News, articles and statements

April 2020

  1. COVID-19 pandemic

    ILO defers International Labour Conference until 2021 due to COVID-19

    06 April 2020

    In view of the severe restrictions on travel and personal interaction implemented worldwide and the need to ensure the well-being of delegates and staff, the 109th session of the International Labour Conference will take place next year.

  2. COVID-19: Stimulating the economy and labour demand

    Are there enough health workers?

    03 April 2020

    Countries’ capacities to recruit and retain health workers vary significantly across regions. This unequal distribution exacerbates inequities in access to health services.

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    COVID-19 response

    ILO sets up Task Team in North Macedonia to inform Government response to COVID-19 crisis

    03 April 2020

    The ILO established a Task Team of employment and labour law specialists to come up with answers and solutions to world of work problems triggered by the coronavirus pandemic in North Macedonia. The multidisciplinary team is led by ILO and includes national experts and representatives of the government, employers’ and workers’ organizations in the Economic and Social Council.

  4. Media advisory

    ILO to publish updated figures on employment impact of COVID-19

    03 April 2020

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    COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Five ways to protect health workers during the COVID-19 crisis

    01 April 2020

    Health workers and systems are playing a crucial role in the global fight against COVID-19 and special measures are needed to support and protect them.

March 2020

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    COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Treat seafarers with “dignity and respect” during COVID-19 crisis

    31 March 2020

    Seafarers, ship owners and governments are urging ILO member States to ensure the flow of essential goods, energy, food and medicines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    New guidelines to help employers support families during COVID-19

    30 March 2020

    New guidelines issued by ILO and UNICEF call on enterprises to do more to support working families during the pandemic.

  3. News

    E-Discussion: Continuing online learning and skills development in times of the COVID-19 crisis

    30 March 2020

    This discussion aims to share and discuss how to maintain continued learning and skills building for students and workers in times of crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic which we all now face.

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    COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    COVID-19 cruelly highlights inequalities and threatens to deepen them

    30 March 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating already existing inequalities – from catching the virus, to staying alive, to coping with its dramatic economic consequences. Policy responses must ensure that support reaches the workers and enterprises who need it most.

  5. COVID-19: Pandemic in the World of Work

    COVID-19 has exposed the fragility of our economies

    27 March 2020

    The Corona virus pandemic is not just a medical crisis, but a social and economic one too, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. If our response is to be effective it must take into account all these factors, and be delivered in a co-ordinated, global way. In particular, it must answer the needs of the most vulnerable.

  6. The G20 and the COVID-19 pandemic

    ILO welcomes G20 commitment as a first global step in responding to the COVID-19 crisis

    26 March 2020

    Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization, calls on G20 countries to work together to protect people, jobs, incomes and enterprises from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    COVID-19: Protecting workers

    Keys for effective teleworking during the COVID-19 pandemic

    26 March 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that more people than ever before are teleworking – using information and communications technologies to do their work away from the office. ILO Working Time expert, Jon Messenger, explains how to get the best out of teleworking.

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    COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    COVID-19: Social protection systems failing vulnerable groups

    25 March 2020

    Governments must use the momentum created by the COVID-19 pandemic to make rapid progress toward collectively financed, comprehensive, and permanent social-protection systems.

  9. Health insurance

    Viet Nam’s female factory workers empowered with knowledge on health protection entitlements

    23 March 2020

    A series of awareness raising activities have been put in place as an ILO study points out knowledge gaps related to health insurance, sickness and maternity benefits amongst female factory workers.

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    COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Precarious workers pushed to the edge by COVID-19

    20 March 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all workers in some way. Those on precarious contracts or in non-standard employment are even harder hit, as many have no access to sick pay, unemployment insurance or other critical protections.

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    COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Almost 25 million jobs could be lost worldwide as a result of COVID-19, says ILO

    18 March 2020

    An initial assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the global world of work says the effects will be far-reaching, pushing millions of people into unemployment, underemployment and working poverty, and proposes measures for a decisive, co-ordinated and immediate response.

  12. XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

    The deadline for the International Media Festival for Prevention is extended

    04 March 2020

    The IMFP is an integral part of the World Congress and highlights that successful prevention work can be advanced through outstanding creative multimedia initiatives. It provides a fascinating glimpse into the various ways different cultures approach occupational safety and health.

February 2020

  1. News

    Crisis-response tool to protect health workers during the outbreak of COVID-19

    24 February 2020

    The Chinese version of "Occupational safety and health in public health emergencies: A manual for protecting health workers and responders" is now available at the critical time of the COVID-19 epidemics.

January 2020

  1. ILO100 in Viet Nam

    “100 days without accidents” builds up momentum for work safety

    17 January 2020

    A campaign promotes the links between work safety and productivity in the woodwork and supporting industries in Viet Nam.

  2. Decent Work in Fishing

    8th ASEAN Labour Inspection Conference

    15 January 2020

    The Eighth ASEAN Labour Inspection Conference on the theme “Securing Decent Work in the Fisheries Sector through Labour Inspection in ASEAN” was held from 18-19 December 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.