News

April 2020

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    Global action to beat COVID-19 crisis vital to prevent employment disaster, ILO tells G20 ministers

    23 April 2020

    More needs to be done to protect workers and support businesses, particularly in low and middle income countries, the ILO Director-General has told labour ministers.

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    COVID-19 responses must be built on human solidarity, ILO tells World Bank/IMF

    17 April 2020

    In submissions to the Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank the ILO Director-General has laid out a four-pillar plan of policy responses to the COVID-19 crisis, that are human-centred and built on global solidarity.

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    Which policies can help small businesses withstand COVID-19?

    16 April 2020

    The survival of many small and medium enterprises hangs in the balance as the devastating economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to spread. What kind of policies are needed to prevent these businesses from collapsing, and along with them millions of jobs?

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    Young workers will be hit hard by COVID-19’s economic fallout

    15 April 2020

    The COVID-19 emergency is affecting almost everyone in the world, regardless of age, income or country. However, young people are likely to be particularly hard hit by the economic fallout of the crisis. Find out five reasons why.

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    ILO’s Report on Social Protection Responses to COVID-19 Crisis by Countries

    09 April 2020

    According to a recent report by the International Labour Organization (ILO), measures in health and unemployment benefits were the most frequently announced responses by countries, with coverage further extended. Measures cover all functions social protection. The number of countries and territories that announced responses increased from 3 in February to 43 in March, including 63 measures announced by 34 countries just in the week of 16–22 March.

  6. The world of work and COVID-19: How countries are responding

    09 April 2020

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll in many countries, the ILO is publishing a digest of the actions taken by its member States and their social partners, to lessen the impact on their economies and labour markets.

  7. ILO Launches Web Page Covering COVID-19 Country Policy Responses

    08 April 2020

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    Women health workers: Working relentlessly in hospitals and at home

    07 April 2020

    Women globally make up over 70 per cent of workers in health, including those working in care institutions. They are on the front line of the fight against COVID-19. As a result of the pandemic they are facing a double burden: longer shifts at work and additional care work at home.

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    ILO: COVID-19 causes devastating losses in working hours and employment

    07 April 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic is having a catastrophic effect on working hours and earnings, globally. A new ILO report highlights some of the worst affected sectors and regions, and outlines policies to mitigate the crisis.

  10. ILO Monitor: COVID-19 and the world of work. 2nd Edition

    07 April 2020