News

March 2020

  1. © Matt Ming 2020

    COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    COVID-19 cruelly highlights inequalities and threatens to deepen them

    30 March 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating already existing inequalities – from catching the virus, to staying alive, to coping with its dramatic economic consequences. Policy responses must ensure that support reaches the workers and enterprises who need it most.

  2. COVID-19: Pandemic in the World of Work

    COVID-19 has exposed the fragility of our economies

    27 March 2020

    The Corona virus pandemic is not just a medical crisis, but a social and economic one too, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. If our response is to be effective it must take into account all these factors, and be delivered in a co-ordinated, global way. In particular, it must answer the needs of the most vulnerable.

  3. The G20 and the COVID-19 pandemic

    ILO welcomes G20 commitment as a first global step in responding to the COVID-19 crisis

    26 March 2020

    Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization, calls on G20 countries to work together to protect people, jobs, incomes and enterprises from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  4. © Michael Coghlan 2020

    COVID-19: Protecting workers

    Keys for effective teleworking during the COVID-19 pandemic

    26 March 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that more people than ever before are teleworking – using information and communications technologies to do their work away from the office. ILO Working Time expert, Jon Messenger, explains how to get the best out of teleworking.

  5. © Chassenet / BSIP via AFP 2020

    Op-Ed

    COVID-19: Social protection systems failing vulnerable groups

    25 March 2020

    Governments must use the momentum created by the COVID-19 pandemic to make rapid progress toward collectively financed, comprehensive, and permanent social-protection systems.

  6. © Daniel Dickinson / UN News 2020

    ILO project Dignity at Work

    Reaching ‘beyond the possible’ in Hawaii to meet sustainability goals

    23 March 2020

    The people and government of the US state of Hawaii will reach “beyond the possible” to make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality; The SDGs are a set of targets agreed by countries around the world to reduce poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity for all, by 2030. Hawaii introduced its own initiative, Sustainable Hawaii, in 2016 in support of the SDGs.

  7. © dronepicr 2020

    COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Precarious workers pushed to the edge by COVID-19

    20 March 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all workers in some way. Those on precarious contracts or in non-standard employment are even harder hit, as many have no access to sick pay, unemployment insurance or other critical protections.

  8. © Johan Ordonez / AFP 2020

    COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Almost 25 million jobs could be lost worldwide as a result of COVID-19, says ILO

    18 March 2020

    An initial assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the global world of work says the effects will be far-reaching, pushing millions of people into unemployment, underemployment and working poverty, and proposes measures for a decisive, co-ordinated and immediate response.

  9. Blog

    “I am Generation Equality”: Ideals versus reality in Asia and the Pacific’s labour markets

    11 March 2020

    In 1995, an ambitious and progressive plan to improve empowerment of all women and girls globally was developed at the historic Fourth World Conference on Women. Since then, a new generation of women workers have become eligible to enter the workforce; but have they been able to find equal work and pay?

  10. New ILO Office

    ILO opens its first coordination office in Baghdad

    10 March 2020

    The office will allow the ILO to expand its work to promote employment opportunities and decent work principles, as part of post-conflict reconstruction.