From the immediate crisis response to COVID-19 pandemic towards economic recovery – decent work in focus

Part II : "Role of institutions, including PES, in protecting jobs and delivering services to vulnerable groups”

Organised by the ILO DWT and Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia
01 June 2020, Monday
13:00 Moscow time

Countries protecting employment and incomes for enterprises and workers negatively affected by the crisis have actively promoted employment retention schemes, facilitated working arrangements and developed policies and programs for retaining, adapting or improving the workforce skills, especially those workers affected by unemployment, partial unemployment or transitorily suspended employment.

Employment retention schemes, including short-time work arrangements, partial unemployment benefits and other time-bound support for enterprises, such as wage subsidies, provision of paid leaves and extension of existing entitlements to workers are examples of introduced measures. Working arrangements facilitated working from home where possible, with negotiated safeguards for reduced hours or part-time and flexible working time arrangements. Unemployment benefits and active labour market programs are particularly useful for offering training modalities aiming to develop or upgrade skills for unemployed workers.

PES is centrally placed to provide targeted and tailor made services to those most affected by the economic crisis generated by COVID-19 pandemic. It should be equipped, repositioned and staffed to cushion the negative impact of the crisis. Role of PES in addressing the labour market and employment crisis, including in terms of service delivery to vulnerable groups (youth, people with disabilities, informal workers, etc.) deserves a special attention.

ILO Moscow invited following speakers to share their views and insights on the above:
  • Olga Koulaeva, Director of the ILO DWT and Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia
  • Mikhail Pouchkin, Senior Employment Specialist of the ILO DWT and Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia
  • Yury Gertsiy, ILO expert
  • Ruth Santos, ILO expert
Moderator: Ramiro Pizarro, Manager of the Project “Partnerships for Youth Employment in the CIS”.
Webinar will be conducted in Russian and English. Q&A session will follow the presentation.