News on informal economy

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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.

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    A refugee mother determined to provide despite COVID-19

    12 January 2021

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, workers' hours were reduced at the farm in Jordan where Syrian refugee Fatima Hussein Al Ahmad lives and works. Resourceful and determined, she found alternative ways to earn money to buy milk for her baby daughter. Read her story on our new Voices multimedia platform.

  3. Press release

    Seminar on social security for workers in flexible employment

    16 December 2020

    The EU-China Project “Improving China’s Institutional Capacity towards Universal Social Protection” organized a seminar in Beijing on social security for workers in flexible employment.

  4. News

    Focus on labour platforms in China: seizing the opportunities, tackling the challenges

    09 December 2020

    To get a better understanding of new business models and their impact on workers, companies and society at large, the ILO organized a discussion on December 8 focusing on the Chinese situation.

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    Global Wage Report 2020-21

    COVID-19 drives wages down, new ILO report finds

    02 December 2020

    Even before the COVID pandemic hit, hundreds of millions of workers worldwide were being paid less than the minimum wage.

  6. World Aids Day

    Building an integrated workplace response to HIV and COVID-19 in Indonesia

    01 December 2020

    The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Council of the Ministry of Manpower, the Ministry of Health, and the ILO organized eight national public dialogues with a view to finding ways to build an integrated workplace response to HIV and COVID-19 in Indonesia. The dialogues promoted awareness on workers’ safety and health during the COVID -19 pandemic, and discussed ways as well as good practices of adopting an integrated approach to HIV and COVID-19 at workplaces in Indonesia.

  7. World Aids Day

    Reaching migrant workers under VCT@WORK in Gujarat, India in times of COVID-19

    01 December 2020

    COVID-19 hit millions of migrant workers hard in India. They lost livelihoods and were at a heightened risk of COVID-19 during the lockdown. Recognizing that large inter-state and rural to urban migration also aggravates the risk of HIV infection, migrant workers are a key focus of the National AIDS Control Programme in India.

  8. World Aids Day

    Advocating for an all-inclusive, inter-sectoral COVID-19 response in the world of work in Malawi

    01 December 2020

    COVID-19 exacerbated inequalities in a short time. Groups already marginalized ran the risk of being further left behind. The world of work response in Malawi was built around the SDG commitment of leaving no one behind. As part of the UN country team and in collaboration with the government, employers’ and workers’ organizations, the COVID-19 response in the world of work kept its focus on women and girls, people living with HIV, persons with disability and other groups in vulnerable situations.

  9. News

    Technical webinar: Addressing key issues of the transition from informality to formality in forced displacement contexts

    27 November 2020

    On November 5th, the ILO organised its first technical webinar on the key issues on the transition from informality to formality in forced displacement contexts in the framework of the PROSPECTS partnership.

  10. G20 Leaders’ Summit

    ILO welcomes G20 continued commitment to safeguard livelihoods

    22 November 2020

    ILO Director-General says job protection and creation, social protection and social dialogue are essential to minimize the long-term damage from the COVID-19 pandemic.