The latest news on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the world of work and the responses of governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations.

September 2021

  1. News

    Smart working to maintain workers’ mental health for business continuity in time of the pandemic

    13 September 2021

    Smart working is the right option for workers and companies. A strategy at the company level should be prepared to maintain workers’ mental health for improved productivity and sustainable business during the pandemic.

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    Latin America and the Caribbean face an insufficient labour market recovery with a predominance of informal jobs

    08 September 2021

    Around 70 per cent of the jobs created in recent months in a group of Latin American countries are in informal conditions. Meanwhile, unemployment and the decline in labour force participation are persistent. The International Labour Organization (ILO) calls for action to face the unequal impact of the crisis with more and better jobs.

  3. COVID-19

    Relief provided to 4,500 return migrant workers in Lao People’s Democratic Republic

    07 September 2021

    The Lao Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare will distribute urgently needed food, hygiene items and information about local employment opportunities to returning migrant workers at quarantine centres, with the support of the International Labour Organization, European Union and Australian Government.

  4. News

    ILO-Ministry of Manpower launch a Guideline for Labour Inspection in Time of Pandemic

    07 September 2021

    The ILO and the Ministry of Manpower jointly develop and launch a Guideline for Labour Inspection in Time of Pandemic to optimize the performance of labour inspectors and to ensure labour compliance as part of the COVID-19 prevention at workplaces.

  5. World Social Protection Report 2020-22

    Social protection at the crossroads: in pursuit of a better future

    02 September 2021

    The World Social Protection Report 2020-2022 provides a global overview of progress made around the world over the past decade in extending social protection and building rights-based social protection systems, including during the COVID-19 period.

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    World Social Protection Report 2020-22

    More than 4 billion people still lack any social protection, ILO report finds

    01 September 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed and exacerbated the social protection gap between countries with high and low income levels.

  7. Our impact, their voices

    Transgender entrepreneurs build businesses in Indonesia

    01 September 2021

    Coaching is helping transgender people in Indonesia overcome discrimination and make a success of their small businesses.

August 2021

  1. Informal Economy

    120 informal sector entrepreneurs in south Santo (Vanuatu) access business and technical training

    31 August 2021

    Since 2020, the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) economic empowerment work in Vanuatu has been amplified by the UN Informal Economies Recovery Project. With the support from the project, the Vanuatu team has been able to extend its reach and to fund seeds and agricultural tools distribution.

  2. Informal Economy

    Tevita Tobeyaweni – Entrepreneur’s Journey (FIJI)

    31 August 2021

    Tevita Tobeyaweni is a dancer-choreographer and the founder of MATA Dance Crew in Fiji. He takes us through his journey as a growing entrepreneur.

  3. News

    ILO and Jurnal Perempuan examine the plight of women workers in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic and technology change

    30 August 2021

    The ILO continues to promote gender equality in Indonesia. Together with Jurnal Perempuan, the Indonesian feminist journal, the ILO launch a joint special edition on women workers in the midst of pandemic and technology change.

  4. Video

    Indigenous Peoples: Partners for safe water, decent work and peace

    27 August 2021

    At the World Water Week 2021 global event, the Philippines shared how indigenous peoples built a water system under the ILO Japan Water and Sanitation Project in the Bangsamoro region, which also respected indigenous rights, culture and traditions.

  5. News

    Learning from the best: ILO’s SCORE and APINDO’s digital Master Class series attract 350 businesses from the culinary and fashion industries

    26 August 2021

    In cooperation with the Indonesian Employers’ Association (APINDO), the ILO’s SCORE Programme provided digital trainings to assist hundreds of culinary and fashion micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to maintain their productivity during the pandemic.

  6. News

    Indonesia to focus its child labour programme in rural area

    24 August 2021

    The Indonesia is reviewing its Roadmap on Child-Labour Free by 2022. The ILO and its Ministerial partners examine progresses made and enhance efforts to meet the global commitment towards ending child labour by 2025.

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    Media advisory

    ILO to launch World Social Protection Report 2020-22

    24 August 2021

    The ILO will issue its "World Social Protection Report 2020-22: Social protection at the crossroads – in pursuit of a better future" on Wednesday 1 September. This flagship report gives a global overview of recent developments in social protection systems, including social protection floors, and covers the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  8. News

    ILO submits the Elimination of Child Labour Petition to the Ministry of Manpower

    23 August 2021

    The ILO has submitted the petition on the elimination of child labour in Indonesia, signed by more than 5,000 people to the Ministry of Manpower. The petition was part of the effort reach a world without child labour by 2025.