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TUAC Webinar: Trade Union Perspectives on Covid-19 and the State of Labour markets

13 October 2020

13 October 2020 – 13.00-14.30 CEST

Registration via this Zoom registration form 


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Takahito Katayama, Director International Affairs Policy Division, JTUC-RENGO on “Pandemic spread contained – lessons from Japan

Rob Johnston, Assistant General Secretary, International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) on “Sectors in crisis: civil aviation in the face of the second wave

With the Covid-19 health crisis far from over, the economic and labour market implications are increasingly alarming. Social partners and trade unions in OECD countries have been supporting frontline, laid-off and vulnerable workers throughout the crisis. They pushed tri-partite agreements and health and safety protocols with employers and governments. This has been documented in the TUAC mapping with initiatives from over 20 countries. With second pandemic waves, closures of businesses and the danger of massive job losses looming, it is important to assess government and social partner measures thus far.

According to OECD data, “by May 2020, job retention schemes supported about 50 million jobs across the OECD, about ten times as many as during the global financial crisis of 2008-09.” Will they be enough for the months to come? Is it too early to phase some of the support out? Which sectors and workers struggle most?

This TUAC Webinar will bring together a set of different perspectives on the crisis and its employment dimension.

Moderated by Anna BYHOVSKAYA, Senior Policy Advisor, TUAC