COVID-19 and the world of work in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

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International labour standards and national law in light of the impact of Covid-19 on labour relations – webinar for judges in Georgia
27 June 2020 г.

The social impact of measures taken by the Government of Georgia to counter the spread of Covid-19 has brought to the fore questions related to the role of international labour standards and the application of relevant provisions of the Georgian Labour Code. To discuss these issues, the ILO and the High School of Justice of Georgia organized a webinar.
 
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Webinar on Supporting enterprises for rapid economic recovery: timely responses and the case of the Russian Federation
18 June 2020 г.

ILO Moscow Office has organized the third out of five webinars under a general title “From the immediate crisis response to COVID pandemic towards economic recovery, with decent work in focus”. The participants discussed country responses to support enterprises for rapid economic recovery, especially for employment retention in micro- and small enterprises, support to self-entrepreneurs and dismissed workers.
 
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Effective Crisis Response Strategies of Government and Businesses: Social Aspect
17 June 2020 г.

This was the title of the annual Social Forum organized by the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) as part of the Russian Business Week.
 
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Rapid Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on Workers in the Informal Economy
16 June 2020 г.

On 16 June 2020 the ILO DWT/CO Moscow held a Subregional Webinar “Rapid Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on Workers in the Informal Economy”. This was the third webinar in a series of webinars devoted to social protection response to COVID-19 pandemic in the ECIS sub-region.
 
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Turkmenistan: Webinar on Supporting Enterprises for Rapid Economic Recovery
15 June 2020 г.

On 15 June 2020, ILO Moscow organized a webinar for ILO constituents in Turkmenistan. The webinar focused on policy measures to support enterprises and businesses during the economic crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic, and securing jobs in the context of the crisis. Turkmenistan was represented by the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, social partners, Ministry of Finance, other ministries and agencies.
 
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ILO and Uzbekistan assess progress in cooperation during an online meeting
12 June 2020 г.

New Decent Work Country Programme will remain the primary framework for the ILO support to the Uzbek constituents. It will set new horizons of cooperation with increased focus on the COVID-19 longer term implications response. This was stated by the participants of the videoconference between Tanzila Narbaeva, Chairperson of the Uzbek Senate and ILO Director-General Guy Ryder held on 12 June.
 
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UNICEF, ILO, UNDP work together with the Government of Uzbekistan on strengthening social protection system
5 June 2020 г.

The Joint Programme of the Government and the UN Agencies on strengthening social protection system in Uzbekistan held its first meeting in Tashkent. The meeting focused on the roadmap for preparation of the national social protection strategy 2030.
 
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Extending social security coverage to workers in informal economy - webinar
4 June 2020 г.

On 04 June 2020 the ILO DWT/CO Moscow held a Subregional Webinar “Extending social security coverage to workers in informal economy”. This was the second webinar in a series of webinars devoted to social protection response to COVID-19 pandemic.
 
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Webinar on the Role of institutions, including PES, in protecting jobs and delivering services to vulnerable groups
1 June 2020 г.

ILO Moscow continues the series of five webinars “From the immediate crisis response to COVID pandemic towards economic recovery with decent work in focus”.
 
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Functional Self-Assessment for Public Works Fund Launched in Uzbekistan
26 May 2020 г.

Designed by ILO specialists, the PWF functional self-assessment methodology was introduced amid COVID-19 pandemic to the management and specialists of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations at a webinar on May 26, 2020.
 
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Subregional Webinar “Social Protection Response to impact of COVID -19 crisis”
22 May 2020 г.

On 22 May the ILO DWT/CO Moscow held a Subregional Webinar “Social Protection Response to impact of COVID -19 crisis” for the ILO constituents and stakeholders. It was the first webinar in a series of webinars devoted to social protection response to COVID 19 pandemic.
 
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Webinar on Employment and Labour Market Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic
20 May 2020 г.

ILO Moscow has launched a series of five webinars “From the immediate crisis response to COVID pandemic towards economic recovery with- decent work in focus”.
 
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RSPP Polls More Than 900 Russian Companies
16 May 2020 г.

IIn April 2020, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) conducted a country-wide survey among its members based on the methodology of the International Labour Organization to find out how much the Covid-19 pandemic affected company operations..
 
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A new milestone in the development of employment strategy in Uzbekistan
15 May 2020 г.

The large-scale tasks of economic and social reforms in Uzbekistan reinforce the need to transform the model of public employment policy, and in this matter we rely on the ILO technical and expert support. This was stated by the constituents who discussed the background report for the preparation of the National Employment Strategy at the video conference held on 15 May in Tashkent.
 
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Rapid costing tool for COVID-19 response – a webinar for Kyrgyzstan
8 May 2020 г.

On 08 May, 2020, the second webinar entitled Rapid costing tool for COVID-19 response, was held in the framework of a series of webinars for technical experts of the Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) and the Social Fund of the Kyrgyz Republic.
 
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ILO, Armenian Government Discuss Measures to Address COVID-19 Pandemic
5 May 2020 г.

On May 5, an online discussion was conducted between the ILO Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of Armenia to discuss ILO-Armenia cooperation in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
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ILO’s Central Asian Partners Introduced to Rapid Country Assessment Amid Pandemic
30 April 2020

Designed by ILO specialists, the rapid country assessment methodology was introduced amid COVID-19 pandemic to the ILO’s Central Asian partners at a webinar on April 30.
 
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Social Protection Responses to COVID crisis: webinar in Kyrgyzstan
29 April 2020

ILO DWT/CO has launched a series of webinars for technical experts of the Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) and the Social Fund of the Kyrgyz Republic based on their request for technical assistance to mitigate the impact of COVID19 crisis on workers (in formal and informal economy) and their families. Two other components of ILO’s technical assistance include: rapid labour market assessment and support to occupational health and safety and labour inspections.
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Private Employment Agencies can contribute to better working conditions
24 April 2020

Private employment agencies should complement the rapidly changing labour market of Uzbekistan and play the role of catalysts for new forms of human resources management services and are called upon to make a significant contribution to improving working conditions. This was stated by the participants of an international video conference “Improving the Institute of Private Employment Agencies: National and International Experience" held on 24 April 2020.
 
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COVID-19 Pandemic and Employment Relations Reset High on the Agenda of the Saint-Petersburg International Legal Forum
12 April 2020

How to save one’s business and comply with obligations before the workers? What changes to the labour law are now possible and acceptable? How to settle the legal and other aspects of remote work? These and other issues were discussed at a special panel of the forum entitled “Resetting Employment Relations. Finding a Balance of Interests between Employers and Employees in the New Reality”. As all events and discussions, this panel was conducted online.
 
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The ILO and Uzbekistan working together towards an employment strategy amid the Covid-19 crisis
03 April 2020

Despite the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, on April 3, 2020, a tripartite online conference was organized on the background report for the preparation of the new Uzbekistan National Employment Strategy. Representatives of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, employers’ and workers’ organizations, together with the ILO national and international consultants analyzed the labour market, national and sectoral employment policies and identified ways to ensure the transition to formal and more productive jobs.
 
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Virtual meeting of Ms. Olga Koulaeva, DWT/CO Moscow Director, with Ms. Gulru Jabborzoda, Minister of labour, migration and employment of population of Republic of Tajikistan
01 April 2020

On 1 April 2020 a virtual meeting of Ms. Olga Koulaeva, Director of ILO DWT/CO in Moscow, with Ms. Gulru Jabborzoda, Minister of labour, migration and employment of population of Republic of Tajikistan was held. Mr. Mikhail Pouchkin, Senior Employment Specialist and Ms. Jasmina Papa, Senior Social Protection Specialist also attended the meeting on behalf of the ILO DWT/CO in Moscow.
 
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ILO Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia Moves to Teleworking due to COVID-19
18 March 2020

In accordance with the ILO Director-General’s decision and as a mitigation measure in the local circumstances, full teleworking arrangement as of 17 March 2020 and until further notice has been introduced to ILO staff stationed in Moscow, Tashkent, Yerevan, Baku, Tbilisi, Nur-Sultan and Bishkek.