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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.

August 2020

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

    Trinh Ngoc Hoa’s message on child labour

    24 August 2020

    Trinh dropped out of school at a young age and started to work collecting lotus flowers and transporting cucumbers. With the ILO’s support, he is receiving vocational training to become a mechanic. Listen to his message to world leaders about ending child labour.

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    COVID-19 and higher education

    Education pays off, but you have to be patient

    24 August 2020

    The pandemic is making us rethink and re-organize education. Workers with higher educational attainment may expect to be able to find a job (and a quality job, for that matter) as soon as they become available. But is that so?

  3. International Day for Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

    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.

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

    Molly Namirembe’s message on child labour

    20 August 2020

    In this message, Molly talks about her views on the impact of COVID-19 on child labour and calls on leaders around the world to take action.

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    Blog

    Put gender equality at the heart of the post-COVID-19 economic recovery

    20 August 2020

    The pandemic is disproportionately affecting women workers. Governments should prioritize policies that offset the effects the COVID-19 crisis is having on their jobs.

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

    Yussif Abdulla Abu Al-Nour’s message on child labour

    18 August 2020

    Yussif had to start work at a young age to support his family. Because of COVID-19, he has no access to e-learning. Hear his appeal to world leaders to take action on the elimination of child labour

  7. News

    Building on PAGE work for a Green Recovery in Jiangsu

    17 August 2020

    In December 2019, a Green Development week took place in Suzhou to provide a platform for cross-sectoral dialogue, learning and information exchange in order to boost green development in Jiangsu. Moving forward to a post-COVID-19 context, it is apparent that the central themes explored in the green development week are also those crucial to green recovery in Jiangsu.

  8. Article

    On Mexico’s coffee farms, COVID-19 highlights need for fair recruitment

    17 August 2020

    Farmers and workers on the Mexico-Guatemala border have long relied on informal cross-border migrant labour, although these practices open the way to exploitation and abuse, and in the era of COVID-19, increase health and safety risks. Now, an ILO project is working with local organizations to promote fairer and safer recruitment practices.

  9. Blog

    On Mexico’s farms, COVID-19 highlights need for fair recruitment

    17 August 2020

    Farmers and workers on the Mexico-Guatemala border have long relied on informal cross-border migrant labour, although these practices open the way to exploitation and abuse, and in the era of COVID-19, increase health and safety risks. Now, an ILO project is working with local organizations to promote fairer and safer recruitment practices.

  10. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    How to practice teleworking effectively

    14 August 2020

    With an increase in people working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jon Messenger, an ILO expert on working conditions, introduces a new guide on effective teleworking.

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    Article

    Q&A on: Robotics and reshoring - Employment implications for developing countries

    13 August 2020

    This new publication explores the implications of increasing automation through case studies across four different sectors in developing countries. The volume examines how robotics and reshoring can affect both the quantity and quality of jobs, focusing on workers at the shop-floor level. This Question and Answer gives a brief overview of the motivations for producing the volume and its findings.

  12. Our impact, their voices

    Social dialogue, a key to business survival and resilience in Viet Nam

    13 August 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe impact on Viet Nam’s garment, footwear and handbag industry, with almost one-in-four workers losing their jobs. The ILO in Viet Nam has been supporting its partners to foster social dialogue in businesses, to ensure the protection of the most vulnerable workers.

  13. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    ILO survey on COVID-19’s impact on youth employment

    11 August 2020

    During a four week period from 21 April to 21 May 2020, the ILO and partners of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth conducted a Global Survey on Youth and COVID-19 focused on four areas: employment, education and training, mental well-being, and rights and voices. The survey provides crucial information on how the pandemic is affecting the lives of young people.

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    Youth and COVID-19

    COVID-19 disrupts education of more than 70 per cent of youth

    11 August 2020

    The disproportionate effect of the pandemic on young people has exacerbated inequalities and risks reducing the productive potential of an entire generation, according to the International Labour Organization.

  15. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    A universal commitment to end child labour

    07 August 2020

    The universal ratification of Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour by all 187 ILO member States reflects a global commitment to protect children all around the world. With COVID-19 threatening to reverse 20 years of progress, implementation of the Convention is needed more than ever.

  16. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Indigenous peoples can help build a ‘better normal’

    07 August 2020

    9 August commemorates International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. They have been hard hit by the COVID-19 crisis but are key partners in building a ‘better normal’ that respects their rights and ensures access to decent work.

July 2020

  1. COVID-19: Stimulating employment and incomes

    Mauritania tailors sew to save jobs and fight COVID-19

    28 July 2020

    With the support of the ILO, tailors in the Mauritanian town of Bassikounou are staying in business by creating products to prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading.

  2. © Nenad Stojkovic 2020

    Blog

    A better normal must mean tackling workplace violence and harassment

    27 July 2020

    There are signs that work-related violence and harassment has increased during the COVID-19 crisis. A new ILO report looks at how the causes and manifestations can be addressed, something that will be essential if we are to create a ‘better normal’.

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

    The ILO Global Summit Highlights: COVID-19 and the World of Work

    22 July 2020

    From the 1st to the 9th of July, the ILO hosted the largest ever online summit of workers, employers and government representatives to address the impact of COVID-19 on the world of work, and how to build a better future of work after the pandemic. Find out more: global-summit.ilo.org/en

  4. COVID-19: Stimulating employment and incomes

    Jump-start a green recovery with more and better Jobs

    21 July 2020

    As governments respond to the #COVID-19 pandemic, the multiple links between public health and the environment have become evident. Sustaining environmental and health gains can therefore help prevent future pandemics and climate-related crises. The ILO policy brief describing how to jump-start this green recovery is available now at: www.ilo.org/covid19