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International Labour Organization (ILO): The world economy needs a new engine of economic recovery

Ryder called for post COVID-19 policy frameworks to be consistent with the principles set out in international human rights instruments and social security standards

In written statements to the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder warned against higher levels of poverty and inequality resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. Highlighting the urgent need for social protection for all, he called for profound structural changes to build back better…

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Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 leads to massive labour income losses worldwide

Global labour income is estimated to have declined by 10.7 per cent, or US$ 3.5 trillion, in the first three quarters of 2020, compared with the same period in 2019

A new ILO analysis of the labour market impact of COVID-19 reveals a “massive” drop in labour income and a fiscal stimulus gap that threatens to increase inequality between richer and poorer countries The devastating losses in working hours caused by the COVID-19 pandemic  have brought a “massive” drop in labour income…

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Coronavirus - International Labour Organization (ILO): Developing countries should invest US$1.2 trillion to guarantee basic social protection

Closing the coverage gap, worsened by COVID-19, will require additional sources of financing says a new ILO study

To guarantee at least basic income security and access to essential health care for all in 2020 alone, developing countries should invest approximately US$1.2 trillion – on average 3.8 per cent of their GDP – says a new ILO policy brief. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic the social…

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Coronavirus - South Africa: International Labour Organization (ILO) welcomes G20 commitment to inclusive, employment-focused recovery from COVID-19 crisis

G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting Declaration puts the focus on decent work, women and youth

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has welcomed the commitment of the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers to a job-centric focus for COVID-19  recovery plans, promoting decent work for all, especially women and youth. The meeting took place against the backdrop of unprecedented turmoil in global labour markets, with a decline in working hours…

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Coronavirus: International Labour Organization (ILO) Child Labour Convention achieves universal ratification

All 187 member States of the International Labour Organization (ILO) have ratified the ILO Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour, 1999 (No. 182)

For the first time in the ILO’s history, an International Labour Convention has been ratified by all member States. Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour  achieved universal ratification, following ratification by the Kingdom of Tonga. Ambassador for the Kingdom of Tonga, Titilupe Fanetupouvava’u Tuivakano, formally deposited the…

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International Labour Organization (ILO) Global Summit builds commitment to create better world of work after COVID-19

Heads of State and government, as well as prominent global employers’ and trade union leaders, took part in the three-day global event, held online from 7-9 July

The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) (https://www.ILO.org/), Guy Ryder, has welcomed the commitment and determination of world leaders to build a better world of work as a core element of recovery from the COVID-19 crisis (https://bit.ly/3dl9Ia8). Speaking at the close of the Global Summit on COVID-19 and the…

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Global leaders to address International Labour Organization (ILO) Virtual Global Summit on COVID-19 and the World of Work

Representing all regions, the leaders will address the summit via video messages

More than 50 Heads of State and government, as well as prominent global employers’ and trade union leaders are to take part in global discussions on COVID-19 and the World of Work, which be held online, 7-9 July. Representing all regions, the leaders will address the summit via video messages.…

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African ministers, social partners join International Labour Organization (ILO) high-level summit on COVID-19 and the World of Work

The pandemic has devastated the world of work, causing massive human suffering and exposing the extreme vulnerability of millions of workers and enterprises on the continent

More than 50 African ministers of labour or employment, along with representatives of workers’ and employers’ organizations and international organizations joined the International Labour Organization (www.ILO.org) Regional Office for Africa on Thursday, 2 July for a virtual forum to discuss how to address the economic and social impact of the…

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Coronavirus - Africa: International Labour Organization (ILO) warns of COVID-19 migrant ‘crisis within a crisis’

Governments in Asia and Africa, in particular, expect millions of migrant workers to return, whether through compulsion or voluntarily, as their job prospects evaporate

Policies need to be put in place to protect stranded migrant workers and to ensure the reintegration of those who return to their home countries, says the International Labour Organization. Tens of millions of migrant workers, forced to return home because of the COVID-19 pandemic after losing their jobs, face unemployment and…

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Coronavirus: International Labour Organization (ILO) - Release more than 150,000 seafarers trapped on board ships due to COVID-19

Seafarers should be treated as ‘key workers’ so they can safely return home, says the International Labour Organization

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has called for urgent and coordinated action to release the 150,000 to 200,000 seafarers trapped on board ships around the world because of measures to contain the COVID-19 virus. The ILO has urged governments, immigration, health and maritime authorities to work together to recognize seafarers as ‘key…