According to International Labor Organization figures, the epidemic has reduced the number of working hours in the world by 8.8% in 2020, equivalent to 255 million jobs.
The International Labor Organization (ILO) highlighted today on the eve of May that the epidemic “has destroyed the world of work, destroyed jobs, businesses and lifestyles, pushed millions into poverty and caused global development to deteriorate.”
In a message to celebrate International Labor Day, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder called on employees, employers, governments and international organizations to “join efforts to achieve just and decent work for all” at a time when the crisis struck “impregnable.”
According to the figures of the International Labor Organization, The epidemic has reduced the number of working hours in the world by 8.8% in 2020, or the equivalent of 255 million jobsFour times more than the 2009 financial crisis.
Ryder said that the epidemic and its consequences “is a sad reminder of global interdependence, which affects not only health but also work,” stressing that “no one should be indifferent to the state of others, given the fragility of this interconnected world that we have built.”
The head of the organization, which celebrated its centenary in 2019, added: “Solidarity is the key to our survival and prosperity within our borders and outside it.”
Ryder insisted that in the recovery phase from the epidemic, policies should be developed that create more jobs and improve their conditions, while expanding measures to protect workers, protect workers’ rights and enhance social dialogue.
Recalling the sacrifices of many workers in combating COVID-19, The head of the International Labor Organization demanded that this battle not be sacrificed, “the determination to build a better future.” Values of social justice, or basic rights at work. ” (I)