Policy responses to the crisis
Immediate as well as longer-term policy responses must be developed and implemented to stimulate the economy, creating a job-rich recovery for all, including for those most vulnerable to the effects of the crisis. General Survey, Paragraphs 84, 94 and 114.
Convention No. 122 provides valuable guidance for the development, adoption, monitoring and implementation of inclusive national employment policies that can stimulate economic growth and development, promoting full, productive and freely chosen employment and decent work. To ensure greater ownership and effectiveness, policy responses should be developed through participatory social dialogue with the social partners and consultations with representatives of those groups who will be affected by the measures to be taken.
Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) have been particularly devastated
As highlighted in the General Survey:
- MSMEs offer the potential for traditionally disadvantaged groups to gain access to productive, quality and sustainable employment opportunities.
- Sustainable enterprises are instrumental in improving standards of living and social conditions over time. They are a principal source of growth, innovation and wealth creation.
- In the context of an ever-growing and increasingly integrated labour market, governments should adopt coordinated measures to promote decent work within supply chains at both national and global level.