Videos

  1. The COVID-19 response: Getting gender equality right for a better future for women at work

    22 May 2020

    Despite COVID-19, many women in the informal economy have continued to work, putting their health in peril, while many other women are employed in sectors at high risk of job losses or reduction in working hours. Getting gender equality right in the COVID-19 response is key to ensure the return to a better normal.

  2. Social dialogue key to combating COVID-19

    21 May 2020

    What can governments, employers and workers do to help fight Covid-19? They can work together. The ILO calls this cooperation between representatives of governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations social dialogue.

  3. Adequate sickness benefits to all

    14 May 2020

    The COVID-19 health crisis revealed important gaps in terms of entitlements to protection in case of sickness. Sickness benefits are an important part of social health protection to ensure access to health care and income security.

  4. Sectoral impact: COVID-19 and the education sector

    12 May 2020

    Teachers and schools have been creative in adopting a variety of technology-based strategies as alternatives to the traditional classroom. the reality remains that some schools and regions are better positioned than others to take advantage of resources, technological infrastructure and the education technology market to respond to the crisis in more effective and comprehensive ways.

  5. Sectoral impact: COVID-19 and public emergency services

    12 May 2020

    Public emergency services (PES) play a large role in protecting the population against coronavirus and allowing the economy to resume activities as soon as possible, but for that they need to be adequately protected against inherent risks and participate in the elaboration of prevention measures and work design.

  6. Sectoral impact: COVID-19 exposes food retailers as frontline workers?

    12 May 2020

    Food retail and grocery store workers, have become essential to the economy’s survival and to guaranteeing food security and safety for the population. These workers, working in a labour-intensive sector now considered essential, are in many cases low-skilled workers receiving low wages and inadequate social security benefits.

  7. Sectoral impact: COVID-19 is unravelling the textiles, clothing, leather and footwear industries

    12 May 2020

    Efforts to mitigate the public health emergency of the #COVID-19 pandemic are having an immense impact on the textiles, clothing, leather and footwear industries. Quarantine measures, closure of retail stores, and salary reductions have suppressed consumer demand. At the same time, this highly globalized sector is also struggling with severe supply-side disruption; as workers are told to stay at home, supply chains grind to a halt and factories close. Urgent attention is needed to help these industries recover, to save millions of livelihoods, and help them build back better.

  8. Sectoral impact: COVID-19 creates rough seas for global shipping and fishing

    12 May 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis is affecting the personal safety and health of seafarers and fishers, their conditions of work and their ability to join and leave their vessels. This has had a negative impact on their capacity to perform their key role in ensuring transport by sea, serving passengers and harvesting seafood. With the shipping sector carrying 90 per cent of global trade and the maritime fishing sector being a major supplier of food and livelihoods, the impact of #COVID-19 on employment in these sectors is therefore substantial.

  9. Sectoral impact: Civil aviation sector grounded by COVID-19

    12 May 2020

    To curb the spread of COVID-19, a combination of flight cancellations and travel advisories or bans, have almost entirely halted international travel. In some cases, these restrictions also include air cargo, even though it is instrumental in combating the pandemic by delivering much-needed medical supplies. The impact on employment has been immediate and significant, and without urgent sector-specific support the industry could take years to recover.

  10. Sectoral impact: COVID-19 has brought the automotive industry to a standstill

    12 May 2020

    While employment in the automotive industry had recovered from the 2008-09 global financial crisis, employers and workers across the global supply chains of the industry are once again faced with great uncertainty. Since the global pandemic began in China, the impact of #COVID-19 on the automotive industry was first felt in Asia, but has since become severe throughout the world.

  11. Sectoral impact: Impact of COVID-19 on tourism is unprecedented

    12 May 2020

    Tourism is a major driver of jobs and growth. But COVID-19 has dramatically changed this. The impact on tourism enterprises and workers, the majority being young women, is unprecedented. Timely, large-scale and, in particular, coordinated policy efforts both at international and national levels are needed in consultation with governments, employers’ and workers’ representatives, taking into consideration relevant ILO international labour standards.

  12. Sectoral impact: Agriculture and food security crucial to COVID-19 recovery

    12 May 2020

    While working to feed the world, many agricultural workers are unable to lift themselves out of poverty and food insecurity. As the pandemic spreads, the continued functioning of food supply chains is crucial in preventing a food crisis and reducing the negative impact on the global economy. Coordinated policy responses are needed to support agribusiness and the livelihoods and working conditions of millions of agricultural workers in line with relevant international labour standards.

  13. The impact of COVID-19 on the informal economy

    08 May 2020

    Almost 1.6 billion informal economy workers are significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to a 60 per cent decline in their earnings. For those workers, stopping work or working remotely at home is not an option. Staying home means losing their jobs and, for many, it also means losing their livelihoods.

  14. COVID-19 and the informal economy in Africa

    07 May 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect in Africa, particularly in the informal economy where 325 million workers make their living. Lockdown measures have significantly impacted their lives, along with the many informal enterprises that are at risk of closure.

  15. Sectoral impact: COVID-19 puts a spotlight on the resilience of health systems

    27 April 2020

    Due to the nature of their profession, millions of health workers risk their own health doing their daily work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Respect for labour rights and decent conditions of work are crucial to give these frontline workers the protection they need for waging the long battle ahead to save lives. Social protection systems are an indispensable part of a coordinated policy response to the unfolding crisis, ensuring that people can effectively access health care while supporting job and income security for those most affected. Countries are taking measures to provide comprehensive and adequate benefits to meet people’s needs.

  16. COVID-19: Social protection responses to the crisis

    24 April 2020

    The importance of ensuring universal access to social protection systems that meet people’s needs. Social protection systems are an indispensable part of a coordinated policy response to the unfolding crisis, ensuring that people can effectively access health care while supporting job and income security for those most affected. Countries are taking measures to provide comprehensive and adequate benefits to meet people’s needs.

  17. Five ways to include persons with disabilities in COVID-19 responses

    22 April 2020

    The inequalities exacerbating COVID-19’s impact on persons with disabilities are not new. The risk in the response to the current crisis is that persons with disabilities will be left behind once again. The good news is that we already know what works.

  18. ILO launches COVID-19 sectoral impact briefs

    22 April 2020

    Crises fall hardest on the most vulnerable. When it comes to the social and economic impacts of the pandemic, young people are more likely to feel the pinch harder.

  19. Youth hit hard by COVID-19’s economic fallout

    17 April 2020

    Crises fall hardest on the most vulnerable. When it comes to the social and economic impacts of the pandemic, young people are more likely to feel the pinch harder.

  20. Turn crisis into an opportunity

    15 April 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis has forced nearly 1.37 billion students to stay at home. Youth icon and Indian cinema actor, Ishaan Khatter says that this can be an opportunity to learn new skills, adapt to our changing world of work while taking care of our health and our society.