ILO Budapest Newsletter 2022 December

This issue reports on the ILO response to the crisis caused by the war against Ukraine. The ILO published its service offer for the recovery and reconstruction of Ukraine through decent work promotion. The newsletter also introduces new beneficiary stories, programme results and a new project, a fresh publication and new staff.

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This issue of the newsletter informs the reader about the updated ILO estimates concerning employment losses in Ukraine caused by the war. The ILO published its service offer for contributing to the Ukraine Recovery and Reconstruction through decent work promotion. The latest series of beneficiary stories have been published. 


ILO monitor on the world of work. Tenth edition. 
The new ILO estimates on the impact of the war against Ukraine on the labour market of the country expect a 15% reduction of employment (2.4 million jobs) as compared to 2021.

Support for Ukraine recovery−Introducing the ILO service offer 2022
Based on the presence of the ILO in Ukraine since 1993, the paper specifies the technical service offer of the ILO for an early recovery of Ukraine focusing on mitigating the impact of the war on employment, social protection, rights at work, and social dialogue.

ILO Ukraine response November 2022
The two-pager provides information on the impact of the war in Ukraine on employment, incomes and the social protection system, and what the ILO has done so far to support the country.

Moldova trade unions help Ukrainian refugees to help themselves
Read the story of the Biguns, a Ukrainian family with five children hosted by Moldovan trade unions which are supported by the ILO. 

ILO and ELA join forces to reduce the risks of labour exploitation and human trafficking for Ukrainians fleeing from the war
In September 2022, a joint ILO-ELA workshop discussed best practices and key recommendations to better protect Ukrainian refugees by improving prevention, protection, prosecution, and international cooperation.


Local will never go out of style: ILO supports the textile industry in Bosnia and Herzegovina to offset the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
The European Union-funded ILO project EU4Business Recovery provides financial and technical assistance to 29 textile companies in Bosnia and Herzegovina supporting women entrepreneurs, young people and other vulnerable workers. With this support, the textile companies managed to grow and create jobs even during the pandemic.

Turning Moldova “white” – The Moldovan government takes bold steps to encourage the formalization of employment
With ILO assistance, the Government of Moldova is developing innovative and ambitious policies for combating undeclared work, including a voucher system for occasional workers in agriculture, subsidy of social security contributions and by strengthening the labour inspectorate. 

New mobile application protects workers’ rights in Moldova

The ILO supported the National Trade Union Confederation of Moldova to launch a mobile application at the end of September, 2022 enabling trade union members to report workers’ rights violations to the unions and the State Labour Inspectorate. Within two weeks, about 400 users downloaded the application.


Childcare in Moldova: A systemic approach to improve provision
The new SIDA-funded ILO project aims to improve the public and private provision of childcare by pilot-testing innovative and affordable alternative childcare services that can be replicable and scalable in the country.


VIDEO: Zsolt Dudás, ILO Project Manager "Towards safe, healthy and declared work in Ukraine" speaks about the work he has been doing in Ukraine since the outbreak of the war to prevent labour exploitation and human trafficking of internally displaced and refugee Ukrainians, and to support the State Labour Inspection.


How did minimum wage impact North Macedonia’s labour market?
ILO interviewed Maja Gerovska Mitev, Professor of Social Policy at the Faculty of Philosophy, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, North Macedonia. She explains why the government decided to introduce minimum wage, what the impact was and also talks about the concerns social partners expressed related to its introduction.


What does the European Labour Authority do to improve labour inspection and labour mobility?

In September, 2022, the ILO and the ELA collaborated on recommendations on how to reduce the risks of trafficking in persons, labour exploitation and undeclared work, with a focus on Ukrainian refugees in Moldova and the European Member states. We interviewed Pedro Assares, Head of Unit “Enforcement and Analysis” at the European Labour Authority, based in Bratislava, Slovakia, to learn more about ELA and common issues with the ILO.


Building a pathway for economic reconstruction. A rapid market assessment of construction, childcare and e-commerce in Ukraine