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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 2020

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    Blog

    How to ensure older workers fully participate in the recovery after the pandemic

    25 May 2020

    Older workers are a valuable resource for enterprises yet recent history has shown that many are at risk of losing their jobs following crisis and recession.

  2. Media advisory

    ILO to release data on devastating impact of COVID-19 on youth

    25 May 2020

  3. COVID-19 and gender equality

    The COVID-19 response: Getting gender equality right for a better future for women at work

    22 May 2020

    Despite COVID-19, many women in the informal economy have continued to work, putting their health in peril, while many other women are employed in sectors at high risk of job losses or reduction in working hours. Getting gender equality right in the COVID-19 response is key to ensure the return to a better normal.

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    COVID-19: Supporting enterprises, jobs and incomes

    ILO issues guidance for safe, healthy, return to work during COVID-19

    22 May 2020

    Return to work policies should be informed by a human-centred approach that puts rights and international labour standards at the heart of economic, social and environmental strategies and ensures that policy guidance is embedded in national occupational safety and health systems.

  5. COVID-19: Relying on social dialogue for solutions

    Social dialogue key to combating COVID-19

    21 May 2020

    What can governments, employers and workers do to help fight Covid-19? They can work together. The ILO calls this cooperation between representatives of governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations social dialogue.

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    Small matters more now than ever before

    21 May 2020

    COVID-19 has ravaged countless small businesses across the world that are key providers of jobs and livelihoods. What needs to be done to ensure they survive?

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    Q&A

    ILO support for employers during COVID-19 crisis

    20 May 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis has put extraordinary pressure on employers and private sector businesses, to survive and continue to provide decent work. Deborah France Massin, Director of the ILO’s Bureau for Employers’ Activities, explains how they have been helping with services and tools, and ensuring that the views of enterprise are represented to decision-makers.

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    Blog

    The fight against COVID-19 should not mean forgetting the 37 million people living with HIV

    19 May 2020

    As the world focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic, we must not lose the gains made globally over the last thirty years in combating HIV and AIDS.

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    COVID-19 and gender equality

    COVID-19: G7 nations need to get gender equality right for a better future for women at work

    14 May 2020

    Fighting deep-rooted gender inequality must be part of countries’ responses to the crisis, says high-level meeting on the role of women in the post-COVID future.

  10. © Ploy Phutpheng / UN Women 2020

    COVID-19: Social protection coverage

    Plug social protection gaps in developing countries to prevent future crises, ILO says

    14 May 2020

    Strengthened and comprehensive social protection systems will lessen the impact of crises such as COVID-19.

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    Blog

    How to finance social protection in developing countries in the age of COVID-19

    13 May 2020

    It’s possible for developing countries to finance social protection for all their citizens, both in times of crisis and beyond, says development economist Jayati Ghosh.

  12. Media advisory

    ILO examines how lack of social protection threatens COVID-19 recovery in developing countries

    13 May 2020

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    Blog

    The shift to online learning and skills training shows promising trends and troubling signs

    12 May 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an explosion of online learning and training, as millions of people are forced to stay at home. It’s proved to be both an opportunity and a challenge.

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    Blog

    The construction sector can help lead the economic recovery – Here’s how

    11 May 2020

    The construction sector may hold the key to kick-starting economies ravaged by the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  15. COVID-19: Supporting employment and incomes

    The impact of COVID-19 on the informal economy

    08 May 2020

    Almost 1.6 billion informal economy workers are significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to a 60 per cent decline in their earnings. For those workers, stopping work or working remotely at home is not an option. Staying home means losing their jobs and, for many, it also means losing their livelihoods.

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    Blog

    COVID-19 shows why we need multilateralism more than ever

    08 May 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has re-emphasized the importance of a multilateral approach to sustainable development and has confirmed the reality of the interconnectedness of different national economies.

  17. COVID-19: Supporting enterprises, jobs and incomes

    COVID-19 and the informal economy in Africa

    07 May 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect in Africa, particularly in the informal economy where 325 million workers make their living. Lockdown measures have significantly impacted their lives, along with the many informal enterprises that are at risk of closure.

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    COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Contagion or starvation, the dilemma facing informal workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

    07 May 2020

    Lockdown measures will worsen poverty and vulnerabilities among the world’s two billion informal economy workers, says the International Labour Organization.

  19. Media advisory

    ILO evaluates impact of COVID-19 crisis on informal economy workers

    06 May 2020

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    COVID-19: Supporting enterprises, jobs and incomes

    Helping the “double casualties” of COVID-19

    04 May 2020

    The spread of COVID-19 in fragile states riven by conflict and political insecurity, is turning millions of vulnerable people into double casualties of the pandemic.