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

December 2020

  1. © 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.

  2. 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”.

  3. COVID-19: Stimulating employment and incomes

    Jumpstart a healthier and greener recovery

    11 December 2020

    As governments respond to the #COVID-19 pandemic, the multiple links between public health and the environment have become evident. Sustaining environmental and health gains can therefore help prevent future pandemics and climate-related crises.

  4. © Jérémy Stenuit 2021

    COVID-19 and price inflation

    COVID-19 drives up food prices worldwide

    10 December 2020

    COVID-19 restrictions have altered consumer spending patterns. In particular, lockdown measures have affected the supply of and demand for certain products and, hence, their prices.

  5. © Cai Yang / Xinhua via AFP 2021

    Maritime Labour Convention

    ILO Governing Body calls for urgent action on seafarer COVID-19 crisis

    08 December 2020

    Its resolution addresses the plight of hundreds of thousands of seafarers who have been trapped at sea for as many as 17 months or longer because of pandemic restrictions.

  6. COVID-19 and the World of Work

    COVID-19 Pandemic: How to combat disinformation?

    08 December 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic creates an opportunity for some people to cause confusion, chaos and public harm through disinformation. How trade unions can contribute to the combat against this?

  7. News

    Saudi Arabia ratifies ILO conventions setting out safeguards with crucial importance for the response to COVID-19

    07 December 2020

    Saudi Arabia ratifies the Protection of Wages Convention, 1949 (No. 95) and the Hygiene (Commerce and Offices) Convention, 1964 (No. 120).

  8. © Diomari Madulara 2021

    Our impact, Their voices

    Coconuts, commitment and changing circumstances

    07 December 2020

    Coco chips are widely used by farmers and gardeners. The ILO’s LEED+ project works with the private sector and local communities in Sri Lanka to develop coco chips as a mutually beneficial business.

  9. International Volunteers Day

    Volunteering reached new heights in March and April 2020

    05 December 2020

    In normal times, a billion people volunteer their time and energy each year, providing unpaid help to others. Has the COVID-19 pandemic led to even more volunteering worldwide?

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    International Day of Persons with Disabilities

    Shine a purple spotlight on disability

    03 December 2020

    On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the ILO took part in a day-long series of online events across six continents that called for countries to make people with disabilities a priority in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  11. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Marlee Matlin: Disability inclusion means business success

    03 December 2020

    Actor and activist Marlee Matlin says the ILO plays a crucial role in protecting the rights of persons with disabilities in the world of work. Inclusion of persons with disabilities achieves the twin goals of advancing human rights and ensuring business success.

  12. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Global wages in times of COVID-19

    02 December 2020

    Global wage trends have suffered from massive downward pressure due to COVID-19, according to a new ILO report. Women and low-paid workers' wages have been particularly hard it by the crisis.

  13. Thinking Ahead on Society Change (TASC) Platform

    Stakeholders invited to debate Future of Work

    02 December 2020

    Collective thinking needed to tackle the challenges of the future of work says new International Geneva open forum platform.

  14. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Minimum wages are key for a human-centred recovery from COVID-19

    02 December 2020

    The new ILO Global Wage Report 2020-2021 examines the evolution of real wages around the world, giving a unique picture of wage trends globally and by region. It shows that adequate minimum wages are key for a human-centred recovery from COVID-19 and beyond.

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    Global Wage Report 2020-21

    COVID-19 drives wages down, new ILO report finds

    02 December 2020

    Even before the COVID pandemic hit, hundreds of millions of workers worldwide were being paid less than the minimum wage.