PSI @ ILO Summit: COVID-19 and the World of Work

The largest ever online gathering of workers, employers and governments is on now to discuss how to address the economic and social impacts of the pandemic!

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has devastated the world of work, causing massive human suffering and laying bare the extreme vulnerability of many millions of workers.

The ILO Virtual Global Summit on COVID-19 and the World of Work is providing a platform for new ideas and perspectives on how we can ensure the recovery from this pandemic improves the conditions for workers and our communities the world over.


PSI General Secretary Rosa Pavanelli outlines our vision of the need for a new global economic approach to ensure workers aren't made to bear the load of the recovery from Covid-19

PSI Message for ILO - Covid 19 + World of Work Summit


The latest ILO estimates warn that hundreds of millions of jobs could be lost.

The crisis has hit the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in the hardest and cruellest way, exposing the devastating consequences of inequality. This has brought a dramatic increase in poverty, and the warning from the World Food Programme in April that the next pandemic could be a pandemic of hunger.

Women are over-represented in the more affected sectors such as services or in occupations that are at the front line of dealing with the pandemic, notably health and care personnel where they make up 70 per cent of the total. Women also have less access to social protection and bear a disproportionate burden in the provision of care, which has been exacerbated by the closure of schools or care facilities.

Read PSI's Political Priorities on Covid-19

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