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The latest news on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the world of work and the responses of governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations.

September 2020

  1. Gender equality and COVID-19

    Gender diversity is good for business says new ILO survey in the Philippines

    18 September 2020

    A country survey jointly conducted in the Philippines by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Australian initiative “Investing in Women” recognizes the benefits of gender diversity on business and provides recommendations to better integrate and leverage the female talent pipeline.

  2. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    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.

  3. © Asian Development Bank 2020

    Social protection

    ILO: Developing countries should invest US$1.2 trillion to guarantee basic social protection

    17 September 2020

    Closing the coverage gap, worsened by COVID-19, will require additional sources of financing says a new ILO study.

  4. World Patient Safety Day

    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.

  5. Media advisory

    ILO to release new analysis of effects of COVID-19 on labour income and markets

    16 September 2020

  6. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Stranded seafarers: A “humanitarian crisis”

    15 September 2020

    ILO and other UN bodies want member States to take urgent action to help hundreds of thousands of seafarers left stranded by COVID-19 restrictions.

  7. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    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.

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    G20 Labour and Employment Ministers

    ILO welcomes G20 commitment to inclusive, employment-focused recovery from COVID-19 crisis

    10 September 2020

    G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting Declaration puts the focus on decent work, women and youth.

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    Climate Action for Jobs Initiative

    New Climate Action for Jobs Board calls for a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 crisis

    09 September 2020

    Labour and environment ministers, employers’ and workers’ leaders, and UN and development bank representatives have set in motion an “Alliance for a decade of action” on climate change, decent jobs and social justice.

  10. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    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.

  11. Multi-donor programme

    ILO/Germany programme to protect garment workers affected by COVID-19

    08 September 2020

    The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is giving €14.5 million to an International Labour Organization (ILO) multi-donor programme to help garment sector workers in seven countries who have been affected by COVID-19.

  12. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Qatar introduces historic reforms to its labour market

    03 September 2020

    In a historic move, the State of Qatar has introduced major changes to its labour market, opening up a new era for workers and employers in Qatar.

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    COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    ILO welcomes Singapore port’s new measures to help seafarers and ease crew rotations

    01 September 2020

    Singapore has brought in new measures to facilitate the safe rotation of crews at its port, while protecting ships and the local community.

  14. Our impact, their voices

    Clean water for life and livelihoods amid pandemic

    01 September 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for clean water to prevent infection, while making it more difficult for some remote and vulnerable communities to access supplies. In the Philippines, an ILO-Japan project is developing better water supply systems, providing local jobs and promoting safe and healthy working conditions.

August 2020

  1. COVID-19: Pandemic in the World of Work

    Brou Sonia’s message about child labour

    28 August 2020

    Sonia from Côte d’Ivoire dropped out of school due to family difficulties. With the ILO’s support, she received training to become a hairdresser.

  2. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    ILO releases checklist to safely reopen accommodation and food services

    28 August 2020

    Many countries are now entering a new phase in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, while at the same time managing the reopening of the accommodation and food services industries. The ILO has therefore released a practical and participatory checklist to help companies, workers and customers stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19 while mitigating the social economic impact of COVID-19.

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    Blog

    Looking back to look forward: What does the next normal look like?

    27 August 2020

    Crises, such as that caused by COVID-19, bring change. What can previous crises tell us about how those changes are likely to manifest themselves?

  4. COVID-19: Pandemic in the World of Work

    Monique Flor’s message on child labour

    26 August 2020

    As a child, Monique was sexually, physically and psychologically exploited. Today, she is a survivor. Listen to her appeal for the elimination of child labour.

  5. © Michael Coghlan 2020

    Public employment services

    Digital channels improve access to employment support

    26 August 2020

    A new ILO policy brief shows how public employment services are using technology to increase the help available to people whose jobs have been affected by COVID-19.

  6. COVID-19: Stimulating the economy and labour demand

    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.