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

January 2021

  1. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Towards decent work for all homeworkers

    13 January 2021

    Working from home has long been an important feature of the world of work. However, the institutions that govern the labour market are rarely designed with the home as a workplace in mind. The dramatic increase in working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to address the issues facing homeworkers and their employers, and to pave the way to decent work for all who work from home.

  2. © Abdel Hameed Al Nasier 2021


    A refugee mother determined to provide despite COVID-19

    12 January 2021

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, workers' hours were reduced at the farm in Jordan where Syrian refugee Fatima Hussein Al Ahmad lives and works. Resourceful and determined, she found alternative ways to earn money to buy milk for her baby daughter. Read her story on our new Voices multimedia platform.

  3. Media advisory

    ILO to release report on homeworkers

    07 January 2021

  4. Press release

    Ship to Shore Rights South East Asia programme provides humanitarian relief to migrant workers in response to COVID-19 outbreak in Samut Sakhon

    04 January 2021

    ILO has approved a grant to support assistance for migrant workers affected by COVID-19 in Samut Sakhon, Thailand

December 2020

  1. News

    Cooperation initiative between Turkey and Colombia will foster capacities for access to decent work for all during and beyond COVID-19

    17 December 2020

    Decent work is the root of social cohesion and the catalyst for employment opportunities and social protection as well as an essential response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With this in mind, the ILO facilitated two webinars on labour market governance, inclusive employment policies and access to social protection within the framework of the “South-south triangular cooperation (SSTC) initiative between Turkey and Colombia”.

  2. © Santiago Sito 2021

    Labour Overview 2020

    COVID-19 leaves a trail of high unemployment, inactivity and precarious employment in Latin America and the Caribbean

    17 December 2020

    Some 30 million people are unemployed and 23 million will have left the workforce due to the lack of opportunities. In 2021, employment will be in intensive care and the indicators could worsen, says ILO annual Labour Overview for Latin America and the Caribbean.

  3. Video

    Syrian garment worker in Jordan continues to support her family during pandemic

    17 December 2020

    A year ago, Batoul, Syrian refugee in Jordan found work at a garment factory through an ILO-supported employment centre. The factory was forced to close temporarily during the pandemic. Even so, Batoul continued to receive a salary which she uses to provide for her young daughter, who has a spinal condition.

  4. Video

    Video: Impact of COVID-19 on youth in Lebanon

    17 December 2020

    In 2019, the ILO supported a group of Syrian refugee and Lebanese youth to establish income generating activities to promote entrepreneurship and self-reliance among vulnerable groups. COVID-19 has created economic challenges to these youth, many of whom are now trying to find ways to adapt to the new ways of work.

  5. © KB Mpofu / ILO 2021

    Jobs for peace and resilience

    COVID-19 is a threat to peacebuilding in conflict-affected nations

    17 December 2020

    Humanitarian and development agencies should use COVID-19 crisis programmes to promote resilience and peace and help societies build back better.

  6. In Business Soft Skills

    Overcoming the soft skills gap and COVID-19 challenges for women factory and office workers

    17 December 2020

    The ILO, in partnership with the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) and Nestlé piloted the first In Business Online Soft Skills Training to develop soft skills of women and to support their livelihoods during COVID-19.

  7. © ILO 2021

    APESO 2020

    81 million jobs lost as COVID-19 creates turmoil in Asia-Pacific labour markets

    15 December 2020

    Pandemic leads to huge reduction in working hours, reverses job growth and pushes millions into working poverty.

  8. SCORE Training

    Stay safe and resilient: ILO SCORE Programme expands its OSH and Business Continuity training under the COVID-19 pandemic

    15 December 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the world of work. Production disruptions have caused demand for many goods and services to plummet and forced enterprises around the world to suspend or scale down operations, with enormous impacts for workers.

  9. ILO Partnership

    ILO and the Government of Norway sign a new partnership agreement on skills development and lifelong learning for the Future of Work

    15 December 2020

  10. © UN Bosnia and Herzegovina 2021

    One UN

    Interview with Ingrid Macdonald, UN Resident Coordinator in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    11 December 2020

    ILO asked the newly appointed UN Resident Coordinator about the UN efforts in addressing the socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis and the role of ILO in the response to the pandemic in the country.

  11. Podcast series: Global challenges – Global solutions

    How the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting jobs and livelihoods in the world’s Least Developed Countries

    11 December 2020

    In this podcast, Aurelio Parisotto, Head of the ILO’s Employment and Economic Analyses Unit, provides insights from a new publication entitled “COVID-19 - Tackling the jobs crisis in the Least Developed Countries”.