Stories on work, peace and resilience

  1. Spanish Flu and COVID-19 – are there lessons for the world of work?

    27 May 2020

    The outbreak of Spanish Flu in 1918 decimated populations around the world and, like the COVID-19 pandemic, had a major impact on jobs, particularly in the poorest, most vulnerable communities.

  2. © Scott Lewis 2020

    How to ensure older workers fully participate in the recovery after the pandemic

    25 May 2020

    Older workers are a valuable resource for enterprises yet recent history has shown that many are at risk of losing their jobs following crisis and recession.

  3. Small matters more now than ever before

    21 May 2020

    COVID-19 has ravaged countless small businesses across the world that are key providers of jobs and livelihoods. What needs to be done to ensure they survive?

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    ILO support for employers during COVID-19 crisis

    20 May 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis has put extraordinary pressure on employers and private sector businesses, to survive and continue to provide decent work. Deborah France Massin, Director of the ILO’s Bureau for Employers’ Activities, explains how they have been helping with services and tools, and ensuring that the views of enterprise are represented to decision-makers.

  5. First person: COVID-19 stories from the world of work

    19 May 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world in ways we could hardly have imagined. Everyone has been affected and everyone has a story to share. At the International Labour Organization, we wanted to hear first-hand from people in the world of work. See their stories here.

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    The fight against COVID-19 should not mean forgetting the 37 million people living with HIV

    19 May 2020

    As the world focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic, we must not lose the gains made globally over the last thirty years in combating HIV and AIDS.

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    COVID-19 and the ILO Recommendation 205

    19 May 2020

    The ILO Recommendation No 205 on Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience, adopted in 2017 (R205) deals with crises arising from both conflicts and disasters and it is very topical as it gives guidance for situation such as the one we are facing now with COVID-19.

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    How to finance social protection in developing countries in the age of COVID-19

    13 May 2020

    It’s possible for developing countries to finance social protection for all their citizens, both in times of crisis and beyond, says development economist Jayati Ghosh.

  9. Sectoral impact: COVID-19 exposes food retailers as frontline workers?

    12 May 2020

    Food retail and grocery store workers, have become essential to the economy’s survival and to guaranteeing food security and safety for the population. These workers, working in a labour-intensive sector now considered essential, are in many cases low-skilled workers receiving low wages and inadequate social security benefits.

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    The construction sector can help lead the economic recovery – Here’s how

    11 May 2020

    The construction sector may hold the key to kick-starting economies ravaged by the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.