1. Social protection a vital part of the pandemic response

    15 July 2020

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder delivers a message to the UNDP High Level Political Forum event on #COVID19 and social protection. Social protection is a vital part of the pandemic response. Yet the majority of people around the world don't have access. Building back better means achieving social protection for all. #USP2030

  2. Message of Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Imran Khan at the ILO Global Summit on 08-Jul-2020

    09 July 2020

    H.E. Mr. Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, addressed the largest ever online gathering of workers, employers and governments at the ILO Global Summit on 08 July 2020. The Global Summit was organized to share country experiences of the pandemic and to deliberate on how to move forward beyond its economic and social impact on the global economy.

  3. The role of Cooperatives and SSE in the COVID-19 response

    03 July 2020

    Cooperatives and other social and solidarity economy (SSE) enterprises around the world are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In responding to this crisis, they have provided essential assistance to their members, adapted their services, connecting people in need of support with local governments and social partners.

  4. ILO Global Summit: COVID-19 and the World of Work

    29 June 2020

    At the beginning of July, the ILO will host a virtual Global Summit on addressing the impact of #COVID-19 on the world of work, and how to build a better future of work as restrictions begin to lift in some regions of the world. Find out more:

  5. ILO: Jobs crisis due to COVID-19 to worsen if returning OFWs not given proper reintegration | ANC

    29 June 2020

    Rex Varona, the National Project Coordinator of the International Labour Organization (ILO) says the jobs crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic may turn into a catastrophe if returning Filipino migrant workers are not given proper reintegration.

  6. ILO sees 60 per cent drop in earnings of informal workers due to pandemic | ANC

    27 June 2020

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) says informal workers are bearing the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the global economy. This as the supply chain gets disrupted from both the demand and the supply side. ILO enterprise specialist Fredy Guayacan notes that as much as 73 per cent of the global informal economy has been heavily impacted by the crisis. He adds that while many sectors have been able to move their operations online, businesses that cannot digitize are heavily impacted.

  7. Message from ILO's Director-General Guy Ryder for International MSME Day 2020

    26 June 2020

    The 2020 International Day of Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) was celebrated on Saturday 27 June. This year, the theme was "COVID-19: The Great Lockdown and its impact on Small Business" which is closely linked to SDG8. On this occasion ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, issued a short video message.

  8. Ratification of ILO's Violence and Harassment Convention C190

    24 June 2020

    The ratification by Fiji, the second after Uruguay, will allow Convention No. 190 to enter into force in June 2021

  9. Migrant workers among the hardest hit by COVID-19 pandemic

    24 June 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic is having a severe impact on millions of migrant workers around the world, says the ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, many of whom lack any access to social protection or economic support of any kind.

  10. COVID-19 and labour migration

    24 June 2020

    Tens of millions of migrant workers face unemployment and poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic. While many migrant workers, particularly women, are doing essential jobs for their host societies, such as health care, many others have lost jobs or work informally. As containment measures ease, millions of migrant workers may be required to return where labour markets are already under strain from high levels of unemployment and business disruptions.

  11. Sustainable migration policies needed to help migrants and businesses during pandemic

    23 June 2020

    Migrant workers are particularly affected by the economic and social crisis, which has put many jobs and businesses under threat, says Roberto Suarez Santos, Secretary-General of the International Organization of Employers. He calls for sustainable migration policies and says social dialogue is key to finding the right solutions.

  12. Migrant workers deserve equal treatment during COVID-19 pandemic

    22 June 2020

    It has never been more important to focus on the rights of migrant workers than during the COVID-19 pandemic, says Sharan Burrow, Secretary General of the International Trade Union Confederation.

  13. A world of work free from violence and harassment

    19 June 2020

    One year ago, governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations from across the world took action to end violence and harassment in the world of work by adopting the ILO Violence and Harassment Convention (No. 190) and its accompanying Recommendation (No. 206). Now is the time for all countries to make this right a reality for all by ratifying this international treaty and creating a world of work free from violence and harassment.

  14. Yalitza Aparicio: Protect domestic workers with labour laws, emergency measures

    16 June 2020

    Oscar-nominated actor, Yalitza Aparicio talks about how the COVID19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of domestic workers. These workers continue to lack access to social protection systems, emergency health measures and endure poor working conditions. During this crisis, they are risking contagion as well as losing their livelihoods.

  15. Serj Tankian: COVID-19 can increase instances of child labour

    15 June 2020

    On World Day against Child Labour, Serj Tankian, a celebrated musician, calls upon all countries, governments, and partners to act decisively against child labour. He says that the pandemic can push back the progress done to get children out of child labour.

  16. ILO supports Jordan’s agricultural sector during COVID-19 pandemic

    15 June 2020

    As part of its COVID-19 response in Jordan, the ILO is working with labour committees and farm owners to raise awareness and protect agricultural workers.

  17. Shifting production to fight COVID-19 in Moldova

    15 June 2020

    Mihai Balan's small business in southern Moldova usually makes decorative souvenirs, but with the COVID-19 pandemic he shifted production to make visors for frontline health workers. Mihai Balan is a beneficiary of the ILO project "Promotion of Youth Employment", which is financed through the ILO Regular Budget Supplementary Account​.

  18. Joint message from the ILO and UNICEF to mark the World Day Against Child Labour

    12 June 2020

    The 2020 World Day Against Child Labour focuses on the impact of COVID-19 on Child Labour, while looking forward to the International Year on the Elimination of Child Labour, 2021. On the occasion of the World Day, a joint ILO-UNICEF paper entitled “COVID-19 and child labour: A time of crisis, a time to act” has been released. The paper looks at some of the main ways through which the pandemic is likely to affect progress towards the eradication of child labour.

  19. Statement by Mr Kameli Batiweti, CEO, Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation, on World Day Against Child Labour 2020

    11 June 2020

    Mr Kameli Batiweti, CEO, Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation shares his message on #nochildlabourday 2020. #COVID19 could result in a rise in poverty and therefore to an increase in child labour as households use every available means to survive.

  20. Statement by Mr Matin Karimli, Director ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries on World Day Against Child Labour 2020

    11 June 2020

    Mr Matin Karimli, Director - ILO Office for Pacific Island Countries shares his message on #nochildlabourday 2020. The #COVID19 crisis could lead to the first rise in child labour after 20 years of progress, according to a new brief from the ILO & UNICEF.