News and articles


  1. Multilateralism and COVID-19

    Multilateralism, SDGs and COVID-19: What role for workers'organisations?

    21 April 2020,

    Why Multilaterialism and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are even more relevant as overarching responses to the COVID-19 pandemic? Maria Helena ANDRE, Director of the ILO’s Bureau for Workers ‘Activities shares her thoughts on the critical role to be played by Workers'organisations to respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic…

  2. News

    The importance of strengthening social protection systems to cope with the impact of Covid-19 on the world of work

    20 April 2020, Jakarta, Indonesia

    The rapid spread of COVID-19 has not only caused millions of confirmed cases and hundreds of thousands death worldwide, but also brought significant impact on the economy, employment and social affairs.

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    COVID-19: Stimulating the economy and employment

    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.

  4. COVID-19 and labour statistics

    Will COVID-19 impair the availability and quality of labour statistics?

    16 April 2020,

    During this COVID-19 pandemic it is more important than ever to collect up-to-date labour statistics so that we understand the fast-changing impact on labour markets. However, since most countries rely on face-to-face interviewing as their main way of collecting data, many of these interviews have been suspended. Find out how solutions are being found to keep the statistics flowing.

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    COVID-19: Stimulating the economy and employment

    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?

  6. Editorial

    COVID-19 in Vietnam: The unprecedented dual crisis

    15 April 2020,

    "If we fail to save people’s livelihoods, we will ultimately fail to protect their life and heath against the virus, and vice versa" explains ILO Viet Nam Director, Chang-Hee Lee, emphasizing the health and economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  7. COVID-19

    Viet Nam can well address labour market challenges

    15 April 2020,

    ILO Viet Nam Director Chang-Hee Lee answers some questions on COVID-19's impacts to Viet Nam’s labour market and the roles of social protection and suggests policy resonses.

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    COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    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.

  9. News

    Supporting small and medium enterprises through the COVID-19 crisis

    13 April 2020,

    The COVID-19 outbreak has hit small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and their workers hard, including in Indonesia. So what do SMEs need and what has worked in previous calamities to help them survive? Here are our top five policy options.

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    COVID-19: Solidarity between employers’ and workers’ organizations

    In times of crisis, solidarity between workers and employers is paramount, says the ILO

    09 April 2020,

    Past crises show that workers and employers need to work together to address the impact of COVID-19, says a new joint report from the International Labour Organization’s workers’ and employers’ groups.