Statements and speeches

June 2020

  1. Policy Brief

    SG Policy Brief: COVID-19 and People on the Move

    03 June 2020

    Migrant workers, with precarious livelihoods, in irregular situations, or those working in the informal economy and excluded from social protection measures, are harshly affected by the Covid-19 crisis. While providing for essential workforce during the pandemic, women migrant workers remain at the heightened risk of gender-based violence and continue carrying the majority of the burden of both paid and unpaid domestic and care work. The SG Policy Brief on COVID-19 and People on the Move highlights opportunities for countries to ‘recover better’ including through socioeconomic inclusion and decent work for people on the move, and the provision of avenues for regular migration.

April 2020

  1. Statement

    Obituary – Norbert Blüm

    30 April 2020

  2. © U.S. Pacific Fleet 2021

    COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Protect workers both now and after lockdowns ease, says ILO

    28 April 2020

    The International Labour Organization warns that without adequate safeguards for returning workers there could be a second wave of the virus.

  3. © Vyacheslav Oseledko / AFP 2021

    The G20 and the COVID-19 pandemic

    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.

  4. © Aaron Santos / ILO 2021

    Action in the Global Garment Industry

    COVID-19: Call to action in the garment industry

    22 April 2020

  5. Virtual Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    COVID-19: Immediate relief needed to protect workers and enterprises, says ILO Director-General

    17 April 2020

    Priority attention should be given to small enterprises, unprotected workers and those in the informal economy, says the Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Guy Ryder, in a statement to the Spring Meeting of the IMF/World Bank Development Committee.

  6. Virtual Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF

    We need a human-centred response to COVID-19 through global solidarity

    16 April 2020

    In a statement to the International Monetary and Financial Committee of the IMF and World Bank, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Guy Ryder, outlined the steps that need to be taken to lessen the impact of the crisis on labour markets and millions of workers.

March 2020

  1. Statement

    Statement of the Officers of the STC on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

    31 March 2020

    Special Tripartite Committee of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended

  2. Statement by the United Nations Network on Migration

    ILO joins the UN Network on Migration in calling attention to the plight of migrant workers during this global crisis – to ensure we do not leave migrants and other vulnerable groups behind

    23 March 2020

    The UN Network on Migration calls for protection and equality of treatment for all migrants, including migrant workers.

February 2020

  1. Debate on the Future of Work and the European Pillar of Social Rights

    The future of work and the EU’s Pillar of Social Rights

    19 February 2020

    The values of the ILO and those of the Pillar of Social Rights are closely aligned, directing us towards a future of work that is fair and inclusive, the ILO Director-General has said in a speech to the European Economic and Social Committee.