News and press releases

May 2020

  1. © Wayne Grazio 2022

    ILO: More than one in six young people out of work due to COVID-19

    27 May 2020

    The ILO’s latest analysis of the labour market impact of COVID-19 exposes the devastating and disproportionate effect on young workers, and analyses measures being taken to create a safe return to work environment.

  2. © A. Lallican H. Lucas/AFP 2022

    ILO issues guidance for safe, healthy, return to work during COVID-19

    22 May 2020

    Return to work policies should be informed by a human-centred approach that puts rights and international labour standards at the heart of economic, social and environmental strategies and ensures that policy guidance is embedded in national occupational safety and health systems.

  3. © Ploy Phutpheng / UN Women 2022

    Plug social protection gaps in developing countries to prevent future crises, ILO says

    14 May 2020

    Strengthened and comprehensive social protection systems will lessen the impact of crises such as COVID-19.

  4. © ILO 2022

    Contagion or starvation, the dilemma facing informal workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

    07 May 2020

    Lockdown measures will worsen poverty and vulnerabilities among the world’s two billion informal economy workers, says the International Labour Organization.

April 2020

  1. © Kandukuru Nagarjun 2022

    ILO: As job losses escalate, nearly half of global workforce at risk of losing livelihoods

    29 April 2020

    The latest ILO data on the labour market impact of the COVID-19 pandemic reveals the devastating effect on workers in the informal economy and on hundreds of millions of enterprises worldwide.

  2. © U.S. Pacific Fleet 2022

    Protect workers both now and after lockdowns ease, says ILO

    28 April 2020

    The International Labour Organization warns that without adequate safeguards for returning workers there could be a second wave of the virus.

  3. © Vyacheslav Oseledko / AFP 2022

    Global action to beat COVID-19 crisis vital to prevent employment disaster, ILO tells G20 ministers

    23 April 2020

    More needs to be done to protect workers and support businesses, particularly in low and middle income countries, the ILO Director-General has told labour ministers.

  4. © ILO 2022

    In times of crisis, solidarity between workers and employers is paramount, says the ILO

    09 April 2020

    Past crises show that workers and employers need to work together to address the impact of COVID-19, says a new joint report from the International Labour Organization’s workers’ and employers’ groups.

  5. © Luis ACOSTA / AFP 2022

    ILO: COVID-19 causes devastating losses in working hours and employment

    07 April 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic is having a catastrophic effect on working hours and earnings, globally. A new ILO report highlights some of the worst affected sectors and regions, and outlines policies to mitigate the crisis.

March 2020

  1. © ILO 2022

    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.

  2. © Army Medicine 2022

    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. 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.

  4. © Johan Ordonez / AFP 2022

    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.

  5. ILO, DepEd, American Spaces hold Girl Power in Science Forum

    04 March 2020

    In celebration of International Women's Day and National Women's Month in the Philippines, the ILO has partnered with the the Department of Education, the Embassy of the United States of America and American Spaces to inspire young girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

February 2020

  1. Philippines: Labour Inspectors introduced to international Corporate Social Responsability

    28 February 2020

    The ILO programme 'Responsible Supply Chains in Asia' programme trains new recruits to the Philippines’ labour inspectorate.

  2. © John Isaac / UN Photo 2022

    Urgent action needed to tackle poverty and inequalities facing indigenous peoples

    03 February 2020

    Thirty years after the adoption of the only international Convention on the rights of indigenous peoples, a new ILO report finds they are still more likely to be poor and face particular hardships in the world of work.

January 2020

  1. ILO holds first STEM for Workforce Readiness Technical Working Group Meeting

    30 January 2020

    With the goal of developing an overall strategy on Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) for Workforce Readiness and Development, the ILO hosted the first Technical Working Group Meeting with the support of the JP Morgan Chase Foundation.

  2. © Chor Sokunthea / World Bank 2022

    Insufficient paid work affects almost half a billion people, new ILO report shows

    20 January 2020

    A lack of decent work combined with rising unemployment and persisting inequality is making it increasingly difficult for people to build better lives through their work, according to the latest edition of the ILO’s global report on employment and social trends.

December 2019

  1. Public attitudes towards migrant workers remain unfavourable in ASEAN destination countries

    18 December 2019

    Despite their positive contribution, public attitudes towards migrant workers remain unfavourable in ASEAN destination countries, new ILO and UN Women study reveals.

  2. The Decent Jobs for Youth Knowledge Facility: Learning, sharing, and engaging

    11 December 2019

    Partners of the UN Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth launch knowledge facility, including the ILO toolbox and data finder on youth employment.