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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.

April 2020

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    COVID-19: Stimulating the economy and employment

    COVID-19 responses must be built on human solidarity, ILO tells World Bank/IMF

    17 April 2020

    In submissions to the Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank the ILO Director-General has laid out a four-pillar plan of policy responses to the COVID-19 crisis, that are human-centred and built on global solidarity.

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    Preliminary analysis of a garment industry survey in Ethiopia on COVID-19 impact

    16 April 2020

    The ILO conducted 20 semi-structured interviews with managers from garment and textile factories in Ethiopia from 1-3 April 2020. Presented here are preliminary summary results from the conversations.

  3. COVID-19 and labour statistics

    Will COVID-19 impair the availability and quality of labour statistics?

    16 April 2020

    During this COVID-19 pandemic it is more important than ever to collect up-to-date labour statistics so that we understand the fast-changing impact on labour markets. However, since most countries rely on face-to-face interviewing as their main way of collecting data, many of these interviews have been suspended. Find out how solutions are being found to keep the statistics flowing.

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    COVID-19: Solidarity between employers’ and workers’ organizations

    In times of crisis, solidarity between workers and employers is paramount, says the ILO

    09 April 2020

    Past crises show that workers and employers need to work together to address the impact of COVID-19, says a new joint report from the International Labour Organization’s workers’ and employers’ groups.

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    COVID-19 impact on Lam Viet Furniture in Viet Nam

    09 April 2020

    In this film, Nguyen Thanh Lam, Director of Lam Viet JSC, a SCORE-trained furniture manufacturer in Binh Duong province, Viet Nam, discusses the unprecedented challenges faced by the company during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  6. COVID-19: Country policy responses

    The world of work and COVID-19: How countries are responding

    09 April 2020

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll in many countries, the ILO is publishing a digest of the actions taken by its member States and their social partners, to lessen the impact on their economies and labour markets.

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    The socio-economic impact of COVID-19 in fragile settings: Peace and social cohesion at risk

    08 April 2020

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    SMEs adapting during Covid-19

    08 April 2020

    Maria Satiaputri the owner and CEO of SCORE-trained Spa Factory Bali discusses how the company is facing COVID-19 and how it is adapting to meet the new challenges. Through workplace cooperation the company culture changed to become more flexible and adapt to new situations. Workers and managers are finding solutions together during the pandemic thanks to SCORE Training.

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    SMEs adapting during COVID-19

    08 April 2020

    This film shows how one SCORE trained SME, Stranough Guitar Technology, based in Bandung, Indonesia is adapting its production and sales strategies during the current crisis. SCORE Training successfully changed the company culture and has created strong communications between management and workers. During the covid 19 pandemic, they are openly discussing company issues together and come up with solutions as a team.

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    Employment-Intensive Investment-Programme (EIIP)'s Response to COVID-19

    07 April 2020

    Rationale for EIIP response, summary of actions, and helpful tools and guidelines for partners

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    COVID-19: Protecting workers in the workplace

    Women health workers: Working relentlessly in hospitals and at home

    07 April 2020

    Women globally make up over 70 per cent of workers in health, including those working in care institutions. They are on the front line of the fight against COVID-19. As a result of the pandemic they are facing a double burden: longer shifts at work and additional care work at home.

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    COVID-19: Stimulating the economy and employment

    ILO: COVID-19 causes devastating losses in working hours and employment

    07 April 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic is having a catastrophic effect on working hours and earnings, globally. A new ILO report highlights some of the worst affected sectors and regions, and outlines policies to mitigate the crisis.

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    ILO defers International Labour Conference until 2021 due to COVID-19

    06 April 2020

    In view of the severe restrictions on travel and personal interaction implemented worldwide and the need to ensure the well-being of delegates and staff, the 109th session of the International Labour Conference will take place next year.

  14. COVID-19:  Stimulating the economy and labour demand

    The need to scale up investment in health workforces

    03 April 2020

    As the COVID-19 crisis puts pressure on health services across the globe, new data from the ILO’s Department of Statistics highlights the already existing shortages of health workers.

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    Are there enough health workers?

    03 April 2020

    Countries’ capacities to recruit and retain health workers vary significantly across regions. This unequal distribution exacerbates inequities in access to health services.