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

May 2021

  1. © UN 2021

    United Nations Global Compact

    UN leaders urge companies relying on shipping supply chains to undertake urgent measures to protect seafarers’ rights

    06 May 2021

    New due diligence tool aims to help businesses uphold their responsibility to protect human rights at sea, as new COVID variants threaten to further delay crew changes.

  2. Media advisory

    ILO launches the 7th Global Media Competition on Labour Migration

    06 May 2021

    Journalists are invited to submit their best stories on labour migration, especially those relating to domestic workers and the impact of COVID-19 on labour migration and fair recruitment.

  3. © AFP/Europress 2021

    ILO/WHO partnership to protect health workers

    Healthcare workers urgently need upgraded working conditions, safety and health protection against COVID-19 in Ukraine

    05 May 2021

    Health workers are at the forefront of the global fight against the COVID-19. In Ukraine, however, they face serious challenges in occupational health and safety and working conditions. On 16 April 2021, the ILO and WHO jointly organized a webinar to discuss the key challenges health workers face and to advocate for the implementation of a national occupational health and safety programme.

  4. Our impact, their voices

    Surviving the COVID-19 pandemic through social dialogue

    05 May 2021

    Social dialogue is a key strategy for management and workers to find win-win solutions. One of the Better Work Indonesia (BWI) participating companies shows the benefits gained from social dialogues for both workers’ welfare and business continuity.

  5. Podcast series: Global challenges – Global solutions

    Is the future ready for youth? Youth employment policies for evolving labour markets

    05 May 2021

    Interview with Sukti Dasgupta, ILO Employment Department Chief of the Employment, Labour Markets and Youth Branch, and Juan Chacaltana, Senior Employment Policies Specialist.

  6. News

    The resilience of Indonesia’s OSH System is tested during the pandemic

    04 May 2021

    The ILO and its partners commemorated the World Day for Safety and Health at Work by examining efforts taken by relevant stakeholders, including mass media organizations, in ensuring long-term OSH investments and resilient OSH systems in Indonesia.

  7. The future of the tourism sector

    Tourism: An opportunity to rethink the future of the industry

    04 May 2021

    Tourism has been among the hardest hit of all sectors by the COVID-19 pandemic. Women, youth, and workers in the informal economy are the most at risk from tourism sector job losses and business closures. Building back better from the COVID-19 pandemic represents an opportunity to rethink the future of the tourism sector, including how it contributes to the lives of 300 million workers worldwide.

  8. Opinion editorial

    Solidarity for safety, productivity and sustainability

    03 May 2021

    An opinion editorial by Abdul Hakim, the ILO/Japan National Project Officer, Enhancing COVID-19 Prevention at and through Workplaces, in conjunction with the commemoration of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work and the Labour Day. The opinion article was published by the Jakarta Post on 3 May.

April 2021

  1. © ILO 2021

    Fourth Meeting of the Special Tripartite Committee of the Maritime Labour Convention

    The ILO calls for full respect of seafarers’ rights and for the vaccination of seafarers

    29 April 2021

    Seafarers need COVID-19 vaccinations, wherever they are, to avoid delays and disruption in supply chains.

  2. The Future of Work Podcast

    Why we need to invest now in resilient occupational safety and health systems

    28 April 2021

    Safety and Health in the workplace has been massively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we mark World Day for Safety and Health and Work, Manal Azzi, Senior Occupational Safety and Health Specialist at the ILO, joins us to discuss the vital role that safe workplaces play for crisis recovery and prevention.

  3. Opinion editorial

    Resilient occupational safety and health systems key in pandemic

    28 April 2021

    An opinion editorial by Michiko Miyamoto, Country Director for the ILO in Indonesia, focusing on strengthening the occupational safety and health (OSH) system as part of the commemoration of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The opinion article was published by the Jakarta Post on 28 April.

  4. World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2021 (28 April)

    Good practice in workplaces against COVID-19

    28 April 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of building a sound and resilient Occupational Safety and Health system to protect workers. This video shows examples of good practice by governments, employers and workers in Asia and the Pacific region.

  5. © KB Mpofu / ILO 2021

    World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    ILO calls for resilient occupational safety and health systems for future emergencies

    28 April 2021

    Better national occupational safety and health policies, institutional and regulatory frameworks, that are also integrated into crisis response, are needed, says the International Labour Organization.

  6. Video

    We need a strong, resilient occupational safety and health environment

    27 April 2021

    Safety and Health in the workplace has been massively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A strong, resilient, occupational safety and health environment is vital for crisis recovery and prevention says ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder in a video message to mark World Day for Safety and Health and Work.

  7. World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2021

    Take action to build resilient occupational safety and health systems

    27 April 2021

    On World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2021 the ILO calls for action and investment for a better future of work with safe and healthy work places.