News, articles and statements

September 2020

  1. G20 Saudi Arabia 2020

    Time to talk about building back a better world of work, Director-General tells L20 trade union leaders

    08 September 2020

    The ILO’s Director-General has told L20 trade union leaders that international solidarity and common purpose are essential to building back better from the COVID-19 crisis.

  2. Multi-donor programme

    ILO/Germany programme to protect garment workers affected by COVID-19

    08 September 2020

    The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is giving €14.5 million to an International Labour Organization (ILO) multi-donor programme to help garment sector workers in seven countries who have been affected by COVID-19.

  3. COVID-19: Promoting skills development

    Indonesia moves towards online training deliveries

    07 September 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown measures have led to the worldwide closure of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions, including in Indonesia, threatening the continuity of skills development.

  4. XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

    International Media Festival for Prevention Toronto 2021 shortlist announcement

    04 September 2020

    As an essential part of the World Congress, the International Media Festival for Prevention will announce its shortlist at the Digital Meeting on COVID-19 and OSH on 6 October 2020.

  5. © ILO 2021

    COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    ILO welcomes Singapore port’s new measures to help seafarers and ease crew rotations

    01 September 2020

    Singapore has brought in new measures to facilitate the safe rotation of crews at its port, while protecting ships and the local community.

  6. Our impact, their voices

    Clean water for life and livelihoods amid pandemic

    01 September 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for clean water to prevent infection, while making it more difficult for some remote and vulnerable communities to access supplies. In the Philippines, an ILO-Japan project is developing better water supply systems, providing local jobs and promoting safe and healthy working conditions.

August 2020

  1. COVID-19 stories

    First person: COVID-19 stories from the world of work

    30 August 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world in ways we could hardly have imagined. Everyone has been affected and everyone has a story to share. See some of their stories here.

  2. © World Bank 2021

    Blog

    Looking back to look forward: What does the next normal look like?

    27 August 2020

    Crises, such as that caused by COVID-19, bring change. What can previous crises tell us about how those changes are likely to manifest themselves?

  3. COVID-19: Promoting skills development

    Instructors of Indonesian TVETs to shift from offline to online courses

    26 August 2020

    The digital transformation of technical and vocational education training (TVET) centres in Indonesia is unavoidable. The ILO and the Ministry of Manpower team up to build the digital skills of the TVETs’ instructors on the creation and delivery of online trainings.

  4. © Michael Coghlan 2021

    Public employment services

    Digital channels improve access to employment support

    26 August 2020

    A new ILO policy brief shows how public employment services are using technology to increase the help available to people whose jobs have been affected by COVID-19.

  5. © ILO STAT 2021

    COVID-19 and higher education

    Education pays off, but you have to be patient

    24 August 2020

    The pandemic is making us rethink and re-organize education. Workers with higher educational attainment may expect to be able to find a job (and a quality job, for that matter) as soon as they become available. But is that so?

  6. © UN Women/Ploy Phutpheng 2021

    Blog

    Put gender equality at the heart of the post-COVID-19 economic recovery

    20 August 2020

    The pandemic is disproportionately affecting women workers. Governments should prioritize policies that offset the effects the COVID-19 crisis is having on their jobs.

  7. Article

    Labour market policies and employment services are critical ingredients of the COVID-19 policy responses

    18 August 2020

    This article presents highlights of the new policy brief on “COVID-19: Public employment services and labour market policy responses”.

  8. News

    Building on PAGE work for a Green Recovery in Jiangsu

    17 August 2020

    In December 2019, a Green Development week took place in Suzhou to provide a platform for cross-sectoral dialogue, learning and information exchange in order to boost green development in Jiangsu. Moving forward to a post-COVID-19 context, it is apparent that the central themes explored in the green development week are also those crucial to green recovery in Jiangsu.

  9. Article

    On Mexico’s coffee farms, COVID-19 highlights need for fair recruitment

    17 August 2020

    Farmers and workers on the Mexico-Guatemala border have long relied on informal cross-border migrant labour, although these practices open the way to exploitation and abuse, and in the era of COVID-19, increase health and safety risks. Now, an ILO project is working with local organizations to promote fairer and safer recruitment practices.

  10. XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

    Save the Date: Special Virtual Session – COVID-19 and OSH on October 5 & 6, 2020

    17 August 2020

    Due to the worldwide impact of COVID-19 and the postponement of the Congress to September 2021, the International Organizing Committee has decided to host a Special Session on October 5, 2020 focused on COVID-19 and OSH.

  11. Blog

    On Mexico’s farms, COVID-19 highlights need for fair recruitment

    17 August 2020

    Farmers and workers on the Mexico-Guatemala border have long relied on informal cross-border migrant labour, although these practices open the way to exploitation and abuse, and in the era of COVID-19, increase health and safety risks. Now, an ILO project is working with local organizations to promote fairer and safer recruitment practices.

  12. Employment Intensive Infrastructure

    ILO creates decent jobs to support Beirut explosion clearing operations

    14 August 2020

    The International Labour Organization has mobilized its Employment Intensive Infrastructure Programme in Lebanon to clear rubble in the aftermath of the Beirut explosion.

  13. © PEO ACWA 2021

    Article

    Q&A on: Robotics and reshoring - Employment implications for developing countries

    13 August 2020

    This new publication explores the implications of increasing automation through case studies across four different sectors in developing countries. The volume examines how robotics and reshoring can affect both the quantity and quality of jobs, focusing on workers at the shop-floor level. This Question and Answer gives a brief overview of the motivations for producing the volume and its findings.

  14. Our impact, their voices

    Social dialogue, a key to business survival and resilience in Viet Nam

    13 August 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe impact on Viet Nam’s garment, footwear and handbag industry, with almost one-in-four workers losing their jobs. The ILO in Viet Nam has been supporting its partners to foster social dialogue in businesses, to ensure the protection of the most vulnerable workers.