ICC-B20-L20-W20 Joint Statement - COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely constrained hundreds of millions of workers around the world. Not only have workers been exposed to the health risk, they have also been constrained by lockdown of geographies and widespread shutdown of businesses, including the global value chains. Women are particularly affected and also susceptible to discrimination in support measures.

We, the B20, L20, and W20 welcome the commitment of the G20 Leaders made at the Extraordinary Summit on 26 March, “to do whatever it takes and to use all available policy tools to minimize the economic and social damage from the pandemic, restore global growth, maintain market stability, and strengthen resilience”, and to “ask the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to monitor the pandemic’s impact on employment.”

We call for urgent and coordinated efforts by the G20 to contain the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the workforce.

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