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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.

March 2023

  1. © Phil Roeder 2024

    Podcast

    Why are key workers undervalued?

    17 March 2023

    The COVID-19 crisis showed how much we all rely on key workers, yet it also exposed the poor working conditions they often face. How can we ensure that these essential workers are decently treated?

  2. World Employment and Social Outlook

    Ensure decent work for key workers

    15 March 2023

    The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how societies have undervalued essential workers, as well as the importance of giving such workers adequate pay and decent working conditions.

  3. © ILO 2024

    ILOSTAT blog

    The current state of the global labour market: Implications for achieving the Global Goals

    13 March 2023

    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 global goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. But with the COVID-19 pandemic upending the global labour market in recent years, progress towards achieving these goals has been disrupted. From rising unemployment and informal work to slowing productivity growth and persistent gender inequalities, the pandemic has highlighted the need for urgent action to build a more resilient and equitable world of work.

  4. © ILO 2024

    ILO InfoStory

    How to achieve gender equality in global garment supply chains

    10 March 2023

    Global supply chains are a key entry point for women to enter the formal workforce, but serious decent work deficits remain prevalent, including discrimination, violence and harassment. Find out how a more equitable set of policies and actions could help the garment industry drive inclusive economic growth.

  5. © Pathumporn Thongking/UN Women 2024

    Media Advisory

    ILO to release new analysis on key workers

    09 March 2023

  6. News

    It is time for Indonesia to invest in care leave and services

    08 March 2023

    Investing in care leave and services improves women's participation in the workforce and ensures quality childcare. The ILO promotes transformative care work policies through social dialogues.

February 2023

  1. Promotion of social dialogue

    Bipartite dialogues improve productivity of the palm oil industry and make business more resilient

    22 February 2023

    Upholding the rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining is found to be a foundation for improving productivity and increasing number of workers joining trade unions that lead to the advanced protection of workers’ rights in palm oil sector.

  2. Bipartite cooperation

    Employers’ and workers’ organizations of the palm oil sector join forces to promote bipartite cooperation through social dialogues

    16 February 2023

    The Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI) and the Indonesian Trade Union Network for Palm Oil (JAPBUSI) sign a Joint Declaration to address decent work deficits in the sector, promote labour compliance and enhance the image of Indonesia’s palm oil industry for sustainability.

  3. © poco_bw 2024

    Blog

    Amid crisis there is reason to hope – if we come together to pursue social justice

    01 February 2023

    In a blog for the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, ILO Director-General calls for more international cooperation to achieve sustainable development goals and greater social justice.

January 2023

  1. © Yacine Imadalou / ILO 2024

    COVID-19 and transport workers

    Recommendations adopted by heads of UN agencies and sectoral organizations to protect transport workers in future health emergencies

    25 January 2023

    A Joint Action Group, set up to review the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world’s transport workers and the global supply chain, encourages all actors to apply internationally agreed protocols and standards and take proactive and concrete actions for future emergencies.

  2. © xavierarnau 2024

    WESO Trends 2023

    Economic slowdown likely to force workers to accept lower quality jobs

    16 January 2023

    Faltering global employment growth and the pressure on decent working conditions risk undermining social justice, according to the ILO’s World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2023 report.

  3. © Morsa Images 2024

    Working time around the world

    Flexible working hours can benefit work-life balance, businesses and productivity

    06 January 2023

    According to a new ILO report, innovative working time arrangements, such as those introduced during the COVID-19 crisis, can bring benefits for economies, businesses and workers, including greater productivity and improved work-life balance.

  4. © Alan Cleaver 2024

    Working time around the world

    ILO to release report on working time, working hours and work-life balance

    04 January 2023

December 2022

  1. Video

    Empowering women in STEM: ILO soft skills training at Nestle

    30 December 2022

    At Nestle Philippines, over 350 women were trained on critical soft skills needed in the workplace. Sara was one of the managers who were trained to be a facilitator for the In Business Programme. This training helped her manage her team and work across different projects at Nestle.

  2. Video

    ILO soft skills training fuels career success for women at Microtel

    30 December 2022

    At Microtel Philippines, over 160 women were trained on critical soft skills needed in the workplace, such as critical thinking and creative thinking. Lani was among the managers who were trained to be a peer facilitator for the In Business Programme. This training helped her fulfil her dream of becoming one of the respected leaders at her hotel.