Speaking at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting in Catania, Italy, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder emphasized the need to prevent long-term scarring of economies and societies and to shape an inclusive, sustainable and resilient response that leaves no one behind.
“We are all aware of the devastating impact of the pandemic on our health, our lives, our societies, our economies,” said Ryder, adding, “It has had a cataclysmic impact on the world of work.”
He went on to highlight three aspects of the pandemic and how the impact was felt in the workplace.
In 2020, he noted, the equivalent of 161 million full time jobs were lost in the G20, and 255 million in the world as a whole. As a result:
The number of people in employment in the G20 has dropped to levels last registered in 2013;
- Millions of enterprises remain under threat, particularly small and medium-sized ones;
- 108 million people worldwide have been pushed back into working poverty.
“Taken as a whole, this represents a world of work crisis four times as severe as the one triggered by the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009,” said Ryder.
Read more in our blog post, "ILO Director-General Urges G20 to Focus on a Human-Centered Pandemic Recovery."
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