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January 2021

  1. Research Brief

    Protecting the life and health of workers during the COVID 19 pandemic: Overview of national legislative and policy responses

    26 January 2021

    The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the cardinal importance of protecting health and safety in the workplace. ILO Member States are responding, through legislative and policy measures in the world of work, to the occupational health and safety issues raised by this extraordinary situation. This Brief provides examples of laws and policies from 35 countries and territories that are relevant to understanding how workers’ safety and health have been upheld during the crisis.

  2. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    ILO and FAO join forces to keep logging safe

    26 January 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on logging operations around the world, with direct and serious implications for workers and enterprises. As economic activities restart, companies and workers must find ways to adapt to new realities. The ILO and FAO have joined forces and released a practical and participatory checklist to help companies, workers and customers stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19, while mitigating the social economic impact of COVID-19.

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    COVID-19: ILO Monitor – 7th edition

    ILO: Uncertain and uneven recovery expected following unprecedented labour market crisis

    25 January 2021

    The latest analysis of the labour market impact of COVID-19 by the ILO, records massive damage to working time and income, with prospects for a recovery in 2021 slow, uneven and uncertain unless early improvements are supported by human-centred recovery policies.

  4. Video

    ‘Action pledges’ needed to end child labour

    21 January 2021

    Representatives from governments, worker and employer organizations, international agencies and civil society outlined how they intend to eradicate child labour by 2025, at a virtual event to launch the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour.

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    Working from home

    Homeworkers need to be better protected, says the ILO

    13 January 2021

    The dramatic increase in working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the poor working conditions experienced by many homeworkers who, prior to the crisis, numbered an estimated 260 million people worldwide.

  6. COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Towards decent work for all homeworkers

    13 January 2021

    Working from home has long been an important feature of the world of work. However, the institutions that govern the labour market are rarely designed with the home as a workplace in mind. The dramatic increase in working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to address the issues facing homeworkers and their employers, and to pave the way to decent work for all who work from home.

December 2020

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    Q&A

    Universal protection against the worst forms of child labour

    23 December 2020

    In 2020, for the first time in the ILO’s history, an International Labour Standard achieved universal ratification, with acceptance by all 187 Member States. Universal ratification of ILO Convention No. 182 on Worst Forms of Child Labour (1999) means that all children now have legal protection against the worst forms of child labour. The landmark achievement comes at a significant moment, because the United Nations has designated 2021 as the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour. Vera Paquete-Perdigao answers some key questions on child labour and the Convention.

  2. Video

    2020: Looking back, moving forward

    23 December 2020

    As 2020 comes to a close, the ILO looks back on its human-centred approach to tackling the challenges of a unprecedented year. Learn more about the ILO's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and multiple crisis around the world at: www.ilo.org

  3. Labour migration

    Who are the women on the move? A portrait of female migrant workers

    18 December 2020

    The international migration of women, either together with their family or on their own, is an increasingly important and complex phenomenon but remains insufficiently documented owing to a lack of data. New ILOSTAT data offer some insights on the profile of women looking for work and better opportunities abroad.

  4. Statement

    Statement of the Officers of the STC on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) regarding increased collaboration between shipowners and charterers to facilitate crew changes - 15 December 2020

    18 December 2020

    Special Tripartite Committee of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended