Thematic analysis and practical advice

  1. Peak-level social dialogue as a governance tool during the COVID-19 pandemic: Global and regional trends and policy issues

    23 October 2020

    This Research Brief is an attempt to analyse the use of “peak-level social dialogue” during the “initial phase” – which we take to be 15 March to 10 June 2020 – of the COVID-19 pandemic. Peak-level social dialogue refers to the two “forms” of bipartite or tripartite social dialogue that involves governments and nationwide organizations of employers and workers. The Brief shows how much social dialogue has been used globally in this phase. It also presents observations on policy issues and possible avenues for constituents. It is based on research during the initial phase of the pandemic, in countries and territories for which information has been made available through the ILO repository of country responses to the pandemic and various publicly accessible databases and sources.

  2. How social dialogue is making a difference during the COVID-19 pandemic

    23 October 2020

    A new ILO study shows that most of the ILO member States made extensive use of "peak-level" social dialogue to shape emergency measures for mitigating the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  3. The supply chain ripple effect: How COVID-19 is affecting garment workers and factories in Asia and the Pacific

    21 October 2020

    This research brief assesses the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on workers and factories in garment supply chains in Asia and the Pacific, presenting evidence from the main garment-exporting countries of the region, summarizing policy responses and proposing ways forward.

  4. Financing gaps in social protection. Global estimates and strategies for developing countries in light of the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

    21 October 2020

    This paper provides updated regional and global estimates of the costs and financing gaps for targets 1.3 and 3.8 of the SDGs relating to social protection and health care in 2020 and projections of incremental financial needs for reaching universal coverage in 2030.

  5. Connect the world with data we can trust

    20 October 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis underlines the importance of having data we can trust, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a statement to mark World Statistics Day.

  6. ILO releases checklist to protect the health and safety of miners during COVID-19

    14 October 2020

    The mining industry plays a critical role in global supply chains and economic development. To support the sector during the #COVID-19 pandemic, the ILO has released a checklist of sector-specific guidance to keep miners and mines safe.

  7. COVID-19 exposes food retailers as frontline workers​

    14 October 2020

    Food retail and grocery store workers are often low-skilled, receiving low wages and inadequate social security benefits. They have been essential to the survival of our communities and economies during the COVID-19 pandemic and are at higher risk of being exposed to the virus.

  8. NATURE HIRES: How Nature-based Solutions can power a green jobs recovery

    12 October 2020

    Combining expertise on nature and employment, this joint World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - ILO publication maps out the societal challenges where nature-based solutions can be effective, how they support job creation and how they have been used, providing evidence and examples as to how they integrally support the achievement of the SDGs and a sustainable response to the COVID-19 crisis.

  9. Protect mental health in the workplace during COVID-19

    09 October 2020

    Work arrangements and conditions have changed considerably due to the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing new psychosocial challenges for the health and well-being of workers. An ILO guide contains the key elements needed to protect the health and well-being of workers.

  10. Decent work for teachers is essential to build back better after COVID-19

    05 October 2020

    On World Teachers’ Day 2020, the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, praises the vital leadership role that teachers have shown during the COVID-19 pandemic and stresses the need to support teachers with decent work to ensure a better post-COVID-19 world.

  11. International Equal Pay Day 2020 Webinar Highlights

    01 October 2020

    On the occasion of the first International Equal Pay Day on September 18, 2020, and in the midst of the fallout from the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) hosted a virtual global Call to Action encouraging all labour market actors to take the necessary steps to ensure that equal pay is at the heart of recovery efforts worldwide.

  12. National employment policies for an inclusive, job-rich recovery from the COVID-19 crisis

    30 September 2020

    This policy brief highlights the role of gender-responsive national employment policies in responding to the short- and longer-term impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

  13. Conducting Covid-19 impact assessment Surveys: Guidelines and template

    30 September 2020

    Guidelines and survey template developed to assess impact of Covid-19 on enterprises and their need for assistance. The template can help enterprises and public institutions like SME agencies, business support organizations and NGOs to develop their own questionnaires.

  14. Rebuild tourism safely to save 300 million jobs worldwide

    25 September 2020

    Tourism has been among the hardest hit of all sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The industry employs some 300 million workers globally, with women, youth, and workers in the informal economy most at risk from job losses and business closures. World Tourism Day is an opportunity to rethink the future of the tourism sector, including how to save the jobs so many are dependent on.

  15. Decent work helps bring peace and social cohesion during crisis

    24 September 2020

    Countries that are already experiencing fragility, conflict, climate change and forced displacement will continue to face multiple burdens as results of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ILO calls for more peaceful and resilient societies through the promotion of employment and decent work.

  16. End the plight of stranded seafarers

    24 September 2020

    COVID-19 containment measures, travel restrictions and border closures, continue to make it increasingly difficult for ship operators worldwide to conduct required crew changes. The ILO, shipowners’ and seafarers’ organizations and UN bodies call to end the plight of seafarers and to fully respect seafarers’ rights.

  17. Financing gaps in social protection

    17 September 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis has revealed the catastrophic impact of the lack of social protection coverage for 4 billion people around the world. Social security is a human right and the acute need for social protection is more evident than ever. However, 55% of the global population is completely unprotected. This is linked to insufficient progress in closing social protection financing gaps. Closing these gaps is both necessary and achievable. With concerted political will, we can make social protection for all a reality.

  18. Safe health workers, safe patients

    17 September 2020

    Millions of health workers risk their own health doing their daily work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their safety affects the safety of the patients in their care. Respect for labour rights and decent conditions of work are crucial to give these frontline workers the protection they need to save lives and keep their patients safe.

  19. Financing gaps in social protection: Global estimates and strategies for developing countries in light of the COVID-19 crisis and beyond

    17 September 2020

    Closing the social protection coverage gap, worsened by COVID-19, will require additional sources of financing.

  20. Building back better for women: Women's dire position in the informal economy

    15 September 2020