COVID-19 and the World of Work

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

The ILO Global Summit will provide an opportunity for government, employers, workers representatives and other high-level actors to discuss how the world of work can build back better in the post-pandemic recovery.

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Young people, many already in a situation of considerable difficulty in labour markets before COVID19 have seen their prospects deteriorate sharply. Training and education have been disrupted massively with 50 per cent of learners reporting delays in finishing their courses, and 10 per cent that they doubt they will be able to complete them at all. Of those young people who were in work before the pandemic, one in six no longer are, while the others have seen their working hours fall
by 23 per cent. And those leaving education now face bleak prospects in labour markets reeling under the impact of the virus. The evident danger is of a “lockdown generation” in the making.

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