All ILO Newsroom content

May 2020

  1. COVID-19: Social protection

    Adequate sickness benefits to all

    14 May 2020

    The COVID-19 health crisis revealed important gaps in terms of entitlements to protection in case of sickness. Sickness benefits are an important part of social health protection to ensure access to health care and income security.

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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.

  3. COVID-19: Protecting workers

    Sectoral impact: COVID-19 and the education sector

    12 May 2020

    Teachers and schools have been creative in adopting a variety of technology-based strategies as alternatives to the traditional classroom. the reality remains that some schools and regions are better positioned than others to take advantage of resources, technological infrastructure and the education technology market to respond to the crisis in more effective and comprehensive ways.

  4. COVID-19: Protecting workers

    Sectoral impact: COVID-19 and public emergency services

    12 May 2020

    Public emergency services (PES) play a large role in protecting the population against coronavirus and allowing the economy to resume activities as soon as possible, but for that they need to be adequately protected against inherent risks and participate in the elaboration of prevention measures and work design.

  5. COVID-19: Protecting workers

    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.

  6. COVID-19: Protecting workers

    Sectoral impact: COVID-19 is unravelling the textiles, clothing, leather and footwear industries

    12 May 2020

    Efforts to mitigate the public health emergency of the #COVID-19 pandemic are having an immense impact on the textiles, clothing, leather and footwear industries. Quarantine measures, closure of retail stores, and salary reductions have suppressed consumer demand. At the same time, this highly globalized sector is also struggling with severe supply-side disruption; as workers are told to stay at home, supply chains grind to a halt and factories close. Urgent attention is needed to help these industries recover, to save millions of livelihoods, and help them build back better.

  7. Article

    Moving towards 100% renewable power in Hawaii (with a little help from sheep)

    12 May 2020

    The US island state of Hawaii has committed to generating 100 per cent of its power using renewable energy by 2045, demonstrating to other US states and island communities across the world, that sustainable energy can be a reality. UN News and the ILO traveled to Hawaii to talk to a power company executive and a sheep farmer to find out how they are contributing to that goal.

  8. COVID-19: Protecting workers

    Sectoral impact: COVID-19 creates rough seas for global shipping and fishing

    12 May 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis is affecting the personal safety and health of seafarers and fishers, their conditions of work and their ability to join and leave their vessels. This has had a negative impact on their capacity to perform their key role in ensuring transport by sea, serving passengers and harvesting seafood. With the shipping sector carrying 90 per cent of global trade and the maritime fishing sector being a major supplier of food and livelihoods, the impact of #COVID-19 on employment in these sectors is therefore substantial.

  9. COVID-19: Protecting workers

    Sectoral impact: Civil aviation sector grounded by COVID-19

    12 May 2020

    To curb the spread of COVID-19, a combination of flight cancellations and travel advisories or bans, have almost entirely halted international travel. In some cases, these restrictions also include air cargo, even though it is instrumental in combating the pandemic by delivering much-needed medical supplies. The impact on employment has been immediate and significant, and without urgent sector-specific support the industry could take years to recover.

  10. COVID-19: Protecting workers

    Sectoral impact: COVID-19 has brought the automotive industry to a standstill

    12 May 2020

    While employment in the automotive industry had recovered from the 2008-09 global financial crisis, employers and workers across the global supply chains of the industry are once again faced with great uncertainty. Since the global pandemic began in China, the impact of #COVID-19 on the automotive industry was first felt in Asia, but has since become severe throughout the world.