Labour

New UN report offers blueprint for greener, more resilient world of work

Jobs, livelihoods and the well-being of workers, families and businesses across the globe, continue to take a hit from the COVID-19 pandemic; with micro, small and medium enterprises in particular, suffering the dire economic consequences, according to a new policy brief released by the UN on Friday.

‘Lockdown generation’ of young workers will need extra help after COVID-19, urges UN labour chief

Further evidence of the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on the global job market has emerged in a new study by the UN labour agency, which on Wednesday said that more than one in six young people have stopped working since the onset of the pandemic.

Protect workers during and after lockdowns, urges UN labour agency

Marking the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has urged States to take action to prevent and control COVID-19 in the workplace.


 

News in Brief 24 April 2020

  • Cash help needed now to help world’s informal workers
  • Challenges for multilateralism - and optimism - revealed in UN-led global debate
  • Refugee healthworkers step up for coronavirus response in Latin America
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Swift policy action, strong leadership can save millions of jobs, ‘avert the worst’ amid COVID-19 pandemic

As dire forecasts about the global economy add to the anxiety surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN’s labour agency (ILO) on Thursday offered a range of urgent measures, which, if governments act quickly, can help to protect workers in the workplace, stimulate the economy and save millions of jobs.

Thursday’s Daily Brief: Fragile hope for Yemen, TB and Afghanistan updates, Paris's fresco for sustainable development

A recap of Thursday’s stories: Hope rises as violence abates in Yemen; TB infections slowdown but not fast enough; civilian casualties in Afghanistan hit record level; thousands paint picture of sustainable development in Paris; labour research finds strategies to tackle poverty.

News in Brief 17 October 2019

  • Record-high number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan: UN Report
  • Tuberculosis infections declining, but not fast enough among the poor
  • New labour research identifies strategies for tackling poverty and inequality
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Heat stress spike predicted to cost global economy $2.4 trillion a year

An increase in heat stress at work linked to climate change is set to have a massive impact on global productivity and economic losses, notably in agriculture and construction, UN labour experts said on Monday.

Heat stress set to cost world economy $2,400 billion a year: ILO

Two thousand four hundred billion dollars: that’s the expected cost of heat stress to the global economy every year from 2030, and it’s a conservative estimate, UN work experts said on Monday. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Catherine Saget, from the International Labour Organization, warns that developing West African States are likely to be worst-hit, as they’re facing a five per cent drop in working hours by the end of the next decade, caused by rising temperatures.

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News in Brief 11 June 2019

  • UN Security Council offers Yemen Special Envoy ‘their full support’
  • Macron leads EU-wide minimum wage call as Merkel, Medvedev warn of global injustice
  • UN human rights chief Bachelet hails Botswana decision decriminalizing same-sex relationships
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