the world of work

    01 April 2021

    Uma Rani, Senior Economist at the ILO and author of the World Employment and Social Outlook report 2021, explains the need for dialogue and regulatory cooperation in order to provide decent work opportunities in the sector. Listen to the full podcast on: voices.ilo.org/podcast

March 2021

  1. Video

    Celebrity voices, true stories of modern slavery

    31 March 2021

    More than 50 countries have now ratified the ILO Forced Labour Protocol, meeting the target set for the 50 for Freedom campaign, which urges governments to take action on forced labour. Since the campaign was launched, a number of celebrity advocates have told the harrowing stories of people trapped in modern slavery in order to raise awareness of the issue. Listen to some of their stories.