WORLD – ILO WARNS G20 LABOUR MINISTERS THAT GLOBAL ACTION IS VITAL TO PREVENT EMPLOYMENT DISASTER

29, April

The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, has welcomed the G20 Labour and ...

The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, has welcomed the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ commitment for “full global cooperation” to safeguard people’s jobs and incomes, but warned that current support measures are not enough.

In a statement  issued after their virtual Extraordinary Meeting on April 23, the G20 Ministers committed themselves to take “in full global cooperation…a human-centred approach to promote employment, bolster social protection, stabilize labour relations and promote the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work .”

“As the crisis spreads to low and middle income countries we will need to do much more to protect workers and support enterprises, because these countries are less prepared for a protracted crisis. Otherwise, the combination of large informal economies and low social protection coverage will spell disaster for people and economies,” Ryder said.

Ryder welcomed the Ministers’ endorsement of the importance of social dialogue in creating appropriate, responsive and durable solutions to the pandemic.
“Respecting workers’ fundamental rights and effective dialogue with workers’ and employers’ organizations is the only way to create a solid, equitable, global recovery, and ensure the public support needed to carry the measures through,” Ryder said.
The ILO has proposed an integrated, four pillar policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes support for the economy and employment; support for enterprises, jobs and incomes; protection for those working during lockdowns and as economies reopen, and the use of social dialogue