Mikhail Mishustin and Mikhail Shmakov Speak on Leaders’ Day at ILO Global Summit

Today on July 8 the Global Leaders’ Day was held online as part of the ILO Global Summit to address the impact of COVID-19 on the world of work. In the course of the event mediated by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, the Heads of State and Government shared their views on the challenges and opportunities of the pandemic in the world of work.

News | 08 July 2020
“We are facing the challenges of a new coronavirus infection pandemic affecting various aspects of social life. It has resulted in a major negative impact on the world of work. […] I am confident that these challenges will require a joint and conclusive response. This will allow to get people back on the job, guarantee social protection and identify the labour market development vector,” Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said.

Mikhail Mishustin discussed practical steps his government adopted to provide targeted social support to those who lost their jobs as a result of the coronavirus spread and to reduce the costs of businesses to pay wages and maintain jobs.

“Russia makes a special point on following with the concept of the better future of work based on the  ILO Centenary Declaration adopted last year. Its targets shape an effective strategy to overcome the aftermath of the pandemic by improving the working conditions, introducing innovative technologies to normalize employment relations, and creating jobs,” he said.

According to Mikhail Shmakov, Chairman of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia (FNPR), the coronavirus did not simply hit the national economy and well-being of billions of people but also threw into sharp relief the social and economic problems which heaped up over decades. Many of them turned out to be so hard because they had been left without solution for too long before the pandemic.

In this period of hardship, occupational safety and health becomes a priority to focus on. “Work-related COVID infection should be on the list of occupational diseases according to ILO Recommendation No. 194 which provides for information, medical assistance and compensation to workers,” Mikhail Shmakov said.

The current situation should be regarded as a chance to build a better, just and efficient world rather than to return to the pre-crisis past. “Healing the world from the pandemic also means healing it from social injustice and a lack of freedom,” Mikhail Shmakov said.