“Without protection for the most vulnerable workers, the pandemic is deepening the consequences of social and economic inequality,” underscored Chatib Basri, a senior economist and former Finance Minister, during the ILO’s webinar held on 11 November under the title: “Future Trend of the World of Work and OSH after the Pandemic”.
With fast-changing technologies, providing employees with reskilling and upskilling pathways towards new employment, especially for the vulnerable ones, should be set immediately."
“With fast-changing technologies, providing employees with reskilling and upskilling pathways towards new employment, especially for the vulnerable ones, should be set immediately,” he stated.
During the discussion, he stated that the COVID-19 has taught us about the need to address under-investment in the public health system, both in response to the virus and to improve the quality of healthcare after the pandemic. “Thus, a human-centred approach should be applied to the design of fiscal policy to advance a fully inclusive socioeconomic recovery,” he explained.
He also emphasized the need to provide greater access to social protection services, education, and health systems as well as digital literacy and infrastructure for all, particularly vulnerable groups. “This is the key for thriving in the post-pandemic future,” he added.
Social protection, he reminded, has to cover at least 70 percent of the total population in Indonesia and should concentrate on the vulnerable groups to progressively close protection gaps. Unlocking opportunities for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with proper knowledge and skills to digitalization and financial literacy would also help Indonesia’s economy to return to growth.
No economic recovery can be completed if health issue is still left behind."
In the end, he concluded that health and safety have to be the priority in the pandemic recovery. “No economic recovery can be completed if health issue is still left behind,” said Chatib. The pandemic has also shown the crucial role of occupational safety and health (OSH) in protecting workers' health to be functioning in society and in ensuring the continuity of critical economic and social activities.
The webinar was conducted by the ILO through its Enhancing COVID-19 Prevention at and through Workplaces project, funded by the Government of Japan. The project aims to enhance COVID-19 prevention measures at and through workplaces amidst the pandemic that will facilitate businesses’ re-opening, continuity, and expansion.