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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.

August 2022

  1. News

    ILO’s timely interventions assist small businesses in Uganda

    04 August 2022

    Business support grants and business management training from the ILO provided a new lease of life to some of the microenterprises in Uganda struggling to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown measures.

  2. © Putu Sayoga / ILO 2022

    Voices

    How my tourism business survived COVID-19

    01 August 2022

    When COVID-19 struck Indonesia, Dekha Dewandana’s previously thriving ‘homestay’ tourism business was pushed to the verge of collapse. With the support of the ILO, his business survived and grew.

July 2022

  1. Podcast series: Global challenges – Global solutions

    Work-life transitions: Are they becoming more turbulent?

    27 July 2022

    This podcast episode aims to explore labour market transition patterns to enhance global knowledge of such patterns for informed and timely policymaking, particularly in emerging and developing countries, and identifies the role digitalization plays as a driver of changing transition patterns but also as a facilitator of transitions.

  2. BRICS Ministers of Labour and Employment meeting

    ILO Director-General welcomes BRICS commitment to green jobs, skills development, workers’ protection

    15 July 2022

    Guy Ryder warned the BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers, from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, of a growing risk of further labour market deterioration in 2022.

  3. Our impact, their voices

    Women entrepreneurs reboot their businesses

    15 July 2022

    A programme delivered by GREAT Women in partnership with the ILO’s Rebuilding Better Project and J.P. Morgan Philippines offered women entrepreneurs an opportunity to revisit and innovate their business models as they resumed operations post-pandemic.

  4. © ILO 2022

    Gender equality

    Women in the health and care sector earn 24 per cent less than men

    13 July 2022

    The most comprehensive global analysis of gender pay inequalities in the health and care sector finds that women face a larger gender pay gap than other economic sectors.

  5. 100th International Day of Cooperatives

    ILO Director-General statement: Cooperatives help build a better world

    01 July 2022

    On International Day of Cooperatives Guy Ryder highlights how cooperatives prioritise people and decent work and contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive future.

June 2022

  1. Our impact, their voices

    Educating others and ourselves: Peer support for COVID-19 recovery and resilience

    28 June 2022

    ILO’s Rebuilding Better project and the Women Entrepreneur Network of Malaysia’s “WE Rebuild Better” programme helps women-owned businesses in Malaysia recover from the impacts of COVID-19 while supporting them in adapting for a more resilient future.

  2. Trade union capacity building

    Indonesian trade unions enhance their capacity to promote collective bargaining and dispute resolution in palm oil sector

    27 June 2022

    The ILO through its Advancing Workers’ Rights in Indonesia and Malaysia’s Palm Oil Sector project enhances the capacity of trainers and branch leaders of the national trade union confederations and their federations to improve conditions of work and promote social dialogue for dispute resolution.

  3. Press release

    ILO and Embassy of Japan in Madagascar launch a project to strengthen community resilience against COVID-19 and drought

    24 June 2022

    Antananarivo - 24 June 2022 - The Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, the Embassy of Japan and the ILO in Madagascar officially launch a project aimed at strengthening community resilience against the COVID-19 crisis and drought through green works in Amboasary and Bekily districts

  4. Podcast series: Global challenges – Global solutions

    Skilling, re-skilling, digitalization and the future of work

    24 June 2022

    This podcast episode explores labour market skills needs, and how education, training and lifelong learning can effectively skill and re-skill workers throughout their lives in an evolving and increasingly digitalized labour market.

  5. Decent Work in Garment Supply Chains Asia

    Asia still ‘garment factory of the world’ yet faces numerous challenges as industry evolves

    24 June 2022

    A new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO) highlights trends in employment, wages and productivity the Asian garment, footwear and textiles industry.

  6. Podcast series: Global challenges – Global solutions

    The digital divide: Can we narrow the gap?

    13 June 2022

    In many ways, digitalization has made the world of work a better place. Yet many groups of workers, in particular, those who are already disadvantaged and marginalized, face challenges associated with unequal access to digital technologies. This podcast episode examines the digital divide and offers some ideas for narrowing it.

  7. © Yasir Ahmad Salim 2022

    Voices

    I had to stop school and go to work because of COVID-19

    10 June 2022

    When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the city of Mosul in Iraq, Akram’s parents lost their income and livelihood. Akram dropped out of school to help support his family by collecting and selling scrap metal. An ILO project has helped him return to school.

  8. World Day Against Child Labour

    Fight against child labour is at a crossroads

    10 June 2022

    In his statement for World Day Against Child Labour 2022, International Labour Organization Director-General, Guy Ryder, warns the choices made by governments now will make or break the lives of millions of children. He says social protection is one of the most powerful measures to prevent child labour, providing families with income security in difficult times.