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The latest news on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the world of work and the responses of governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations.

October 2020

  1. Media advisory

    ILO to release new report on the effects of COVID-19 on Asia-Pacific garment supply chains

    19 October 2020

  2. Annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank

    ILO: The world economy needs a new engine of economic recovery

    16 October 2020

    In written statements to the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder warned against higher levels of poverty and inequality resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. Highlighting the urgent need for social protection for all, he called for profound structural changes to build back better and faster.

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    Press release

    Critical gaps in social protection hampering Asia-Pacific region’s resilience to COVID-19

    15 October 2020

    Despite their rapid socioeconomic ascent, most countries in the Asia-Pacific region have weak social protection systems riddled with gaps, says a new report.

  4. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    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.

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    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.

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    Vulnerable workers hardest hit by COVID-19 fallout in fragile Arab states

    13 October 2020

    Assessments show spike in job and income losses and limited financial capacities to deal with the crisis, making it even harder for vulnerable workers to earn a living.

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    Blog

    A better future of work means building it green

    12 October 2020

    Nature can provide some of the best opportunities for creating jobs and stimulating economies, while protecting the planet.

  8. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    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.

  9. World Teachers’ Day

    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.

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    Labour Overview in Latin America and the Caribbean

    ILO: 34 million jobs lost by the COVID-19 crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean

    01 October 2020

    The pandemic has led to a drastic contraction in employment and income in the region, but signs of an early recovery suggest the situation could begin to improve in the coming weeks.

  11. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    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.

September 2020

  1. Blog

    Latin America and Caribbean show way to green COVID-19 recovery

    29 September 2020

    Greening the world of work post-COVID-19 could create millions of jobs in the most bio-diverse region on the planet. However, the right policies need to be put in place to ensure they are decent jobs.

  2. World Tourism Day

    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.

  3. COVID-19: Supporting employment and incomes

    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.

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    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.

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    COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    COVID-19 leads to massive labour income losses worldwide

    23 September 2020

    A new ILO analysis of the labour market impact of COVID-19 reveals a “massive” drop in labour income and a fiscal stimulus gap that threatens to increase inequality between richer and poorer countries.

  6. Equal pay

    Prioritize pay equity in COVID-19 recovery

    18 September 2020

    The Equal Pay International Coalition says governments need to take action to close the pay gap between women and men.

  7. Gender equality and COVID-19

    Gender diversity is good for business says new ILO survey in the Philippines

    18 September 2020

    A country survey jointly conducted in the Philippines by the ILO and Australian initiative “Investing in Women” recognizes the benefits of gender diversity on business and provides recommendations to better integrate and leverage the female talent pipeline.

  8. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    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.

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    Social protection

    ILO: Developing countries should invest US$1.2 trillion to guarantee basic social protection

    17 September 2020

    Closing the coverage gap, worsened by COVID-19, will require additional sources of financing says a new ILO study.