Thematic analysis and practical advice

  1. Rebuild tourism safely to save 300 million jobs worldwide

    25 September 2020

    Tourism has been among the hardest hit of all sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The industry employs some 300 million workers globally, with women, youth, and workers in the informal economy most at risk from job losses and business closures. World Tourism Day is an opportunity to rethink the future of the tourism sector, including how to save the jobs so many are dependent on.

  2. Employment and decent work can contribute to peace and social cohesion during the COVID-19 crisis

    24 September 2020

    Countries that are already experiencing fragility, conflict, climate change and forced displacement will continue to face multiple burdens as results of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ILO calls for more peaceful and resilient societies through the promotion of employment and decent work.

  3. End the plight of stranded seafarers

    24 September 2020

    COVID-19 containment measures, travel restrictions and border closures, continue to make it increasingly difficult for ship operators worldwide to conduct required crew changes. The ILO, shipowners’ and seafarers’ organizations and UN bodies call to end the plight of seafarers and to fully respect seafarers’ rights.

  4. Financing gaps in social protection

    17 September 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis has revealed the catastrophic impact of the lack of social protection coverage for 4 billion people around the world. Social security is a human right and the acute need for social protection is more evident than ever. However, 55% of the global population is completely unprotected. This is linked to insufficient progress in closing social protection financing gaps. Closing these gaps is both necessary and achievable. With concerted political will, we can make social protection for all a reality.

  5. Safe health workers, safe patients

    17 September 2020

    Millions of health workers risk their own health doing their daily work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their safety affects the safety of the patients in their care. Respect for labour rights and decent conditions of work are crucial to give these frontline workers the protection they need to save lives and keep their patients safe.

  6. Financing gaps in social protection: Global estimates and strategies for developing countries in light of the COVID-19 crisis and beyond

    17 September 2020

    Closing the social protection coverage gap, worsened by COVID-19, will require additional sources of financing.

  7. Building back better for women: Women's dire position in the informal economy

    15 September 2020

  8. Answering key questions around informality in micro and small enterprises during the COVID-19 crisis

    14 September 2020

  9. Play fair for equal pay

    14 September 2020

    Ahead of the first ever International Equal Pay Day on 18 September, World Cup-winning footballer Megan Rapinoe says that diversity, inclusion and pay equity are the keys to building a better world of work.

  10. Business and COVID-19

    14 September 2020

  11. ILO COVID-19 prevention checklist to protect workers in small businesses

    09 September 2020

    The ILO has devised a checklist so that Small and Medium Enterprises can assess their COVID-19 risks and put in place measures to protect the safety and health of their workers.

  12. Extending social protection to informal workers in the COVID-19 crisis. Country responses and policy considerations

    04 September 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis and its economic and social impacts are particularly harsh for workers in the informal economy and their families. Almost 1.6 billion informal workers are affected by the lockdown and containment measures and/or are working in the hardest-hit sectors.

  13. A quick reference guide to common COVID-19 policy responses

    04 September 2020

    This reference guide provides a menu of common policy measures implemented by governments from different parts of the world in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on policy measures affecting business directly or indirectly. It assists employers’ and business membership organizations (EBMOs) in their advocacy and policy work by providing examples of policy measures drawn from different regions, countries, sectors and development contexts with relevance to the Asia-Pacific region. This guide also includes a number of policy proposals advocated by EBMOs which have not yet been adopted. For guidance and support on putting forward recommendations on COVID-19 to governments, unions and other stakeholders, EBMOs may review the COVID-19 EBMO public statement template here.

  14. Social dialogue on occupational safety and health in the Covid-19 context. Ensuring a safe return to work - Practical examples -

    26 August 2020

    Against the background of the Covid-19 pandemic, most countries have re-opened their economy and workers have been requested to return to their workplace. The present Brief highlights the need for social dialogue in order to ensure a safe return to work. It also illustrates a number of practical examples from across the globe where this return was prepared through bipartite or tripartite consultations, at the national, sectoral or enterprise level.

  15. COVID-19 and accommodation and food service activities: Prevention and control checklist

    26 August 2020

    This checklist is designed as a practical and participatory tool to help implement and continuously improve practical action to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in accommodation and food service activities.

  16. Hotel executive Kotchaporn shares how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected her work in Thailand

    25 August 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected Thailand's tourism sector. Hotel executive Kotchaporn describes how her work has changed.

  17. Joaquín Furriel: Slavery has no place in the modern world!

    24 August 2020

    On International Day for Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, actor Joaquín Furriel talks about the stark realities of modern slavery and how the pandemic might lead to more incidences of forced labour and abuse and jeopardize the freedom of those already vulnerable. We have to mobilize citizen and public policy action.

  18. Social protection responses to COVID-19 in Asia and the Pacific: The story so far and future considerations

    19 August 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis has fundamentally shaken societies and economies across the Asia-Pacific region and the world. As some countries begin to enter what is likely to be a long recovery phase, this note, result of a collaborative effort of the United Nations Issue-based Coalition (IBC) for Inclusion and Empowerment, explores how short-term measures can be transformed into comprehensive and shock-responsive social protection system.

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    Tackling the COVID-19 youth employment crisis in Asia and the Pacific

    18 August 2020

    Young people’s employment prospects in Asia and the Pacific are severely challenged as a result of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Youth (15–24 years) will be hit harder than adults (25 and older) in the immediate crisis and also risk bearing higher longer-term economic and social costs, says a joint ILO-ADB report.

  20. Tackling the COVID-19 youth employment crisis in Asia and the Pacific

    18 August 2020

    Young people’s employment prospects in Asia and the Pacific are severely challenged as a result of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Youth (15–24 years) will be hit harder than adults (25 and older) in the immediate crisis and also risk bearing higher longer-term economic and social costs, says a joint ILO-ADB report.

  21. COVID-19: Public employment services and labour market policy responses

    17 August 2020

    Employment services and labour market policies are key to bridging from immediate measures to a job-rich recovery.