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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.

October 2020

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

    How social dialogue is making a difference during the COVID-19 pandemic

    23 October 2020

    A new ILO study shows that most ILO member States made extensive use of "peak-level" social dialogue to shape their emergency measures for mitigating the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  2. ILO at Expo 2020

    A post-COVID-19 recovery must be a green recovery

    21 October 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly affected the world of work. “A recovery from the COVID-19 crisis must be a green recovery, one that builds a better world for people and planet, ensuring a just transition for all, leaving no one behind,” said ILO expert on green jobs Moustapha Kamal Gueye at the Pre-Expo Climate Change and Biodiversity Week.

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    Garment sector in Asia and the Pacific

    Asia-Pacific garment industry suffers as COVID-19 impact ripples through supply chain

    21 October 2020

    Collapsing consumer demand, government lockdown measures and disruptions to raw material imports have taken their toll on the Asia Pacific garment industry, says a new ILO report.

  4. World Statistics Day

    Connect the world with data we can trust

    20 October 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis underlines the importance of having data we can trust, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a statement to mark World Statistics Day.

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    Social dialogue

    Social dialogue crucial to tackling impact of COVID-19

    20 October 2020

    Agreements between governments, employers and workers help protect workers, businesses and economies during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report says.

  6. World Statistics Day

    Building better gender data for the future

    20 October 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare not only inequalities in the world of work, including between women and men, but it has also further emphasised the gender data gaps that hamper our understanding of the depth, nature and evolution of those inequalities.

  7. COVID-19: Promoting skills development

    Instructors of Indonesian TVETs get ready to shift to online training

    19 October 2020

    Following the successful training of the first batch, the ILO together with the Ministry of Manpower has continued the online learning programme for instructors of the technical and vocational education and training (TVETs) centers with increased number of participants and enhanced training materials.

  8. Article

    ILO Promotes COVID-19 Free Working Environment

    16 October 2020

    Advancing Decent Work and Inclusive Industrialization Programme Provided Disinfection Service & Capacity Building Training for 14 Factories in Industrial Parks in Ethiopia

  9. Annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank

    ILO: The world economy needs a new engine of economic recovery

    16 October 2020

    In written statements to the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder warned against higher levels of poverty and inequality resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. Highlighting the urgent need for social protection for all, he called for profound structural changes to build back better and faster.

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    Press release

    Critical gaps in social protection hampering Asia-Pacific region’s resilience to COVID-19

    15 October 2020

    Despite their rapid socioeconomic ascent, most countries in the Asia-Pacific region have weak social protection systems riddled with gaps, says a new report.

  11. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    ILO releases checklist to protect the health and safety of miners during COVID-19

    14 October 2020

    The mining industry plays a critical role in global supply chains and economic development. To support the sector during the #COVID-19 pandemic, the ILO has released a checklist of sector-specific guidance to keep miners and mines safe.

  12. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    COVID-19 exposes food retailers as frontline workers​

    14 October 2020

    Food retail and grocery store workers have become essential to the economy’s survival and to guaranteeing food security and safety for the population. These workers, working in a labour-intensive sector now considered essential, are in many cases low-skilled workers receiving low wages and inadequate social security benefits.

  13. ILO-EU Relations

    ILO and European Commission reaffirm mutual partnership at 15th High Level meeting

    13 October 2020

  14. COVID-19: Promoting skills development

    The ILO encourages more women to start careers in ICT sector jobs

    13 October 2020

    Employment opportunities in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) continue to grow along with rapid development of technology. The ILO encourages more women to take part in this field.

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    Vulnerable workers hardest hit by COVID-19 fallout in fragile Arab states

    13 October 2020

    Assessments show spike in job and income losses and limited financial capacities to deal with the crisis, making it even harder for vulnerable workers to earn a living.