COVID-19 and Workers'Organizations

ILO Webinar on COVID-19:Supporting Enterprises, Jobs and Income in Asia and Pacific

This webinar, part of the ACTRAV Webinar Series 2.0, will explore how to cushion the devastating consequences for the loss of income many workers face during lockdown as well as the policies in place such as wage subsidies, job retention schemes and other efforts in terms of short-term support and extension of social protection. Trade union strategies that can influence, shape and support these actions will also be discussed.


07h 00 – 07h 05 Welcome and Introduction

  • Mr. Ariel Castro, Desk Officer for Asia and Pacific

07h 05 – 07h 10 Opening remarks

  • Ms. Maria Helena Andre, Director ILO Bureau for Workers Activities s (ACTRAV)

07h 10 – 08h 00 Panel discussion

  • Prof. Santosh K Mehrotra, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.
  • Mr. Daniel Kostzer, Sr. Wage Specialist, ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
  • Shoya Yoshida: General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation – Asia Pacific (ITUC-AP) (tbc)
  • S Sultan U Ahmmed, ACTRAV Specialist, ILO Decent Work Team, South Asia.
Panel of Reactors:
  • Mr. G Sanjeeva Reddy, President, Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), India.
  • Mr. Pushkar Acharya – Chairman. Joint Trade Union Coordination committee (JTUCC), Nepal.
  • Mr. Jose Sonny Matula – National President, Federation of Free Workers, (FFW), Philippines
  • Ms. Clare Middlemas – International Affairs Officer, Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), Australia.
  • Dr Ponthiti Ponsilamanee, SERC
  • Mr. Mikyung Ryu, Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), South Korea
Moderator: Mr. Ariel Castro, Desk Officer, ACTRAV Asia and Pacific

08h 00 – 08h 20 General Questions & Answers to panellists from participants

08h 20 – 08h 30 Wrap Up and Closing Remarks