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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.

February 2021

  1. Article

    How the ILO can support vital public employment programmes during the COVID-19 crisis

    10 February 2021

    Public employment programmes have played an increasingly important role in government responses to the COVID-19 crisis. In this article, Maikel Lieuw-Kie-Song, ILO Specialist on the Employment Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP) sheds light on new, innovative approaches being used to assist countries like Uzbekistan in supporting their PWPs during the pandemic, resulting in temporary work for almost 500,000 women and men in 2020 – nearly twice as many jobs as those created before the pandemic.

  2. © Pathumporn Thongking/UN Women 2021

    Health at work

    ILO joins partnership to promote global health

    09 February 2021

    The ILO has joined 12 other multilateral organizations in a partnership to promote health at work and elsewhere, and help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

  3. News

    EU and ILO reinforce cooperation for just recovery from crisis and promote decent work

    04 February 2021

    The International Labour Organization and the European Union have reinforced their cooperation to shape the future of work and promote decent work. This will help the EU and the ILO in their responses to the devastating impact of the coronavirus crisis on the world of work.

  4. ILO Infostory

    Peace and resilience through decent work

    04 February 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has added to the vulnerability of states that were already suffering from disaster and conflict. Even before this global health crisis, many were experiencing high rates of unemployment and poverty, leading to increased risk of social unrest.

  5. Press release

    The ILO and JPMorgan Chase Foundation join forces to support women entrepreneurs impacted by COVID-19

    02 February 2021

    The ILO and JPMorgan Chase Foundation have signed a new agreement for the ILO to implement the ‘Rebuilding Better: Fostering Business Resilience Post-COVID-19’ project. Targeting women entrepreneurs in Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand, the project will provide support for businesses to recover from the pandemic and adopt more sustainable and resilient business models.

  6. Our impact, Their voices

    Entrepreneurship in the time of COVID-19

    01 February 2021

    COVID-19 has closed the door on many face-to-face entrepreneurship opportunities. In India, an ILO business programme has gone online to help small-scale entrepreneurs get businesses up and running.

  7. Press release

    Social Dialogue remains vital to build sustainable recovery from COVID-19

    01 February 2021

    A new report by the Bureau for Workers' Activities of the ILO highlights the need for global-scale responses based on effective social dialogue to recover from the COVID-19 crisis.

  8. Skills development

    Vocational training hampered by COVID-19 pandemic

    01 February 2021

    A new report based on an inter-agency survey on technical and vocational education and training (TVET) highlights the challenges thrown up by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as innovations in teaching and learning.

January 2021

  1. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Construction: Building blocks to recovery after crisis

    28 January 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the construction sector, which is sensitive to economic cycles. Yet, construction holds much potential to stimulate recovery, thanks to its potential to create jobs. Recovery measures can support the sector’s transformation towards sustainability and digitalization.

  2. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    ILO and FAO join forces to keep logging safe

    26 January 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on logging operations around the world, with direct and serious implications for workers and enterprises. As economic activities restart, companies and workers must find ways to adapt to new realities. The ILO and FAO have joined forces and released a practical and participatory checklist to help companies, workers and customers stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19, while mitigating the social economic impact of COVID-19.

  3. © Fahad Abdullah Kaizer/UN Women 2021

    COVID-19: ILO Monitor – 7th edition

    ILO: Uncertain and uneven recovery expected following unprecedented labour market crisis

    25 January 2021

    The latest analysis of the labour market impact of COVID-19 by the ILO, records massive damage to working time and income, with prospects for a recovery in 2021 slow, uneven and uncertain unless early improvements are supported by human-centred recovery policies.

  4. Press release

    ILO and LinkedIn launch data insights partnership

    21 January 2021

    The International Labour Organization (ILO), the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) and LinkedIn have launched a two-year partnership.

  5. Media advisory

    ILO to release new report on the effects of COVID-19 on labour markets

    20 January 2021

  6. Ship to Shore Rights

    Decent work for fishing and seafood migrant workers in Asia Pacific

    20 January 2021

    European Union and United Nations continue efforts to support safe labour migration and decent work in the fishing and seafood processing sectors in South East Asia

  7. Video

    ILO: Pandemic-driven shift to home work carries risk

    16 January 2021

    With the shift to homeworking looking to endure a long-term, the International Labour Organization (ILO) says issues facing homeworkers and their employers, need greater attention. For more on this, ILO Senior Economist Janine Berg talks about the new ILO report on Dateline Philippines of the ABS-CBN News Channel.